Hamad International Airport (HIA) continues to be a destination within itself in Qatar with its collection of artworks and art installations. In collaboration with Qatar Museums (QM), HIA has been conducting tours around its terminal for members of the QM Culture Pass Programme.
A group of 27 tour participants were recently introduced to their unique collection of artworks which include ‘Small Lie’ by American artist and designer KAWS and ‘Cosmos’ by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel.
HIA currently has more than 20 permanent pieces displayed in different locations across the airport’s airside and landside for passengers and guests. Art lovers will enjoy a diversified portfolio of artworks that includes paintings, sculpture, wood art, electronics and interactive installations.
HIA is also home to a local art collection produced by regional and Qatar-based artists that showcases a multi-disciplinary approach using calligraphy, photography, sculpture, and graffiti, amongst other techniques. These artists include Mohamed Al Jaida, Mubarak al Malik, Amal Al Atham, and Yousef Ahmed. Qatari artist Faraj Daham was commissioned to create large-scale murals, whilst artist Ali Hassan produced the desert horse sculpture.
HIA works closely with Qatar Museums to continuously grow its art collection and to bring local, regional and globally-acclaimed artists to its existing display.
Culture Pass members who joined the latest edition of the tour also got the chance to see some of the summer activities that HIA is hosting across the terminal as part of the bigger ‘Summer in Qatar’ programme. These include cultural excursions, live performances, kids’ zone and a wide range of different events, which allow travelling passengers a chance to experience Qatar’s rich hospitality and culture.
For updates and more information about HIA and its Culture Pass Art Tour, visit dohahamadairport.com.