Titled ‘East-West/West-East’, and standing in the desert landscape of Qatar’s Brouq Nature Reserve, Richard Serra’s new sculpture has a futuristic and other-worldly feel about it. The four monoliths are anywhere between 14.7m and 16.7m high, with a distance of more than a kilometre between them. They stretch across the nature reserve’s peninsula from east to west, connecting the waters of the Gulf. Despite varying in height, the tops of the monoliths are level to each other, as well as to the tops of the gypsum plateaus on either side, which form a natural corridor for the monoliths. This is Serra’s second large-scale sculpture to be installed in the Middle East – the first, in 2011, is a vertical steel structure that stands in the Museum of Islamic Art Park. Both of these projects add to Qatar’s growing portfolio of intriguing public art.
Catch Richard Serra’s two exhibitions in Doha from April to July
Meanwhile, back in Doha, Serra is simultaneously launching two exhibitions, both titled ‘Richard Serra’. He’ll bring his solo show to the region for the first time at ALRIWAQ DOHA Exhibition Space, as well as another impressive sculpture at the QMA Gallery in Katara, titled ‘Passage of Time’ (two steel curves, both 66.5m long and 4.1m tall, that meander through the exhibition space). Also on display will be works – including sculptures and drawings – from different periods of the artist’s 50-year career, which has taken him from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Both Richard Serra exhibitions will be open to the public from April 10-July 6.
ALRIWAQ DOHA Exhibition Space: Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat 8pm-11pm. Next to the Museum of Islamic Art, Al Corniche Street, Doha, www.richardserraqatar.qa (4402 4849). QM Gallery: Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat 8pm-10.30pm. Building 10, Katara Cultural Village, Doha, www.richardserraqatar.qa (4408 1255).