CRI_63091With under three weeks to go until the unveiling of Richard Serra’s exhibitions in Al RIWAQ Doha exhibition space and QMA Gallery at Katara in Doha, the final preparations are being made at the two venues for his first showcase in the Middle East.

Opening on 10 April 2014, Richard Serra brings together sculptures and drawings from different periods of Serra’s 50-year career including works from the seminal One Ton Prop (House of Cards) of 1969, on rare loan from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, to a new sculpture created for this exhibition.

Honorary Director, National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris and curator of the exhibition, Alfred Pacquement, said:

The work invites the viewer first to walk around it, apprehending it from the outside and noting its alternating convexities and concavities. Then, in a process dear to the artist, the viewer gains a completely different view of the sculpture by entering the narrow space between its two high curving walls. The dimensions of Passage of Time, whose title alludes explicitly to its length, are crucial to the viewer’s interaction with it. The time of the work can only be understood by spending time with the work.’

Al RIWAQ, a temporary exhibition space in the heart of Doha will house Serra’s new work, Passage of Time, which has been made especially for the space that spans a total area of 5000 m2. The sculpture is made up of two 66.5 m long and 11.5 m deep steel curves that snake diagonally through the site, and was fabricated in Germany at one of the very few steel mills that can take on such monumental steel works.

Showing alongside Passage of Time, QMA Gallery at Katara Cultural Village will exhibit a survey of Serra’s work including seven sculptures and four large scale drawings in the artist’s signature medium of black paintstick, to present the main stages in the development of his work. His first Props in lead (Inverted House of Cards, 1969, One Ton Prop (House of Cards), 1969, V + 5: To Michael Heizer, 1969 and 5:30, 1969) will be showcased alongside his more recent work (Double Torqued Ellipse III, 1999) to show how Serra’s oeuvre has changed over his career.

This will be Serra’s second project in Doha following the 2011 installation of 7, a vertical steel sculpture in the Museum of Islamic Art Park.

Richard Serra at QMA Gallery at Katara and Richard Serra at Al Riwaq Doha exhibition space both run from 10 April to 6 July 2014.