Splendid sculptures

Check out this incredible exhibition with KAWS’ greatest works

Splendid sculptures

Looking at the gigantic Small Lie sculpture at the airport might make you feel a little sad but at the same time, it will really impress you with its sheer magnanimity. The sculpture also invokes a curiosity of sorts and we’ve always wanted to explore these adorable but large figures with Xs for eyes.

American artist Brian Donnelly’s (popularly known as KAWS) first museum show in the Middle East is open to the public and it’s on until January 25. KAWS: He Eats Alone features 40 artworks representing the artist’s studio practice and is on view at the Garage Gallery in Doha Fire Station.

As soon as you enter the Doha Fire Station courtyard, you’ll notice a massive sculpture of Companion (Passing Through) sitting right in the middle. The five-metre matte black figure is seated with his hands covering his eyes and is an interesting teaser of what’s inside.

The indoor exhibit explores the artist’s career and vast oeuvre featuring paintings, graphic design, small-scale objects and large-scale sculptures made over the past twenty years. There are approximately 90 examples of products and commercial collaborations designed by KAWS – among them sneakers, skateboards and toys – presented in the Archive (we love the BFF figurine in a Dior outfit). The exhibition is an interesting amalgamation of art history and pop culture with subtle elements of dark humour and some really striking neon colours.

The museum’s Garage Gallery has been transformed into a labyrinthine of gallery spaces designed by New York-based Studio 2x4. You’ll find all of Donnelly’s greatest works including He Eats Alone (2014), M2 (2000), Chum (2008) and Accomplice (2010). Blindly, with Xs for eyes, the characters approach their audience with recognisable yet manipulated shapes, mutating in an attempt to more easily interact with society.

A monumental (40-metre long) inflatable sculpture by KAWS, in a reclined position, entitled Holiday (2019) was installed at the Dhow Harbour. We didn’t take any selfies, but you’ll find us trying again in the courtyard.
QR50 (adults), QR25 (Qataris, residents of Qatar, students), free (children under 16, Culture Pass Plus and Culture Pass Family members, visitors with disabilities). Until Jan 25. Sat-Thu 9am-7pm, 9pm-11.30am, 1.30pm-7pm. Garage Gallery, Doha Fire Station, near Civil Defense Roundabout (4422 4222).

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