Richard Serra Passage of TimeUnder the patronage of HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums (QM) Chairperson, QM opened the touring Creation Generation Project exhibition at W Doha Hotel & Residences on 3 July 2014.

An initiative inspired by the concurrent Richard Serra’s exhibitions in Qatar, the exhibition will be on view till 17 July 2014 after it opened earlier in June at The Pearl-Qatar. Leader of the Creation Generation Project, Mohammed Ali Kamal, said:

After its huge success at the Pearl-Qatar, we are happy to be opening the same Creation Generation Project exhibition at the W Hotel, Doha, another unusual location for exhibitions outside the museums’ four walls. Through showcasing the work of local young artists in the W hotel, we aim to target new audiences introducing them and bringing them closer to the arts and culture scene in Qatar.’

The QM followed the creative journey ofsix passionate and talented local and creative artists who were carefully picked to take part in this project. Each week before the exhibition, one of the selected artists was in the spotlight while creating a unique piece of art inspired by Richard Serra’s work, using a variety of mediums.The exhibition includes the photos of: Amira Fareed, Abdulaziz Alajail, Haya Al Thani and Mohammed Abdullah Al Dossari along with the sculptures of Abdulaziz Yousef, Khalifa Ghaith Al Kuwari.

General Manager of W Doha Hotel & Residents, Safak Guvenc, said:

W Doha Hotel & Residences is honoured to be working in collaboration with QM to host such an inspirational exhibition. Richard Serra is credited around the world for his exceptional talent – the Creation Generation Project is the perfect edition to Qatar’s flourishing art scene. We would like to congratulate the QM on its success in spearheading the project for the country and furthermore showcasing the importance of working with local talent.’

Richard Serra, the most comprehensive showcase of the artist’s work in the Middle East, is open across multiple venues in Qatar. The solo show at QM Gallery coincides with the exhibition of Passage of Time, a striking curved sculpture specially conceived for AlRIWAQ DOHA exhibition space, and the unveiling of Serra’s second public commission in Qatar, East-West/West-East, an extraordinary standing-plate work spanning over a kilometre in length, and crossing the peninsula of the Brouq Nature Reserve connecting the waters of the Gulf.

Richard Serra at QM Gallery, Katara, and Richard Serra at AL RIWAQ DOHA run from 10 April to 6 July 2014, East-West/West-East is a permanent addition to Qatar’s public art landscape.