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Posted On: 17 September 2018 01:13 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:01 pm

Blockade-inspired exhibition by iconic Qatari artist to run for one month at W Doha's Art 29!

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Ahmed Al Maadheed, who catapulted into fame when a mural of HH The Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani went viral after the now 15-month-old blockade, has opened an exhibition of his latest works at the W Doha Hotel & Residencies' Art 29 last night.

Officially titled ‘5/6,’ Ahmed, who was all-smiles during the opening ceremony, said that he chose a simple name for his latest display of works as it signifies the start of the illegal siege on June 5 last year against Qatar and because it's easy to remember.

Portraits of H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and H.H. the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, including al-Maadheed's iconic Tamim Al Majd, are among the highlights of the show.

Ahmed AL Maadheed's 5/6 exhibition at W Hotel Doha

The exhibition, apart from around 12 portraits of the royal family and iconic personalities, also showcases the country’s spirit of solidarity in the face of the illegal siege. It consists of 48 paintings and six distinct pieces of art.

Many of Ahmed's newest and never-before-seen artworks are being showcased for the first time at '5/6' while some have only been presented in private exhibitions. His second foray into Art 29 is divided into three distinct sections: art describing the pride and glory of Qatar; pieces depicting the artist's passion for sports; and miscellaneous works—which according to Al Maadheed outlines culture, environment and human emotions.

The young artist is fresh from the conclusion of the 'Qatari Success' Forum at the Qatar National Convention Center on Saturday evening where H.E. the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani were in attendance.

Ahmed AL Maadheed's 5/6 exhibition at W Hotel Doha

The exhibition also features a section on sports inspired by the recently concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia. It includes the six balls presented at the closing ceremony in Moscow.

Apart from paintings, most of which are for sale, the show also features art pieces inspired by Picasso, Shakespeare and other prominent personalities in art and culture, as well as a gift shop where visitors can buy posters and other merchandise inspired by Ahmed’s works.

The heads of various diplomatic missions in the country graced the opening of the unique art collection as well as art enthusiasts, media, and other guests.

'5/6' will be open for public viewing until October 16 from 10am to 10pm daily at W Hotel Doha's 29th floor.

Ahmed AL Maadheed's 5/6 exhibition at W Hotel Doha

To know more about Ahmed Al Maadheed, check out his social media links below!

About Ahmed Al Maadheed

Snapchat: @ahmedbinmajed

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