National Day / Qatar Museums .. Achievements, Artistic and Cultural Projects

Doha, – Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) has achieved during the year 2016 various accomplishments along with a number of cultural and artistic missions at the level of activities and organization of exhibitions, festivals, performances, educational programs and cultural exchanges so as to enhance the status of the State of Qatar as a cultural bub in the world.

At the level of cultural exchange QMA launched the ‘Treasures of China’ Exhibition which runs on 27 September 2016 – 8 January 2017 at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) as part of Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture featuring 116 art pieces with some of them dating back to the Neolithic Age to the Qing Dynasty, taking audiences through China’s past.

The program includes the organization of exhibitions, festivals and performances, educational programs and cultural exchanges, which aims to highlight the unique aspects of each state and the common interests of the two peoples.

QMA has also organized the Exhibition What About the Art Contemporary Art from China at Qatar Museums Gallery Al Riwaq on March 14 -July 16, 2016 featuring works by 15 living artists and artist collectives born in Mainland China.

In the context of Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture, the Museum of Islamic Art has organized an exhibition under the theme “Silks from the Silk Road,” which focuses on silk as a special local product of Zhejiang which played an important role in trade along the Silk Road.

The exhibition highlighted ancient and modern Chinese silk works, with around 100 pieces due to be showcased over a period of six weeks starting from 24 March till 9 May in Museum of Islamic Art.

These exhibitions are being hold to celebrate the cultural relations between Qatar and China and have remarkably contributed to enhance bilateral cultural ties and promote mutual understanding.

Qatar Museums has launched ‘Muhammad Ali: Tribute to a Legend’, a homage to boxing legend and activist Muhammad Ali, in a unique collection of artifacts spanning the first 18 years of his 21-year professional boxing career, from 1960 until 1978.

In addition, QMI features other internationally acclaimed artists, which shed light on the Arab and international experiences.

The Arab Museum of Modern Art Project Space hosted Turkish artist Asli Cavusoglu’s installation Red / Red. The installation comprises 17 pieces, including handmade notebooks of drawings and paintings made with red pigments from Armenia and Turkey.

QM Gallery Al Riwaq hosted a monograph of one of the most renowned modern artists of the Arab world: Dia Al-Azzawi. The exhibition, showcased over 350 works across fifty years and a range of media, aims at mapping an itinerary of modernism and profiles the practice of the Iraqi artist.

The Garage Gallery at Fire Station hosted the Exhibition Domestic Affairs in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUQatar) and the Doha Fire Station – Artist in Residence.

QMA has led historic buildings of all kinds, such as mosques, castles, palaces, houses and others across the country, including Barzan Tower, Zekreet Mosque, Khulaifat Mosque, Ruwais Mosque, Bin Obaid Mosque, Fuwairit Mosque, Al Ruwais Police Station, the house of Imam in Zekreet to be a center for visitors in Zekreet area, in addition to the restoration of the facades of Al Zubarah Fort.

Work is also underway on the restoration and rehabilitation of Al Khulaifi House, Al Zaman House along with Al Zubarah Archaeological Site.

The archaeological and researchers team are exploring all parts of Qatar for the ruins of ancient buildings. Among the main exploration projects carried out by the Qatar Museums are the archaeological surveys and excavations in the southern part of Qatar (Alasilah / Rawdhat Othleem) in coordination with the German Archaeological Institute which conducted to finding geological evidence, which indicates an early human presence in Alasilah Site.

Preliminary archaeological work conducted by the University College London Qatar (UCL Qatar) in the village of Fuwairit has conducted to the discovery of several building blocks and archeological findings revealed a history of human activity on in the region, providing a glimpse into the sequence and nature of occupation.

Various archeological works are as well being implemented in collaboration with a number of universities including the London University and led by a local team to explore the history and archaeology of Qatari towns; namely Umm-al Ma’a, Lisha and Helwan, where skeletons dating back to pre-Islam were found.

The inclusion of the historical coastal town Al Zubarah Archeological Site in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) ‘Together for Heritage’ campaign, an initiative that sits within the framework of the Unesco World Heritage Education (WHE) Programme, aimed at increasing awareness and reinforcing the importance of conserving and protecting world heritage.

Source: Qatar News Agency