15 art events in Doha this month

Classical music, film screenings, fine art and more cultural happenings

15 art events in Doha this month

Music for String Trio
March 6

A trio is presenting a medley of music including Beethoven’s String Trio in C Minor. Júlia Kórodi is on violin, Edita Fabek is on viola and Harald Georgi is on cello. The performance kicks off at 6pm and there is no charge for entrance.
Museum of Islamic Arts Atrium, Doha port (www.qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org).

Mahler’s First Symphony
March 8

Han-Na Chang, the music director for Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, is bringing to us her compositions based on Gustav Mahler’s works. Ticket prices range from QR75 to QR300 and they can be bought at Katara Cultural Village. The performance starts at 7.30pm.
Katara Opera House, bldg 16, Katara Cultural Village (www.katara.net).

The Writing Exchange
March 8

Share your writing with a like-minded group. Interactive and engaging exercises and 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 from 5pm.
Katara Art Centre, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244).

Mastaba Conversations
March 8

A monthly themed discussion for/by artists and art enthusiasts (in English and Arabic) is on from 6pm.
Katara Art Centre, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244).

Woven Relations
March 11

The Doha-based artist Mohamed Abu El Naga presents a series of photomontage mixed media works documenting people’s reflections while using the carpet as a symbol of cultures, societies and identities. The opening is at 7pm.
Katara Art Centre, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244).

Finding History in the Present
March 11

Through experimentation with human behaviors, materials and senses, the Doha-based designer Aisha Al Suwaidi created a series of objects that deal with memory, nostalgia and traces of time. The opening of her exhibition is at 7pm.
Katara Art Centre, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244).

On Art: Film Screenings
March 12

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

Organ Symphony
March 14

Conductor Pablo Mieldo and organist Friedemann Winklhofer are presenting an organ symphony with tunes by Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky and Camille Saint-Saëns. Tickets costs between QR75 and QR300, and the performance starts at 7.30pm.
Katara Opera House, bldg 16, Katara Cultural Village (www.katara.net).

Maktaba Children’s Library
March 16

A popular monthly gathering for the young ones at KAC runs from 4pm-5.30pm with a storytelling session followed by hands-on creative fun. Perfect for ages four to seven.
Katara Art Centre, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244).

Kings and Pawns
March 19-June 21

This free exhibition explores the history of board games in the Islamic world from India to Spain between the 7th and 20th century. Games such as chess and backgammon play a part in everyday culture in this part of the world, so the exhibition focuses on chess and other board games with Indian and Islamic ties. It features the boards, pieces, manuals, paintings and manuscripts.
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha port (www.mia.org.qa).

Crossing Boundaries
March 26

Massimo Banzi, the co-founder of the Arduino project, will speak as part of the VCU-Qatar Crossing Boundaries lecture series. He is an interaction designer, educator and open source hardware advocate and has worked as a consultant for clients such as Prada, V&A Museum and Adidas. The lecture starts from 6pm and is free to the public.
The atrium, Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, Education City (4402 0555).

Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto
March 29

Tabare Perlas conducts and Dmitri Levkovich is on piano, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major and songs from Richard Wagner and Robert Schumann. Tickets cost between QR75 and QR200, and the night will kick off at 7.30pm.
Katara Opera House, bldg 16, Katara Cultural Village (www.katara.net).

Until Mar 29

As part of its fifth anniversary celebrations, the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) 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 and diversity 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.
Museum of Islamic Art, Corniche (www.mia.org.qa).

Dusk to Dawn… Threads of Infinity
Until April 9

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.
Anima Gallery, 30 La Croisette, The Pearl-Qatar (4002 7437).

Mona Hatoum: Turbulence
Until May 18

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 laid on the floor. This is the artist’s largest solo exhibition to date in the Arab world, featuring more than 70 works.
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Education City (www.mathaf.org.qa).

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