This is a month for culture aficionados. Some of the world’s best artists and exhibits are on display around town and we’ve picked four must-see exhibitions.
El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale
Head over to Mathaf in Education City to check out African artist El Anatsui colossal artworks. The exhibition will focus on the monumental quality of Anatsui’s sculptures. It will encompass every medium in the artist’s prodigious 50-year career including the signature bottle-cap series developed over the last two decades besides other works.
Oct 1-Jan 31. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar Foundation (4402 8855).
KAWS: He Eats Alone
You probably remember KAWS from his iconic Small Lie sculpture at Hamad International Airport. The American artist’s work will be on display at Doha Fire Station this month and there’s plenty to see. Curated by Germano Celant, the exhibition will explore the artist’s best pieces including paintings, sculptures, toys and products. The focus will be on the impact of KAWS’ sculptures and installations, both in Qatar and around the world.
Oct 25-Jan 18. Fire Station Artist in Residence, Garage Gallery, Doha Fire Station (4422 4222).
Magnificent Jewels of Jean Schlumberger: From the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Collection
The title is a mouthful, so expect nothing less from the actual exhibition at the National Museum of Qatar. Explore the popular Parisian costume jeweller’s work as he opened an independent store in New York in the late ’30s. Schlumberger transformed 20th century fashion with his creativity inspired by natural forms. As a signature designer for the American luxury jewellery firm Tiffany & Co. for thirty years, Schlumberger became well known for his interpretations of animal and botanical subjects, particularly marine life and flowers
Oct 15-Jan 15. National Museum of Qatar, Museum Park St (4452 5555).
Set in Stone: Gems and Jewels from Royal Indian Courts
As the trend of sparkly exhibits in the city continues, you might want to take a moment (or a few hours) to admire more than 100 spectacular pieces from across Qatar Museums’ collection, including many masterpieces that have never been displayed before. Some of the highlights include the brilliant diamond necklace from Varanasi.
Oct 23-Jan 18. Museum of Islamic Art (4422 4444).