FBQ museum continues Europe tour with its international exhibition “The Majlis - Cultures in Dialogue”
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani and His Excellency Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani in collaboration with UNESCO Doha Office, and with support of Qatar Shell and Al Faisal Holding, “The Majlis – Cultures in Dialogue” moves to its fifth stop in the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid, Spain after the successful voyage that started since 2018 in the Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta, Malta, then The UNESCO Headquarters and the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, France, and lately The Weltmuseum in Vienna, Austria.
This exhibition opened to the public on September 28, 2020, and will continue until January 17, 2021.
“The Majlis – Cultures in Dialogue” is a traveling cross-cultural exhibition that features a collection of the Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum (FBQ Museum), a unique assembly of artifacts reflecting the interaction of civilizations in the past while encouraging dialogue in the present.
The exhibition showcases carefully selected objects that illustrate different levels of culture while expanding the horizons of our understanding of other people and places and is enriched by an open space for intriguing discussions.
This international touring exhibition aims to stimulate dialogue between cultures, religions, and countries on the relevance of cultural heritage. It will be an opportunity for people to interact with stories of exchange, tolerance, inspiration, innovation, and understanding that are concealed in the objects highlighted in the exhibition.
The highly esteemed National Archaeological Museum is the perfect spot for this exhibition since it was designed to create strong and durable cultural ties while cultivating constructive dialogue between the Arab World, Spain, and Europe.
This cross-disciplinary space is the ideal place for the development of cultural projects, in collaboration with institutions, creators, and thinkers from the Arab world and intends to make a distinctive contribution to the institutional cultural landscape. Additionally, to make the next generation aware of the impressive art forms and strong culture that Qatar displays, major emphasis will be placed on making the event accessible to school children and university students.
“Since its inception, the intent of this traveling cross-cultural exhibition has been to spread the message of peace, prosperity, understanding each other’s cultures, believing in co-existence, and becoming more tolerant. With this exhibition, we want to focus on the similarities that bind us as human beings belonging to different religions and cultures. These objectives are being perfectly enhanced in the artifacts, which we have selected to be displayed at the National Archaeological Museum. It will actively serve the role of keeping alive the history, culture, and traditions for the next generations to learn and draw from, as well as helping promote and sustain cultural dialogue in the different countries that we will be visiting," commented H.E. Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Bin Faisal Al Thani.
“The exhibition connects people and cultures through dialogue. It highlights cultural ties and cultural cooperation between Qatar and Spain. The spirit of the exhibition enhances the Arab heritage and legacy of Al Andalus, which remains through historic buildings in cities like Granada, Cordoba or Seville. In Medieval Spain, the School of Translators of Toledo fostered a cooperative coexistence and mutual understanding through the exchange of knowledge and educational backgrounds, and this is the substance of The Majlis – Cultures in Dialogue. The result is an enriched culture of wisdom, thought, and learning,” added H.E. Ms. Belen Alfaro, The Ambassador of Spain in Qatar.
“The Majlis – Cultures in Dialogue” has traveled to several European countries since 2018, continuing to the USA in 2021, showcasing a unique collection from the marvelous artifacts at FBQ Museum that reflects the interplay of civilizations in order to foster intercultural dialogue and a spirit of understanding, harmony, and peace among peoples.
Visitor can also learn more about “The Majlis – Cultures in Dialogue” exhibition through a customized catalogue which will be available in three different languages: English, German, and Spanish; this catalogue will be also available at FBQ Museum Gift Shop to give the chance for Qatari people and residence in Qatar to enjoy this International Cultural Exhibition.
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