Artistic life in Qatar thrives throughout the year and September sees a new season return in full flow. There is plenty going on in our local galleries and museums so here are a few Time Out recommended events that you can’t miss.
A trio of Arabian artists
Lebanese painter and graphic artist Rafik Majzoub will join Iraqi painter and designer Saddam Aljuamily and Syrian graphic artist Yasser Safi in a joint exhibition at Souq Waqif’s al markhiya Gallery. Next month, from the 1st to 26th, two Iraqi artists will be exhibiting at the gallery, which focuses on contemporary works from the Arab world.
Open Sat-Thu 10am-noon, 4pm-10pm; Fri 4pm-10pm; and by appointment. Behind Zaatar wa Zeit restaurant, Souq Waqif (4442 8007).
My Rock Stars: Volume 1
September 4-October 24
Internationally acclaimed Moroccan artist and photographer Hassan Hajjaj is paying homage to traditional African portraiture and celebrating present day stars, unsung heroes and personal muses in his life. He’s been working on the series since the '80s and now it comes to The Gallery. Read more about the artist and his works.
The opening reception will be at 6pm on September 4. Virginia Commonwealth University, Education City (4402 0555).
Until December 15
The outdoor photography installations you can currently see around Katara Cultural Village have been created by Doha-based documentary maker and artist Omar Khalifa. The idea is to examine ‘the nature of being’ and explore the depth of perspective through humans using digital multiple exposure techniques. The philosophy behind it, according to Katara, is that it ‘comes from a deep interest in identity, multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism’.
Open daily 10am-10pm. Various locations, Katara Cultural Village, West Bay Lagoon (4408 0000).
Once Upon a Butterfly
September 15 – November 15
Lebanese artist Said Baalbaki migrated from Lebanon during the civil war only to be forced to move again from his adopted city of Berlin following the fall of the wall in 1990. This solo exhibition, which is being held at Anima Gallery, tells the story of Said – a migrating butterfly – through his talented form of self expression.
Open Sat-Thu, 10am-10pm; Fri, 2pm-10pm. 30 La Croisette, Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar (4495 3876).
October 5 – January 5
Algerian multi-media artist Adel Abdessemed, who is based in Paris and New York, will showcase more than 15 major works at his first solo show in Qatar at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. The internationally-renowned artist works via mediums including drawing, video, photography, performance and sculpture, using influences such as his personal life, history, society and politics. The pieces that will be on show in Doha will consist of mostly newly commissioned works.
Open Sun, Tue and Thu 11am-3pm; Wed and Sat 11am-3pm, 8pm-midnight. Off Al Luqta Street, Education City (4402 8855).