WATCH: Five must-see exhibitions taking place in Qatar

WATCH: Five must-see exhibitions taking place in Qatar

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

Take advantage of your free time in Qatar! We have assembled a list of exhibitions that you can explore.

Upon arrival at the venue, visitors will be required to present a “green” health status on the Ehteraz virus-tracing app. Masks are required for all visitors. Each person will also be checked for a normal temperature reading at the entrance. Visitors who have a temperature or do not have a mask will not be allowed to enter.

Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the location encouraging visitors to keep their hands clean. Signage reminding visitors to keep a safe distance from other visitors will also be visible on-site.

1. A Falcon’s Eye: Tribute to Sheikh Saoud Al Thani

The Museum of Islamic Art opened A Falcon’s Eye: Tribute to Sheikh Saoud Al Thani on August 2. 2020, a special exhibition featuring extraordinary artworks and artifacts acquired by Sheikh Saoud Al Thani (1966 – 2014), both as a passionate individual collector and on behalf of the State of Qatar. Sheikh Saoud served as Chairman for Qatar’s National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage from 1997 through 2005. His knowledge and interests ranged from wildlife preservation to the history of photography, from Egyptology to modern architecture, and from the exquisite gems and jewelry of the Arabian Gulf and Mughal India to contemporary art.

A Falcon’s Eye, running until April 10, 2021, features approximately 300 objects, some of which have never been exhibited to the public. They range in date from the prehistoric Holocene period to the early 2000s and in geography from South America and Europe to the Arabian Gulf and China. These sweeping displays are presented in distinct, thematic groups reminiscent of the “cabinets of curiosities” or Wunderkammer that individual collectors assembled in the centuries before the first modern museums were established, and that fascinated Sheikh Saoud.

The exhibition fills the Museum of Islamic Art’s entire first-floor temporary exhibition space, which will be named in honor of Sheikh Saoud, and extends into the fourth-floor galleries and balcony. A small selection of objects has also been incorporated into the galleries as part of the Museum of Islamic Art’s permanent collection.

Click here to book your ticket.  

2. Artists in the time of COVID-19

Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum is hosting “Artists in the time of COVID-19” exhibition from September 4 to October 3, 2020, at the contemporary art space, The White Majlis, where art lovers and museum visitors can elevate their tour with an exceptional experience and inspiring pieces of art done by Qatar based creative artists and young talents.

The exhibitions will be open during regular museum opening hours:

Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Friday: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The last admission to the museum collection is 60 minutes before closing and the cafe and gift shop are 30 minutes before closing time.

For admission hours and fees, please visit www.fbqmuseum.org or call on 44861444. 

3. Exhibitions at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Three unique exhibitions await you at Mathaf Museum!

- Yto Barrada: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nougat 

This exhibition brings together photographs, films, sculptures, prints, and fabric work that focus on threads of regeneration and growth in social and geological transformation.

- Huguette Caland: Faces and Places 

This exhibition features seven decades of paintings, drawings, caftans, smocks, and sculptures, including never-before-exhibited paintings, and the first caftan Caland created.

- Lived Forward: Art and Culture in Doha from 1960-2020

 This exhibition looks at generations of artists, intellectuals, and cultural activists who played a major role in activating Doha’s cultural scene.

Date: August 2 to November 30, 2020

Where: Education City, Qatar Foundation

Time: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Book your tickets online! 

4. Picasso's Studios

Picasso’s Studios exhibition is taking place at the Fire Station, Gallery Garage from July 1, 2020, to November 1, 2020.

Picasso’s Studios, organized in partnership with the Musée national Picasso-Paris, looks at the intimate examination of Pablo Picasso’s places of creation throughout his life, from his arrival in Paris around 1900 as a young artist to his last stay in the South of France, in the city of Mougins.

Picasso occupied many studios over the course of his storied career, and they bear a close connection to his development of iconic movements in Modern art history.

From the exceptional collections of the Musée national Picasso-Paris the objects on view range from landmark paintings to sculpture, drawings, engravings, and ceramic works. They are the works that Picasso kept in his studios, the works from which he did not want to be separated from.

Tickets must be purchased online in advance of your visit.­

5. S’hail- Katara International Hunting and Falcons Exhibition 2020

The fourth edition of S’hail- Katara International Hunting and Falcons Exhibition is all set to kick off at Katara Cultural Village.

The exhibition is taking place from October 20-24, 2020.

S’hail is an internationally recognized platform of Qatar which was established in 2017. The exhibition is best known for Hunting & Falconry.

S’hail is also known as Canopus, the only star which is closely related to hunting. It is the sign of a new beginning. Every year birds and hunters eagerly wait for S’hail to shine in the sky to begin their journey. It has four different stages, and all the stages are symbolic.

S’hail is incredibly significant in Arabic culture as well. Many legendary Arabic poets have described the importance of S’hail in their masterpieces.

S’hail aims to preserve and create awareness about the rich cultural legacy by organizing the world-class exhibition, awareness programs, and supporting educational and environmental initiatives at both the national and international levels.

For more information, visit www.s-hail.qa

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