11 best art shows in Doha this month

Cultural exhibitions and displays on show in Doha this month

11 best art shows in Doha this month

Ramadan spirit at Katara
Until August 8
This year’s theme at Katara for Ramadan has been ‘A touch of light illuminating the village of authenticity’. This means special events where modernity and tradition combine such as with calligraphy exhibitions, Islamic lectures and numerous others.
Various places, Katara Cultural Village (www.katara.net).

Meshrebieh and Light
August 9
A family workshop will be hosted on the mashrabiya, the traditional ornate screen window, and will look at how light changes and fragments as it passes through. Children and parents are guided to develop one themselves, keeping the patterns of light and shadow in mind. It’s for ages eight to 12 from noon for QR75 per session.
Katara Art Centre, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244).

Silent film oud night
August 10
A screening of a classic Arabic silent film will be shown and accompanied by a live oud player. It’s open for free to all visitors from 8.30pm.
Katara Art Centre, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244).

Steel and Gold exhibition special
Every Saturday from August 17
Go for a family walk-in activity where you can all have the chance to see some fascinating objects at the current ‘Steel and Gold’ exhibition and then have the opportunity to create your own version of the historic designs. Families are welcome and no prior registration is required. It’s on from 3pm to 5pm each week.
Museum of Islamic Art (www.mia.org.qa).

From Qurtuba to Cordoba
Until August 31
Casa Arabe has organised this exhibition with the active involvement of citizens from the city of Cordoba with an aim of rediscovering its Arab-Islamic heritage through photography. On display is a variety of ornamental details and the collection highlights emblematic monuments, walls, doors, minarets, baths and examples of a recent architectural style from the region. The exhibition has already toured Spain and has been brought to Doha through the cooperation of Katara and the Embassy of Spain.
Katara Gallery 1, building 13, Katara Cultural Village.

Summer Collection (part one)
Until August 31
Over 45 pieces of art by 15 artists including both paintings and sculpture will be on show in Al Markhiya Gallery’s annual Summer Collection exhibition. These include works from artists who have previously not been shown at the gallery before. Ramadan timings here are daily from 7pm right through to midnight.
Al Markhiya Gallery, Souq Waqif (www.almarkhiyagallery.com).

Selections from the Collection
Until August 31
Taken from Mathaf’s permanent collection of around 7,000 works, the pieces in this exhibition highlight more abstract approaches to art making. In focus are the artists’ use of form, colour and lines in a range of media. On show are modern and contemporary works, made between 1966 and 2010, from 17 artists in ten countries around the Arab region. Admission is free.
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (www.mathaf.org.qa).

Writing fun for families
Every Saturday from August 31
Explore great Arabic scripts of the past and experience some of the more beautiful manuscripts in history. This is a family walk-in activity hosted each week from 1pm to 3pm. No booking is required.
Museum of Islamic Art (www.mia.org.qa).

Forever Now: Five Anecdotes from the Permanent Collection
Until October 6
This exhibition of works drawn from Mathaf’s permanent collection has already been displayed for six months but has now been extended to provide visitors more opportunity to view works from these five diverse modern Arab artists. On show are pieces by Fahrelnissa Zeid, Jewad Selim, Saliba Al-Doueihy, Salim Al Dabbaghand and Ahmed Cherkaoui and the exhibition aims to examine these artists’ interactions with their immediate environments. Admission is free.
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (www.mathaf.org.qa).

Steel and Gold – Historic Swords from the MIA Collection
Until December 14
In this historical exhibition you will get the opportunity to see swords dating from the 9th to 20th centuries, the majority of which have never been on display before. There are swords made of steel and embellished with gold and precious stones, as well as ones depicted in manuscripts and historical designs. It aims to demonstrate the importance of swords not just as weapons but also as masterpieces of design, sources of history and fashion items too.
Museum of Islamic Art (www.mia.org.qa).

Dralion by Cirque du Soleil
September 19-28
Cirque du Soleil is back with a show that promises to be bigger and better than last year’s Saltimbanco. Fusing the 3,000-year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion (pronounced dra-lee-on) draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolising the East, and the lion, denoting the West. You can buy tickets online at www.cirquedusoleil.qa.
Aspire Dome, Al Waab (4466 5761).

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