A Falcon’s Eye: Tribute to Sheikh Saoud Al Thani
August 2, 2020 - April 10, 2021
Featuring extraordinary artworks and artifacts acquired by Sheikh Saoud Al Thani (1966 – 2014), both as an individual collector and on behalf of the State of Qatar.
Sheikh Saoud served as chairman for Qatar’s National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage from 1997 through 2005. His knowledge and interests ranged from wildlife preservation to the history of photography, from Egyptology to modern architecture, and from the exquisite gems and jewellery of the Arabian Gulf and Mughal India to contemporary art.
A Falcon’s Eye features approximately 300 objects, some of which have never before been exhibited to the public. They range in date from the prehistoric Holocene period to the early 2000s and in geography from South America and Europe to the Arabian Gulf and China. These sweeping displays will be presented in distinct, thematic groups reminiscent of the ‘cabinets of curiosities’ or Wunderkammer that individual collectors assembled in the centuries before the first modern museums were established, and that fascinated Sheikh Saoud.
The exhibition will fill the entire first-floor of the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) temporary exhibition space, which will be named in honour of Sheikh Saoud, and extend into the fourth-floor galleries and balcony. A small selection of objects will also be incorporated into the galleries for MIA’s permanent collection.
The exhibition is curated by Dr Hubert Bari (Qatar Museums Curatorial Consultant) and Dr Mounia Chekhab-Abudaya (MIA Curator for North Africa and Iberia).
Please note that tickets must be purchased online. Visit mia.org.qa for more information.