DOHA: Christie’s, a world leading art business, will provide art lovers here an exclusive first look at the highlights of their upcoming auctions Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art and Arts of the Islamic and Indian Worlds from March 23 to 24 at Katara Building 22.
The exhibition which will be organised in collaboration with Katara will be accompanied by a comprehensive educational programme.
“This collaboration is another testimony of our commitment to bringing cultures together from all corners of the world; we are excited to unveil this unique collaboration with Christie’s. What makes this partnership extremely important to us is that not only does it offer our growing art community the chance to enjoy great works of art but also the chance to learn, up-skill and re-skill knowledge through the educational programmes Christie’s will offer. We remain focused on providing Qatar with the best of arts and culture, creating a platform to enrich artistic and cultural knowledge, whilst building cultural bridges,” said Abdulrahman Al Khulaifi, President of Katara.
Jussi Pylkkanen, President of Christie’s Middle East, Europe, India and Russia, said: “It is an honour for Christie’s to work with Katara to showcase the best of art of over 12 centuries. Since we opened our office in Dubai in 2005, Christie’s has seen a great demand for cultural events and has driven many educational initiatives in the region. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with our new partners at Katara to run this exhibition in addition to the educational programme for the first time in Doha. This is the second major event that we have supported so far this year in the Middle East, and, alongside our regular auctions, this underlines Christie’s strong commitment to the region.”
The 29 especially selected works of art from the Islamic and Indian Art World section will be highlighted by a folio dated from the 9th century. Among the inspirational pieces is a Kufic Qur’an folio, which is defined by its remarkable blue colour shades and gold script, making it one of the most distinctive displays at the exhibition.
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