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Posted On: 3 August 2020 02:41 pm

Top 5 art exhibitions to check out this August

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Now that we're in Phase 3 of the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, more special exhibitions have opened up in the wake of the reopening of museums and heritage sites last month. Right in time too, because we're now in the heart of summer and temperatures rising means it's a perfect time again for indoor activities. So if you're an art lover, want to learn something new, or just want to explore more of Doha, check out these temporary art exhibits before they're gone.

Don't forget that prior booking is required and that the necessary COVID-19 precautionary measures are in place! Click here to read more of Qatar Museums' precautionary measures in place.

1. Picasso's Studios

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After the museums' reopening last July 1, Picasso's Studios was the first special exhibition open to the public. Organized in partnership with the Musée National Picasso-Paris, the exhibit contained works from Picasso's personal collection and spans 8 galleries. It recounts Picasso's places of creation throughout his years as an artist.


Exhibition dates: July 1 to November 1, 2020

Location: Doha Fire Station, Garage Gallery

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2. A Falcon's eye: Tribute to Sheikh Saoud Al Thani

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Some of H.E. Sheikh Saoud bin Mohamed bin Ali Al Thani's diverse and vast collections are now on display at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). The exhibition is a tribute to Sheikh Saoud not just as one of Qatar's greatest collectors but also for being influential in laying the foundation of Qatar Museum's world-class collections. Visitors will be able to see more than 300 items which include artworks, antiquities, jewelry, photography, and natural history. According to MIA, "This exhibition sheds light on objects that have never been displayed in Qatar before."

Exhibition dates: August 2, 2020, to April 10, 2021

Location: Museum of Islamic Art

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3. Lived Forward: Art and Culture in Doha from 1960 - 2020

Image courtesy of Mathaf (Sophia Al Maria, Still from The Future was Desert, Part II, 2016, Single channel HD, videos, 5 min, 17 sec & 4 mins, 35 secs. Collection Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. QM.2019.0818/19)

A part of the series "Focus: Works from Mathaf Collection", this exhibition showcases works of artists, intellectuals, journalists, and cultural activists who played a major role in the city's cultural scene for more than half a century. It documents the experiences and knowledge of those generations as well as highlights the work of key artists of the past and present, with paintings, photography, video, and installations.

The show features artists including Saleh Taher, Faiq Hassan, Gazbia Sirry, Adam Henein, Ibrahim Al Salahi, Khalifa Al Qattan, Jassim Zaini, Dia Azzawi, Abdulwahid Al Mawlawi, Hassan Al Mulla, Youssef Ahmad, Wafika Sultan Al Essa, Faraj Daham, Mohammed Ali Abdulah, Saif Al Kuwari, Ali Hassan, Salman Al Malik, Hassan bin Mohammed Al Thani, Wafa Al Hamed, Aisha Al Misned, Sophia Al Maria, Bouthayna Al Muftah, Sara Al Obaidly.

Exhibition dates: August 2 to November 30, 2020

Location: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

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4. Yto Barrada: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nougat

Image courtesy: Mathaf (Danse Macabre (My-City-Knife-of-the-Sun), 2018, Wicker, reed, rope, wood, and metal, Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery.)

Currently displayed at Mathaf is Yto Barrada's exhibition composed of photographs, films, videos, sculptures, prints, and fabric works that focus on "threads of regeneration and growth in social and geological transformation. The works highlight the importance of the vernacular in processes of decomposition and revival, drawing on histories of nation-building and post-independence strategies of resistance in social and domestic life."An award-winning artist who has also held numerous solo exhibitions internationally, Moroccan-French artist Yto Barrada’s work engages with self-education, architecture, paleontology, botany, and modernist histories, in order to explore forms of knowledge production.

Exhibition dates: August 2 to November 30, 2020

Location: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

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5. Huguette Caland: Faces and Places

Image: Qatar Museums [Huguette Caland, “Faces and Places II”, 2010, Mixed media on canvas, 91.4 x 288.3 cm. Courtesy of Private Collection.]

Featuring a journey through six decades and three continents, Faces and Places is Huguette Caland's largest solo museum exhibition to date. Huguette Caland was the daughter of the first president of the Republic of Lebanon. The exhibition features her paintings, drawings, caftans, smocks, and sculptures and evokes Caland's journey through Beirut, Paris, and California, encompassing the "faces and places that inform her rich oeuvre, all while highlighting the predominant theme in her work, the line."

Exhibition dates: August 2 to November 30, 2020

Location: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

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References: Qatar Museums, Museum of Islamic Art, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Have you seen any of these exhibitions yet? Which one are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments!