Don’t miss a fun-filled season of unmissable exhibitions and cultural events on their way to Doha this Autumn. From September 2015 to January 2016, Qatar Museums, under the patronage of H.E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani will be showcasing the best that Qatar’s cultural scene has to offer. From a prestigious exhibition by a renowned international artist to photography exhibitions and bazaars, there is something to suit every mood.

1.      The Hunt: Princely Pursuits in Islamic Lands
Museum of Islamic Art, Special Exhibitions Gallery, 1st Floor
16 September 2015 – 9 January 2016

Rich with symbolism and pageantry, hunting was, and in some places continues to be, an essential activity in the lifestyle of princes, sultans and pashas throughout the Islamic world. As such, images of the hunt in almost every medium are commonly found in Islamic art, whether in lavishly illustrated Shahnameh manuscripts, inlaid metalwork or colourful mina’i ceramics. Frequently commissioned and exhibited for royal display, such artworks form a significant component of collections held by prominent Qatari and Turkish museums. This exhibition draws on such artworks to explore and celebrate hunting and the related activities of polo, feasting and fighting.

Entrance: Free

Opening hours:
Sunday            10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Monday          10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday          Closed
Wednesday  10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday         Noon – 8 pm
Friday              2 pm – 8 pm
Saturday         Noon – 8 pm

Visit Museum of Islamic Art’s website or call 4422 4444 for more details.


2.      Luc Tuymans: Intolerance
Al Riwaq Gallery
19 October 2015- 30 January 2016

On 19th of October, Qatar Museums will present a retrospective of the work of Luc Tuymans, the first solo show of the artist in the Gulf region.

The exhibition, Intolerance, a comprehensive survey of the artist’s work, will include a series of wall paintings and a new body of work, ‘The Arena’, created specifically for the show. Curated by Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art Washington, the exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue edited by Lynne Cooke and Tommy Simoens.

Belgian artist Luc Tuymans (b. 1958) is one of the key figures of a new generation of figurative painters, widely credited with having contributed to the revival of painting in the 1990s and recognised as one of the most important living painters today.

Entrance: Free

Opening hours:
Sunday            10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Monday          10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday          Closed
Wednesday  10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday         Noon – 8 pm
Friday              2 pm – 8 pm
Saturday         Noon – 8 pm


3.       A series of events to celebrate the Qatar/Turkey Year of Culture

Celebrating the long-standing relationship between the two countries, the Qatar/Turkey Year of Culture aims to forge new and support existing partnerships in the arts, education and sport while promoting an awareness and appreciation of each country’s culture, achievements and heritage. Here are some of the latest events on offer in Doha to celebrate this rich programme of cultural exchange.

Visit Qatar-Turkey Years of Culture website  for further information on Qatar/Turkey planned events.

 

Artistic Journeys: New Angles, New perspectives
Qatar Photographic Society Building 18, Katara
1 – 30 September 2015

This photography exhibition is a unique visual interpretation of this year’s Qatar/Turkey Year of Culture. Four photographers from two different Muslim nations documented theirs journeys as moments captured in time; engaging in an inspiring exchange of artistic discovery and cultural dialogue. The exhibition features works by Qatari photographers Sara Al Obaidly and Saleh Al Marri and Turkish photographers Prof. Ali Muhammet Bay and Hasan Yelken.

Entrance: Free
Open daily from 6 am – 10 pm

 

Magnificent Century, The Exhibition, Special Edition: Harem Al Sultan
QM Gallery, Building 10, Katara
17 September – 12 December 2015

The Magnificent Century series has become a television legend, a historical soap opera on the life of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent that has now been watched by 300 million viewers in 54 countries.  This unique exhibition brings the costumes, sets and ambiance of the series to Doha, revealing the stories behind the life of the Turkish conqueror and his love for the humble and beautiful Hurrem Sultan.  Exhibition visitors will be transported back to the glorious world of Suleiman the Magnificent and see the artistry and craftsmanship that went into creating the iconic props and decors of the series.

Entrance: Free

Opening hours:
Sunday            Closed
Monday           10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday        10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday  10 am – 8 pm
Thursday        10 am – 8 pm
Friday              3 pm – 9 pm
Saturday        10 am – 8 pm

 

Turkish Treasures Gallery Trail
Museum of Islamic Art
September 2015 onwards

Turkey has played a major role in the arts and cultures of the Islamic world. From the rule of the Central Asian Saljuq Dynasty in the 11th century until the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century, Turkey was the cradle as well as the crossroads of a rich variety of Islamic Art, made for sultans and viziers as well as ordinary patrons. This self-guided tour reveals the beautiful and significant works of Turkish Art in the collections of the Museum of Islamic Art. A tour pamphlet is available free of charge in Arabic and English at the museum.

Visit Museum of Islamic Art’s website or call 4422 4444 for more details.

 

Archaeology and Heritage Conservation in Turkey Lectures
UCL Qatar, Education City/MIA
September –November 2015

This is a lecture series organised in partnership with UCL Qatar University, introducing the work of key Turkish experts in the fields of Archaeology and Heritage Conservation. Topics covered will include Neolithic cultures of Eastern Anatolia, the challenges of preserving World Heritage Sites of Bursa and Cumalikizik, and underwater archaeology in Turkey.

Visit Qatar/Turkey Year of Culture website for more details and lecture timings.

 

Turkish Festival & Bazaar
MIA Park
28th – 31st October 2015

A key part of the Qatar/Turkey 2015 Year of Culture and presented by Qatar Museums and the Ministry of Culture of Turkey, the Turkish Festival and Bazaar will celebrate the rich and varied cultures of Turkey in Qatar by putting on a weekend of events at MIA Park.  The fun filled weekend will see performances by Turkey’s leading musicians and dancers, a Karagoz shadow play and workshop, calligraphy and marbling classes and exhibitions of photography and historic Turkish Film Posters. All this presented in a beautifully-conceived outdoor setting that will include a bazaar, Turkish tea house, stages, food stalls and a children’s area. This is one not to be missed.

Visit Qatar/Turkey Year of Culture website for more details.

 

Guest Artist at the Fire Station Artist in Residence Project
Fire Station Building, Doha
4 October – 4 November 2015

The ‘Artist in Residence’ at the Fire Station is scheduled to kick off in early September, and marks an important milestone in QM’s goal to provide support to the next generation of cultural producers and to help inspire an indigenous culture of creativity and innovation in Qatar. As part of the programme, award winning young Turkish artist Özgeçmiş Özkan Ari will complete a month-long guest residency at Qatar’s new artist development and residency centre.  Ari’s work focuses on self-portraiture and fragmented images of the human body, and he draws inspiration from religion, history and popular culture.  He will do a talk on his work at the end of the residency period.

Visit Fire Station: Artist in Residence page for more information.

Fire Station M63

 

Check out Marhaba’s Events Calendar for more events and exhibitions in Qatar.