Best Doha art exhibitions in January

Our critic's pick of 18 cultural happenings

Best Doha art exhibitions in January

MIA Park Bazaar
Jan 4
Museum of Islamic Art Park, Corniche (

Held on the first Saturday of each month, this outdoor marketplace features a number of stalls selling everything from food to jewellery, crafts to clothing, souvenirs to books and more. It starts at 10am and continues throughout the day.

Mathaf voices tours
Jan 4, 11, 18, 25
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar Foundation (

Public tours of Mathaf’s exhibitions run every Saturday from noon-4pm. Specially trained local university students give the tours from their own perspectives and they’re conducted in English and Arabic. They’re free for all to join.

L’âge d’or
Until Jan 5
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Education City (

Algerian-French artist Adel Abdessemed will host his first solo exhibition at Mathaf with major works that have been newly commissioned and produced in Doha. Inspirations are personal, social, historical and political.

Hajj – The Journey Through Art
Until Jan 5
Museum of Islamic Art, Corniche (

In collaboration with the British Museum, the Museum of Islamic Art have curated this exhibition which allows visitors to explore the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj through artworks from private collections, many of which have never been seen before.

From the collectors
Jan 6
Katara Art Centre, bldg 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)

Katara Art Centre will display artworks by regional and international contemporary artists from the collections of Doha based private collectors. Interactive elements placed around the artworks aim to create awareness of collecting art in Doha. Artworks will cycle every two months.

Memories from Syria
Jan 9
Museum of Islamic Art auditorium, Corniche,

The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra will once again take to the atrium inside Museum of Islamic Art along with Maias Al Yamani, the notable violinist and composer, who will perform Memories from Syria No. 2. There’s no entrance fee for the performance and it starts at 6pm.

The writing exchange
Jan 11
Katara Art Centre, bldg 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)

Creatives go to share your writing with a like-minded group from 5pm. Interactive and engaging exercises and activities will bring out your inner creative writer. This group is perfect for adults, university age and up. It’s open to all and free.

Mastaba: Conversations on Art
Jan 11
Katara Art Centre, bldg 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)

Join this monthly themed discussion for and by artists and art enthusiasts in English and Arabic from 6pm.

On Art: film screening
Jan 15
Katara Art Centre, bldg 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)

The team at Katara Art Centre will screen a monthly film highlighting contemporary art and artists in and about the Gulf and beyond, beginning at 7pm.

The Depth of Hope
Jan 15-Feb 27
The Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Qatar Foundation (4402 0555)

Sudanese-Egyptian artist Fathi Hassan, who will have a solo exhibition at The Gallery, experiments with the written and spoken word through his drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations, exploring the theme of ancient languages erased by colonial domination. He plays with the symbols, textures and calligraphy of his Nubian heritage to find the space between graphic symbolism and literal meaning.

Jan 15-Mar 29
Museum of Islamic Art, Corniche (

The museum, in partnership with East Wing, presents a contemporary photography exhibition with artworks by German artist Antje Hanebeck. Eleven handmade ‘photogravure’ prints on display are interpretations of the space and architecture of the museum’s building, which was designed by the architect I. M. Pei.

Mathaf and Maktaba reading circle
Jan 17
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (

This afternoon of reading and activities is suitable for children three to seven years old. They explore the connection between art and storytelling from 3pm-4.30pm. It’s in English and Arabic and it’s free.

Storytelling and crafts with Maktaba Children’s Library
Jan 19
Katara Art Centre, bldg 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)

The popular gathering for young ones returns to Katara Art Centre with a storytelling session followed by hands-on creative fun from 4pm-5.30pm. It’s perfect for ages four to seven.

Crossing Boundaries with Byung Soo-Eun
Jan 22
The atrium, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Qatar Foundation (4402 0555)

A new installment in the lecture series at VCUQatar will be presented by Byung Soo-Eun, the founder of VIUM and 212Design Inc., the first industrial design consulting firm in Korea. Currently he is the artistic director of Seoul City. This lecture is open to the public and free to attend.

Damien Hirst: Relics
Until Jan 22
Al Riwaq Exhibition Space, MIA Park, Corniche (

Spanning over twenty-five years of notable British artist Damien Hirst’s artistic career, Relics will present the largest collection of Hirst’s works ever assembled and includes both well-known iconic and previously unseen works.

Design Exhibition: Dressing Up, Going Out, Eating In
Jan 28
Katara Art Centre, bldg 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)

This collaborative design exhibition by three Doha-based designers explores the interactions of dining through deliberately constructed design installations. The exhibition opens at 6pm. From 7pm, Design Days Dubai director Cyril Zammit will present upcoming offerings of the region’s premier design festival, to be followed by a discussion with the exhibition’s artists/designers.

From Neighbourhood to Neighbourhoods
Jan 29
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar Foundation (

The artists involved in the international residency project ‘From Neighbourhood to Neighbourhoods’ – Alia Farid, Robert Sember, Malak Helmy, Khalifa Al Obaidly and Amal Khalaf – will discuss their experience of working with the community and the changing city from 6pm. It’s in English and free.

Andalusian Curtain
Until Jan 30
Anima Gallery, 30 La Croisette, The Pearl-Qatar (4002 7437)

Anima Gallery is opening its latest exhibition which will showcase the work of Jordanian artist Jihad Al Ameri who has been living in Spain. The Andalusian Curtain has been inspired by the visual briliance of Andalusia which is highlighted through poetry from that region.

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