A new edition of the critically acclaimed Pearls: Treasures from the Seas and the Rivers exhibition will be travelling to Moscow in July as part of the Qatar Russia 2018 Year of Culture.

The exhibition is curated specifically for this year’s Year of Culture programme and will display 50 new, never-before-shown artefacts. Originally organised by Qatar Museums (QM), the exhibition will be hosted by the World Diamond Museum at the State Historical Museum in Moscow from 11 July 2018 until 1 October 2018.

Comprising 100 pieces of jewellery and other examples of pearl craftsmanship, Pearls: Treasures from the Seas and the Rivers will introduce visitors to a selection of jewellery made from freshwater pearls of Central Asia. Other masterpiece objects on show at the State Historical Museum will include a spectacular tiara worn by Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria and treasures from other European monarchies.

Qatar Russia 2018 Year of Culture

The exhibition, which is considered one of QM’s flagship initiatives and is the first travelling exhibition organised by the institution, was designed to introduce audiences to the history and transformative impact that the pearl industry had on Qatar and the world. It chronicles pearl fishing in Qatar, providing an insight into the ancient methods and techniques used by pearl divers and an overview of the pearl trade in the Gulf. This is the sixth time that the Pearls exhibition has travelled, with the last show taking place in China as part of the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture.

Exhibition curator Dr Hubert Bari said that the diverse exhibition will answer many of the questions surrounding pearls, which have long inspired artists and painters with their quiet elegance and mystery. Visitors will also be taken on a fascinating journey through the history of pearl diving and trade in Qatar. The exhibition is also a major highlight of the Qatar Russia 2018 Year of Culture, which will see two great cultures explore unexpected historical parallels through the use of pearls in traditional design and jewelleries. He added that hopefully, this is something that will help bring the two nations closer.

The annual Year of Culture programme is made up of a wide variety of exhibitions and events, in addition to literary and art workshops, film screenings, concerts, performances and trade shows. This year’s programme was officially launched at the Embassy of Qatar in Moscow during the celebration of Qatar National Day. An exhibtion of Qatari culture, taking place simultaneously at the Embassy, introduced guests to Qatari traditions and gave an overview of contemporary Qatar. It was followed by a powerful performance from the renowned Igor Moiseev ballet at the Katara Opera House in Doha in February 2018.

The Qatar Russia 2018 Year of Culture is sponsored by Qatar Airways, and was planned in collaboration with leading institutions in Qatar and Russia.

For updates and more information about the various events being organised to mark the Qatar Russia 2018 Year of Culture, visit qm.org.qa.