Sports and art lovers in Qatar will soon witness the excitement of the biggest interactive exhibition that mixes football and fine art, to be launched by Cultural Village Foundation – Katara, under the title, Football and Fine Art, from 18 November to 18 December 2021.

The exhibition, which is the first of its kind in the country, includes paintings by local and international artists that capture the excitement and joy of the last five World Cups, as well as paintings that visualise the fierce competition and stress in the final matches, reflecting the joy of victory and the disappointment of defeat among both players on the field and fans watching in the stadium.

The exhibition will also provide a glimpse into the cities that hosted the tournaments and the landmarks that reflect the civilisations and culture of nations hosting the greatest sporting event in the world.

Sports and arts

The exhibition is part of Katara’s activities that link sports and art and highlights the relationship between football – as the most popular game in the world – and the art of drawing which gives expression to intense emotions and experiences.

Katara had previously launched a similar initiative that also links novels and fine art, Katara Competition for Novel and Fine Art.

The Football and Fine Art exhibition reflects Qatar’s interest in sports, especially football, which led to the country hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The exhibition will be held in two halls, including documentations of the five previous World Cups through paintings.

  • 2002 FIFA World Cup, jointly hosted by South Korea and Japan
  • 2006 FIFA World Cup, hosted by Germany ( 9 June 2006 to 9 July 2006)
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup, hosted by South Africa and the first tournament held in the African continent (11 June to 11 July 2010)
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup, hosted by Brazil (12 June to 13 July 2014)
  • 2018 World Cup, hosted by Russia (14 June to 15 July 2018)

On the sidelines of the Football and Fine Art exhibition, there will be art workshops open to the public that will explore the relationship between football and fine arts. The exhibition will have souvenirs that reflect the exhibition’s theme.

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