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Posted On: 27 January 2021 09:45 am
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Qatar Museums announces spring 2021 exhibitions

Vrinda Abilash
Vrinda Abilash
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Qatar Museums has announced several exhibitions that will be presented across its cultural institutions throughout spring 2021. Members of the community can look forward to exhibitions covering a wider range of interests, including contemporary art, natural history and the art of collecting.

Kader Attia: On Silence

7 March 2021 Opening
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Qatar Museums: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
Chaos+Repair=Universe, 2014. Mirror fragments, metal wires. Approx. 60 cm (diameter). Installation view "Sacrifice and Harmony", MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main, 2016. Courtesy the artist, and Galleria Continua. Private Collection. Photo: Axel Schneider

Kader Attia: On Silence is a major solo exhibition dedicated to the work of the artist over the last two decades, curated by Abdellah Karroum, Director of Mathaf, with Assistant Curator Lina Ramadan. The exhibition will feature a wide range of work across all media and include site-specific installations, sculptures, collages, drawings, video, and photography. On Silence explores themes of postcolonial trauma and the ensuing decades of psychiatric ‘repair’ at the social and individual level. The artist’s intention and curatorial approach is to provoke the viewer’s emotional and physical experience while encountering works placed at various levels in the museum galleries, seen from above, from underneath, and from within but rarely straight on. There will be two important commissions featured in connection with Doha.

Mal Lawal 3

Opening March 2021
National Museum of Qatar

Qatar Museums Mal Lawal 3
Juma Mubarak Al Kuwari A silver dagger made by the Dajani family in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia, and used in the region in the mid-20th century. The sword has a handle made of rhinoceros horn and a Hadrami blade. It became known as the Umm Set because of the six copper stars at the beginning of the blade. A place behind the sword was reserved for a small, lightweight dagger, known as a khedama.

Following the success of its previous editions in 2012 and 2014, Mal Lawal evolves in 2020-2021 to provide a platform that brings together private collectors and helps support and further establish the practice of collecting in Qatar. The collections showcased in 2020-2021 present the personal stories of the collectors and highlight their passion for art, culture and heritage.

Jeff Koons: Lost in America

Opening 28 March 2021

Qatar Museums Jeff Koons Lost in America
Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog (Orange), 1994–2000, Mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent colour coating, 307.3 x 363.2 x 114.3 cm, one of five unique versions, The Mugrabi Collection. © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Mnuchin Gallery, New York. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging.

The largest solo survey to date of the work of the American artist Jeff Koons (b. 1955) in the Gulf region, Jeff Koons: Lost in America will be presented at QM Gallery ALRIWAQ as part of the 2021 Qatar-United States Year of Culture. Organized by the renowned curator Massimiliano Gioni, it will feature over sixty artworks drawn from the full span of Koons’ four-decade-long career, including many of the artist’s major works such as Rabbit (1986), Balloon Dog (1994–2000) and Play-Doh (1994–2014). In Koons’ paintings and sculptures, everyday objects and industrial materials are transformed into engaging artworks that pose questions about desire and hope, the self and transcendence, individuality and the masses. Lost in America presents a panoramic view of American culture as seen through Koons’ own autobiography, beginning with his childhood in suburban Pennsylvania. Accompanied by texts compiled from interviews, statements and quotes collected throughout Koons’ career that guide the viewers through each gallery, the exhibition doubles as an expansive self-portrait. Works from many of Koons’ best-known series like The New (1980–87), Banality (1988), Celebration (1994–), Popeye (2002–2013) and Antiquity (2008–) will be displayed alongside recent works exhibited for the first time.

Seagrass Tales, Dugong Trails

Opening 30 March 2021
National Museum of Qatar

Qatar Museums Seagrass Tales, Dugong Trails
Image Credit: Qatar Museums

The National Museum of Qatar, in collaboration with ExxonMobil Research Qatar, will present a special exhibition on dugongs. These shy marine mammals have inhabited the waters surrounding Qatar's peninsula for more than 7,500 years. The Arabian Gulf is home to the world's second-largest population of dugongs, after Australia. Recently, the largest herds in the world, comprising between 600 to 700 dugongs, have been recorded in Qatar. Holding both a special cultural and environmental significance, the dugong was chosen as the museum’s official mascot.

Source: Press Release
Cover image credit: Qatar Museums