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Fall Exhibitions at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

October 17, 2018 - November 30, 2018

Mathaf Fall Exhibition 2018 QM

Revolution Generations

Inji Enfflatoun Textile Workers Mathaf RevolutionLocation: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
Dates: starting 17 October 2018

This ground-breaking exhibition curated by Abdellah Karroum, Director of Mathaf, will present artists from the Arab World, Turkey, Iran and diaspora, looking at important moments of change in the history of modern and contemporary art; specifically the 1950s – 1960s Post-Independence(s) era; a period between 1970s – 1990s, and the 2000s Pre-revolutions decades, when underground artistic movements developed in the region in response to the absence of freedom of expression.

Offering a historical narrative, Revolution Generations introduces artists as vital actors of social and cultural change in each of these periods of modern and contemporary history.

Works on show are drawn from Mathaf’s extensive collection, alongside loans from international public and private collections, artists and galleries.

Mounira Al Solh: I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous

Location: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
Dates: starting 17 October 2018

A solo exhibition by Lebanese artist Mounira Al Solh, the exhibition features the series of drawings, ‘I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous’ (2012-ongoing), in which the artist collects personal histories and experiences that emerge from the humanitarian and political crises in Syria and the Middle East.

The more than 150 drawings and embroideries presented at Mathaf document deeply personal encounters and conversations between Al Solh and Syrian refugees as well as other people from the Middle East who were forcibly displaced to Lebanon, Europe, and the United States, chronicling individual accounts of departure, arrival, and grave uncertainty. Just as these works emerge from spaces of conversation and exile around the world, this exhibition, now presented in Doha, becomes a stage for conversation—inspiring us to reflect on and discuss how migration and displacement, conflict and resistance, continue to shape our world today.

FOCUS: Works from Mathaf Collection
Fateh al-Moudarres: Colour, Extensity and Sense

Location: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
Dates: starting 17 October 2018

Guest curated by Sara Raza (Independent Curator), the exhibition presents a posthumous view into the oeuvre of this modernist artist’s studio practice. Deliberately organized as a thematic slice, as opposed to a retrospective, this exhibition provides a revisionist lens, which examines al-Moudaress’s works within the context of his engagements with Surrealism and Sufism.

FOCUS: Works from Mathaf Collection
Jassim Zaini: Representation and Abstraction

Mathaf Painting Fall Exhibition 2018 QM

Location: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
Dates: starting 17 October 2018

Mathaf will present a focused view of the works of a pioneering Qatari modernist. The exhibition explores Zaini’s artistic vision and examines two formal artistic directions adopted by the artist during different and overlapping periods of his artistic career. The works on show are important reflections of a fundamental era in the history of Qatar as they capture the social, cultural and economic transformations brought about by the exploitation of oil and the formation of nation-state.


Saturday to Thursday 9 am – 7 pm
Friday 1:30 pm – 7 pm
Mathaf is accessible for persons with special needs.

Tel 4402 8855 or 4402 8830. Visit


October 17, 2018
November 30, 2018
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