Qatar’s status as a cultural centre is strengthened every year and this Autumn, under the patronage of H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums has an impressive line-up of exhibitions and events.
Time Out has had a preview of the events to come. Look out for these events and make a note in your cultural calendar.
The Hunt: Princely Pursuits in Islamic Lands: Hunting has played a significant part in Arabian culture for centuries. The importance is such that images of the hunt have featured prominently in all forms of Islamic art, whether that is in the form of in lavishly illustrated Shahnameh manuscripts, inlaid metalwork or colourful mina’i ceramics. Renowned Qatari and Turkish museums have contributed works for this Museum of Islamic Art exhibition.
Free. Museum of Islamic Art, 16 September, 2015-January 9, 2016. Visit mia.org.qa or call 4422 4444 for more details.
Luc Tuymans: Intolerance: Belgian artist, Tuymans, is said to be one of the key figures in a new generation of figurative painters. He contributed to the painting revival of the 1990s and is recognised as one of the world’s most important living painters. The exhibition at the Riwaq Gallery, Intolerance, a comprehensive survey of the artist’s work, will include a series of wall paintings and a new body of work, 'The Arena', created specifically for the show.
Al Riwaq Gallery. 19 October 2015- 30 January 2016. Visit www.qm.org.qa for more information.
Artistic Journeys: New Angles, New perspectives: A visual interpretation of this year’s Qatar/Turkey Year of Culture. Four photographers from two different Muslim nations documented their journeys as moments captured in time; engaging in an inspiring exchange of artistic discovery and cultural dialogue. The exhibition features works by Qatari photographers Sara Al Obaidly and Saleh Al Marri and Turkish photographers Prof. Ali Muhammet Bay and Hasan Yelken.
Qatar Photographic Society Building 18, Katara. September 1-30, 2015.
Magnificent Century, The Exhibition, Special Edition: Harem Al Sultan: The Magnificent Century is a historical soap opera on the life of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent that has now been watched by 300 million viewers in 54 countries. This exhibition brings the costumes, sets and ambiance of the series to Doha, revealing the stories behind the life of the Turkish conqueror and his love for the humble and beautiful Hurrem Sultan. Exhibition visitors will be transported back to the glorious world of Suleiman the Magnificent and see the artistry and craftsmanship that went into creating the iconic props and decors of the series.
Free. QM Gallery, Building 10, Katara. 17 September – 12 December 2015.
Turkish Treasures Gallery Trail: From the rule of the Central Asian Saljuq Dynasty in the 11th century until the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century, Turkey was the cradle as well as the crossroads of a rich variety of Islamic Art, made for sultans and viziers as well as ordinary patrons. This tour includes many significant works of Turkish Art in the collections of the Museum of Islamic Art.
Museum of Islamic Art. September 2015 onwards. Visit mia.org.qa or call 44224444 for more details. For more information about these exhibitionsand many more visit www.qm.org.qa/en.