15 best Art events in Doha this month

Cultural shows and exhibitions lighting up Doha in February

15 best Art events in Doha this month

Mariana Heilman exhibition
Feb 4

Katara Art Centre, bldg. 5 Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)
The solo exhibition of new, introspective works by the Doha-based contemporary artist Mariana Heilmann opens with a launch evening from 7pm.

The Spring Festival
Until Feb 6

Souq Waqif, Grand Hamad Street
Souq Waqif’s spring festival is back for another round so head to the marketplace to enjoy parades, plays, music and much more. It’s free to enter but some shows may require tickets.

Mona Hatoum: Turbulence
Feb 7-May 18

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Education City (www.mathaf.org.qa)
This exhibition presents the diversity of artist Mona Hatoum’s work over the last 30 years and is curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath. The exhibition’s premise builds on the artist’s work Turbulence (2012), a 4x4 metre square made of thousands of glass marbles and laid on the floor.

Overall, this is the artist’s largest solo exhibition to date in the Arab world, featuring more than 70 works ranging from large-scale room installations to smaller works on paper and sculptures.

The Writing Exchange
Feb 8

Katara Art Centre, bldg. 5 Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)
Creatives looking to express and develop their ideas and inspiration, go share your writing with a like-minded group. Interactive and engaging activities will bring out your inner creative writer. It’s perfect for adults, university-aged and up but it’s open to all and free to attend. The session starts at 5pm.

Mastaba: Conversations on Art
Feb 8

Katara Art Centre, bldg. 5 Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)
This monthly themed discussion for and by artists and art enthusiasts (in English and Arabic) kicks off at 6pm. Find out more about the upcoming theme for the session on www.facebook.com/kataraartcenter or on Twitter @kataraartcenter.

Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony
Feb 8

Opera House, bldg. 16, Katara Cultural Village (www.qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org)
Enjoy a fantastic performance of Tchaikovsky’s compositions conducted by Dmitri Kitajenko, with Peter Jablonski on piano and Wolfgang Bauer on trumpet. Tickets start from QR75 and the show begins at 7.30pm.

Dusk to Dawn… Threads of Infinity
Feb 9

Anima Gallery, 30 La Croisette, The Pearl-Qatar (4002 7437)
Renowned Brazilian artists Pedro Varela and Carolina Ponte, who are represented by Sao Paulo’s Zipper Gallery, will host a dual exhibition called Dusk to Dawn… Threads of Infinity from this night to mark the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture. Presenting a mosaic of Brazilian colours and diversity, Pedro’s Dusk to Dawn paintings take us through the journey of life, from its deepest dark secrets to its light warm sun rays. Meanwhile, Carolina’s never ending web of spontaneous colours and structure, reflect life’s eternity and threads of infinity.

Caio Vilela street football photography exhibition
Feb 11

Katara Art Centre, bldg. 5 Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)
Part of Qatar-Brazil 2014, photographer Caio Vilela presents an exhibition of street football from around the world, right here in Doha, starting from 7pm.

Storytelling and crafts with Maktaba Children’s Library
Feb 16

Katara Art Centre, bldg. 5 Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)
A popular monthly gathering for the young ones at KAC is on between 4pm-5.30pm with a storytelling session followed by hands-on creative fun. It’s perfect for ages four to seven.

On Art: film screenings
Feb 19

Katara Art Centre, bldg. 5 Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)
KAC will screen a monthly film highlighting contemporary art and artists in and about the Gulf and beyond from 7pm.

Selâm Mekân
Until Feb 22

Katara Gallery 2, bldg. 18, Katara Cultural Village (www.katara.net)
This exhibition by Turkish artist Cana Dagdelen presents installations that explore the concepts of settling down, social affiliation, permanent order and finding a place for oneself by defining them in architectural terms.

Mariana Heilman artist workshop for adults
Feb 22

Katara Art Centre, bldg. 5 Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)
The Doha-based contemporary artist presents an interactive adult workshop around her ideas and work. It starts at 5pm and costs QR75 per person.

Art appreciation classes
Feb 26

Katara Art Centre, bldg. 5 Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)
This brand new class is open to young collectors and art lovers who are eager to learn more about art. It’s free and open to all, starting from 6.30pm.

The Depth of Hope
Until 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.

Until Mar 29

Museum of Islamic Art, Corniche (www.mia.org.qa)
As part of its fifth anniversary, the Museum of Islamic Art presents Radiant, a contemporary photographic exhibition held in collaboration with East Wing at the fourth floor galleries. An iconic achievement by renowned architect I.M. Pei, MIA has inspired a portfolio of images that represents the cultural legacy of the museum and its collection. It is through exploring the museum’s physical space that Radiant sheds light on the many links between the past and the present. It’s free to enter.

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