Art exhibitions in Doha

Qatar Museums has unveiled its latest range of exhibitions

Art exhibitions in Doha

Qatar Museums is renowned for bringing special artworks, usually with a cultural dynamic, to the city. With temporary new works being exhibited at the Museum of Islamic Art, MATHAF (Arab Museum of Modern Art), the old fire station, Al Riwaq and Qatar Museums Gallery, the art scene is as vibrant as ever this season. There’s a focus on hunting, local artists, internationally-acclaimed artist Luc Tuymans, Suleiman the Magnificent and a festival.

The Hunt
Until January 9
Hunting was an essential activity in the lifestyle of princes, sultans and pashas throughout the Islamic world. As such, images of the hunt are commonly found in the Islamic world in manuscripts, ceramics, metalworks and more. The exhibition draws on such artworks to explore hunting related activities.
Free entry. Museum of Islamic Art, Corniche (4422 4444).

Harem Al Sultan
Until December 12
The Magnificent Century is a Turkish television series that has reignited interest in the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his love for the Harem Sultan. In this exhibition, you will be transported back into his world by seeing the artistry and craftsmanship that went into creating the iconic props and décors for the television series, which enjoys over 300 million viewers in 54 countries.
Free entry. QM Gallery, Building 10, Katara Cultural Village (4408 1255).

Turkish treasures
Until December 31
Discover significant works of Turkish art at the MIA as you learn about the history of Turkey, from the Central Asian Salquj Dynasty a thousand years ago, right up to the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century. This is as part of the Qatar Turkey Year of Culture 2015.
Free entry. Museum of Islamic Art, Corniche (4422 4444).

Guest artist
October 4-November 4
Award winning young Turkish artist Özgeçmiş Özkan Ari will be the guest artist for the month. His work focuses on self-portraiture and fragmented images of the human body, drawing his inspiration from religion, history and popular culture to make work that is thought-provoking and worth a visit.
Free entry. Old fire station, Mohammed Bin Thani Street (4452 5555).

Works from MATHAF
October12-February 14
There is a spotlight on prominent Arabic artists such as Saloua Raouda Choucair, Farid Belkahai and others. It’s held at the museum’s ground floor exhibition space.
Free entry. MATHAF, Education City (4402 8855).

Luc Tuymans: Intolerance
October 19-January 30
This is the first time that the work of Luc Tuymans will be shown as a solo exhibition in the Gulf region. It is a comprehensive study of the artist’s work with a series of wall paintings and a new body of work named “The Arena.” Tuymans is widely credited to be a major personality and influential visionary in the art world.
Free entry. Al Riwaq Gallery, Corniche (4452 5555).

Turkish festival
October 28-31
As part of the Qatar Turkey Year of Culture, the Turkish festival will celebrate the rich and varied cultures of Turkey, with performances from musicians and dancers, workshops, photographic exhibitions and much more, as well as food stalls.
Free entry. MIA Park, Corniche,

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