Qatar Museums to transform nation into outdoor art museum
Qatar Museums (QM) yesterday announced plans to transform the nation’s landscape into a vast outdoor art museum experience in celebration of Qatar’s hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022 Games.
Beginning now and continuing until the opening of the World Cup in November 2022, QM will install more than 40 new and commissioned public artworks across Qatar, in a variety of public spaces including parks and shopping areas, educational and athletic facilities, Hamad International Airport (HIA) and Q-Rail stations, as well as select stadiums that will host the World Cup Games.
QM is working with various local entities on Qatar’s public art program including HIA, the Supreme Committee of Legacy and Delivery and the Public Works Authority (Ashghal).
Chairperson of Qatar Museums, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, commented, “The enrichment of Qatar’s public spaces by extraordinary artworks by artists of all nationalities and backgrounds is a point of pride for our nation. I hope these outstanding artworks will be enjoyed as a sweeping outdoor museum experience by our local community as well as the millions of visitors we expect to welcome to Doha in 2022 from the moment they arrive at Hamad International Airport.”
Director of QM’s Public Art department, Abdulrahman Ahmed Al-Ishaq said, “The addition of more than 40 installations all over Doha and throughout the country is representative of Qatar Museums commitment to its public art program, which enlivens the spaces we share, encourages dialogue among countless people, and provides sources of inspiration that are always accessible.”
Featuring celebrated Qatari, regional and international artists, the new installations, most of which have been commissioned, will bring QM’s total number of public artworks to more than 100 making this one of the most ambitious public art programs in the world.
Qatari and MENA region artists to be represented include Adel Abidin, Mohammed Al-Ateeq, Ahmed Al Bahrani, Shouq Al-Mana, Shua’a Al Muftah, Salman Al-Malik, Monira al Qadiri, Faraj Daham, Simone Fattal, and Wafeeqa Sultan. International artists include Daniel Arsham, Tom Claassen, Shezad Dawood, Olafur Eliasson, Katherina Fritsch, Isa Genzken, Shilpi Gupta, Subodh Gupta, Mark Handforth, Jitish Kallat, Bruce Nauman, Ernesto Neto, and Faye Toogood.
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