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Posted On: 3 November 2021 10:04 am
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#QatarCreates launches two weeks of cultural events and celebrations in November 2021

Vrinda Abilash
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Dynamic leaders and rising stars from creative industries in Qatar and around the world converge in Doha for the second annual #QatarCreates: two weeks of cultural exchange, dialogue, and collaboration at the forefront of art, architecture, fashion, design, and digital culture.

Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, said, “The cultural innovation economy is one of the world’s greatest job providers for young people, ages 18 to 25, generating more than $2.25 trillion US annually and growing rapidly. It is the key to a sustainable future—which is why we are so thrilled this year to welcome so many cutting-edge figures in fashion, design, and the arts to #QatarCreates, to enjoy the wide array of experiences we offer and meet with outstanding creative peers from Qatar.”

#QatarCreates brings together a range of exciting events

A global summit for the cultural innovation economy, #QatarCreates brings together a range of exciting events and programmes throughout Doha. Center stage this year is M7, Qatar’s new 312,000-square-foot hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in fashion and design, built in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha.

#QatarCreates includes the showcase and judging for the Fashion Trust Arabia Awards and presentation of the exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at M7. Fashion Trust Arabia will also host events at Culture Pass Club, Qatar’s first members-only arts club, located in a suite of 14 townhouses designed by international artists and designers including Diane von Furstenberg, India Mahdavi, Rossana Orlandi, and Qatari designers Aisha Al-Sowaidi and Wahda Al Hajri.

Other highlights of the 2021 #QatarCreates include major exhibitions dedicated to the work of Jeff Koons, the artist’s first major survey in the Middle East, and artist and designer Virgil Abloh, the first large-scale exhibition dedicated to his pioneering artistic practice. A compelling set of public programmes—the #QatarCreates Programming series and the Art for Tomorrow Talks, in association with The New York Times—presents thought-provoking dialogue and expert analysis. The schedule is complemented by opportunities to experience recently installed works of public art, including major pieces by Tom Claassen, Bruce Nauman and Isa Genzken.

To celebrate the launch of #QatarCreates, an opening reception took place on 2 November, with Maison Valentino at the Museum of Islamic Art. Twelve artworks featured in the Valentino Des Ateliers Haute Couture Collection, will be exhibited during the reception, and British musician Cosima, who performed at the Valentino Show in Venice in July, will offer a special live performance.

The 2021 #QatarCreates will include:

  • Fashion Trust Arabia—the first initiative of its kind supporting and showcasing talented designers in the Arab world—will bring together on 3 November renowned FTA jurors and advisory board members to award the highly coveted annual prize. Under the patronage and presence of honorary chair Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and co-chairs Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Tania Fares, the prize provides financial support, guidance, and mentorship to emerging designers in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region and offers a platform of opportunity through which every talented Arab designer can grow and receive international recognition. The showcase and judging for the awards will take place at M7.
  • Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, on view from 6 November 2021 through 30 March 2022 at M7 in Msheireb Downtown Doha, is the first fashion exhibition of its ambition and scale in the Middle East. Reinvented anew following successful presentation at prestigious museums in Paris, London, Shanghai and New York, the retrospective features a selection of pieces that are being shown for the first time and ensembles from the private collection of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, a long-standing client of Christian Dior Couture. This is the inaugural exhibition at M7, which opens on 5 November.
  • Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech, on view 5 November 2021 to 31 March 2022 at the Garage Gallery at the Fire Station, is the first major exhibition dedicated to the work of the acclaimed American artist and designer. The mid-career retrospective brings together more than 55 works for an in-depth look at Abloh's diverse pioneering media practice that ranges from visual arts to music, fashion, architecture, and design. Figures of Speech is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, adapted for this presentation by Qatar Museums, and designed by and in collaboration with AMO. It is part of the Qatar-USA 2021 Year of Culture programme.
  • Jeff Koons: Lost in America, a new exhibition on view 21 November 2021 to 31 March 2022 at QM Gallery ALRIWAQ, is the first in the Gulf region of the work of the American artist Jeff Koons (b. 1955). Organized by renowned curator Massimiliano Gioni, the exhibition provides a unique view into the exceptional career of one of the best-known contemporary artists, whose work bridges Pop, Minimalism and the readymade. The exhibition is presented as part of the Qatar-United States 2021 Year of Culture, an annual international cultural exchange program designed to deepen understanding between nations and their people.
  • #QatarCreates Programming will bring together distinguished international leaders and cultural innovators for conversations on fashion, design and art from 3 to 5 November. Highlights will include Valentino’s Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli and Naomi Campbell, moderated by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa with an introduction by journalist Anders Christian Madsen; Dior’s Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri in conversation with photographer Brigitte Lacombe and journalist Caroline Issa; and Virgil Abloh, architect Samir Bantal, and designer and academic leader Rosanne Somerson on Abloh’s exhibition in Doha and the inspiration that architectural firm OMA has had on his work.
  • Art for Tomorrow Talks, presented in association with The New York Times, will convene artists, museum leaders, curators, and cultural experts to look closely at topical issues, exploring the social and economic impact of art. To register for the free talks, which will take place 19-21 November in Doha and 23 November virtually, visit

Source: Press Release
Cover image: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Qatar Museums (L-R: Naomi Campbell, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Pierpaolo Piccioli