Under the visionary guidance of its Chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums (QM) has launched a collection of innovative publications at this year’s 27th Doha International Book Fair. The book releases come as part of the organisation’s continued efforts and commitment to educate the community on arts, heritage and creativity and develop an engaged cultural audience.
This is the third time that QM has participated in this renowned annual international event, which will run from 30 November – 10 December, 2016, at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC).
To mark its participation, QM has launched 10 new publications that will be showcased alongside 100 QM publications in total, ranging from comic book style illustrations, to books showcasing works by acclaimed local, regional and international artists that have exhibited in Qatar in the past and present.
The list of new books that visitors can now view and purchase at Qatar Museums’ booth include:
The Qatari Kitchen, written by the famous cooking and etiquette expert Aisha Mohamed Al Tamimi, is a beautifully illustrated book showing historical culinary artefacts from a number of private collections. The book provides a glimpse into the past but also shows how these utensils can still be used today.
Written by Dr. Fatima Hassan Al Sulaiti, two versions of The Adventures of Faisal books will be on sale at this year’s book fair. Written and illustrated in an engaging comic book style, this series will inspire young readers about the importance of Qatar’s history and historical sites, and will leave a lasting sense of interest and pride. One version will showcase Faisal’s journey into Souq Waqif and the other version will be set in Katara.
Spring Prince, written by the acclaimed Turkish children’s author Melike Gunyuz, is a brilliantly illustrated book that will inspire young readers to follow their dreams by following the story of a Little Feather that discovers the power of imagination by achieving his dream of becoming the Prince of Spring.
Shamma Al Kuwari has released a book titled The Eye Loves What It Sees that will bring to life the many treasures showcased at the Museum of Islamic Art. The book will help readers discover the heroes and events that played a role in the amazing history of the Islamic world.
In collaboration with Ludion Press, QM presents Al Rasm Ala Aljaleed, an Arabic edition of the Belgian children’s book Painting on Ice, which is inspired by the work of acclaimed Belgian artist, Luc Tuymans.
Ismail Azzam, a book put together by Bahaa Abudaya, Ala Bashir, Faraj Daham and Hadi Yasem, beautifully showcases the work of Iraqi artist Ismail Azzam in a series of photo-realistic portraits of 15 artists from the Middle East and North Africa, created using the reverse charcoal technique.
Following the success of What About the Art? Contemporary Art from China, a major exhibition of 15 contemporary Chinese artists curated by the internationally acclaimed New York based Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, QM presents a book that features in-depth interviews with the artists, plus essays by Cai Guo-Qiang and acclaimed scholars Jerome Silbergeld, Terry Smith and Wang Hui. The book, holding the same title as the exhibition, presents a fascinating insight into contemporary art in China today.
Obaidli: In Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist features work from Fragments, an exhibition by artist Mahmoud Obaidi that is currently on show in QM Gallery in Katara. In this exhibition, the artist retraces the ‘organised chaos’ that led to the destruction of Iraq, and presents a response to witnessing the city of Baghdad fall piece by piece. The book also includes a look into the artists’ practice and an extended interview with celebrated curator, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Noof Ibrahim Al Abdulla, Director of Publications at Qatar Museums, said:
We are very proud to present our latest series of books for visitors to enjoy at this year’s book fair. This is the largest selection of publications that we have released to date at the Fair, which invite visitors to explore art, culture and heritage. Through these fantastic publications, readers will be able to explore our incredible permanent collections, discover our current and previous exhibitions, and engage with our nation’s culture and heritage. Through initiatives such as these, we strive to enrich the lives of all those who live in and visit Qatar, by providing books that will educate our readers on arts and culture from around the world.’
To mark the book releases, QM is hosting a number of exciting events and activities daily at the Book Fair for visitors and families to enjoy, including storytelling and workshops on calligraphy, Iznik palates and creating moving puppets.
Organised by Qatar’s Minister of Culture and Sports, 33 countries and 490 publishing houses will participate in the 26th Doha International Book Fair. Doors will be open for visitors from 9 am– 1 pm and again from 4 pm– 10 pm. On Fridays, it will be open from 4 pm until 11 pm.
In addition to annually participating in Doha’s International Book Fair, QM also houses an incredible collection of books all year round at the Museum of Islamic Art and Mathaf libraries.
Located in the education wing of the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), the MIA library includes specialist books and monographs on Islamic art, art reference books, museum collection and exhibition catalogues and scholarly periodicals on art, including auction catalogues. With more than 15,000 books available, MIA’s library is one of the largest of its kind in the region.
The Mathaf Library, or “Maktaba” in Arabic, is a research library housing a comprehensive collection devoted to modern and contemporary Arab art from the region. With more than 7,000 books, the library has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of publications on general art history and modern art world wide, with a special focus on the Arab world.
For more information, visit Qatar Museums website.