Qatar Museums is collaborating with The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York, encompassing the exchange of exhibitions, programmes and scholarly cooperation.

On the occasion of the reopening of a thoroughly reinstalled and reimagined Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), and in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Met Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia, Qatar Museums provided a generous gift to The Met, which in turn named after Qatar the gallery housing the art from the Umayyad and Abbasid Periods (7th-13th centuries).

As part of the collaboration between the two institutions, Qatar Museums has lent works from its renowned collections to The Met for exhibitions. These include Jerusalem in the Middle Ages (2016), Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy (2015), The Great Age of the Seljuks (2016) and the Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey (2019).

Similarly, works from The Met’s collection will go on view in Doha from 26 October for the inaugural special exhibition at the renovated MIA. The exhibition, Baghdad: Eye’s Delight, focuses on the art of the Abbasid period – one of the two classical periods featured in the Qatar Gallery at The Met.

 

According to Qatar Museums Chairperson HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the establishment of the Qatar Gallery at The Met highlights the collegiality between the institutions and their desire to advance a crucial goal which she said they hold in common – to heighten appreciation everywhere for the art of the Islamic world.

We are proud to come together with The Met to honour the beauty, depth and variety of a global tradition that spans fourteen centuries.

The Met Director Max Hollein said they are deeply grateful to Qatar Museums for the extraordinary act of generosity. He said that the ‘gift’ is the latest instance of the longstanding relationship between the two institutions and marks the start of a broad collaboration encompassing the exchange of exhibitions, programmes and scholarly cooperation.

This critical support is especially meaningful as we mark the 10thanniversary of the opening of The Met’s renovated galleries, which continue to be a source of great interest and inspiration for our millions of yearly visitors.

The commitment between the cultural institutions furthers Qatar Museums’ efforts to fulfil its mission of sharing art and culture from Qatar and the MENASA region with the rest of the world.

The collaboration also serves as a legacy project of Qatar Museums’ 2021 Years of Culture programme, which celebrated the strong ties between Qatar and the United States through a year-long cultural exchange aimed at deepening understanding between nations and their people.

For more information about the various programmes under Qatar Museums, visit qm.org.qa


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