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15 January 2018 08:13 am

German Encounters ends on Saturday

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The exhibition German Encounters, on show at the Garage Gallery at the Fire Station, draws to a close next week on Saturday 20th January.

Art lovers and culture fans have just one week left to take in this major highlight of the Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture which showcases some of the very best in German contemporary art.  

The exhibition features a selection of incredible artworks from the Deutsche Bank Collection, one of the world's most important corporate collections of contemporary art.  

More than 100 exemplary works on paper including photographs, and paintings by 27 artists provide an informative overview of the development of German art – and thus also of the history of the country – from the 1960s up to the present day.  

The first-rate selection of contemporary art features works by Joseph Beuys and by the neo-expressionist painters such as Georg Baselitz and Markus Lüpertz; photographers of the Düsseldorf School, including Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, and Thomas Ruff; and hugely influential post-conceptual artists such as Isa Genzken, Rosemarie Trockel and Martin Kippenberger. The collection also includes renowned figurative paintings by Neo Rauch, as well as abstract acrylic works by Katharina Grosse and photographs by Annette Kelm.  

The exhibition has proven to be hugely popular with the public, attracting positive reviews and widespread interest across the community. A full and dedicated educational programme jointly developed with the Goethe-Institut has provided local audiences valuable insights into the exhibition.  

Hosting such exhibitions is an important feature of Qatar Museums’ commitment to nurturing emerging talent and inspiring an exciting, creative future amongst artists, local collectors, and the viewing public.

Part of the landmark ‘Years of Culture’ initiative, Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture is a yearlong program designed to deepen understanding between nations through the mutual exchange of arts, culture, heritage and sports, developed by Qatar Museums in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, the German Embassy in Doha and the Embassy of Qatar in Germany.  

Launched in 2012 under the guidance of Qatar Museums’ Chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar’s Years of Culture initiative promotes mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation between countries. The initiative encourages the people of Qatar and partner countries to discover their cultural similarities, as well as to explore their differences and engage in mutual dialogue.    

Commenting on the finale of German Encounters, Khalid Al Ibrahim, Chief Strategic Planning Officer at Qatar Museums said: “This wonderful exhibition is a truly memorable celebration of the influence and significance of German culture and art. At Qatar Museums, we’re focused on offering a world-class programme of exhibitions and activities, supporting Qatar’s continued development as a cultural hub. I’d urge as many people as possible to take advantage of this last opportunity to see such an incredible selection of art over the next few days.”

All images courtesy of Qatar Museums