With spectacular exhibitions like Mahmoud Obaidi’s Fragments and What About the Art: Contemporary Art from China, last year’s artistic act is a tough one to follow.
But if the recent announcement of events from Qatar Museums is anything to go by, 2017 already has plenty going for it. Coming up are exhibitions from some of the world’s most exciting and grondbreaking artists, so we’ve rounded up the best of what’s in store for the coming months.
In the meantime, the Picasso-Giacometti exhibition begins this month. You don’t need to be an art history buff to appreciate the significance of artists like Picasso, and this exhibition, which documents the pair’s previously unknown relationship through more than 120 pieces, is as insightful as it is visually stunning.
Free. Feb 22-March 21; Sat-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri 2pm-10pm. The Fire Station, Civil Defence Junction (4452 5555).
Skate girls of Kabul
Skateistan is an Afghan charity that uses skate parks as a way to get children from disadvantaged backgrounds back into education. This series, shot by award-winning photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson, brings this extraordinary story to life.
Free. June 15-Sep 16. QM Gallery, Building 10, Katara (4452 5555).
Discover never before seen artifacts from the Museum of Islamic Art celebrating the connection between the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires. Promising to be visually unique, it will take you on a journey between imperial palaces.
Mar 15-Nov 17. Museum of Islamic Art, Doha Corniche (4452 5555).
JR – Retrospective
The celebrated (and anonymous) French artists JR will be the subject of a major retrospective starting in March. JR creates impressive, large-scale outdoor installations, films, photography, videos and more across buildings and slums around the world.
Free. Mar 6-May 31. QM Gallery, Building 10, Katara (4452 5555).
Art for tomorrow
The New York Times Art for Tomorrow conference returns to Doha. Themed Boundaries, Identity and the Public Realm, it brings together museum directors, artists, curators, collectors and more for fascinating events, lectures, panels and exhibitions.
From QR5,245 (3-day registration). Mar 10-13. W Doha Hotel & Residences, www.artfortomorrow.com.