Doha, January 29th 2012: Katara, the Cultural Village, last night packed away 13 pieces of spectacular artworks, which were part of a three-day long exhibition at the Katara Art Center. The exhibition featured works by Burri, Ritcher, Basquit and Murakami, as well as the famous Italian masterpiece “Mappa” by Boetti. The unique display featured pieces from highlights of the Sotheby’s London Auctions of Contemporary Art, due to be held on the 15th and 16th February in the UK.
The opening ceremony was attended by over 200 art collectors. Over the three days, the exhibition was attended by visitors, including members of the Qatari Royal family. Bidding on the artworks will begin at close to one million US dollars.
Commenting on the exhibition, Sidonio Costa, Artistic Director and Head Curator of Katara Art Center, said: “It is our pleasure to host this exciting exhibition; the Sotheby’s Auction has helped positioned Qatar as a cultural hub of the Middle East. We aim to offer the people of Qatar the best of arts and culture, providing them with a platform to enrich their artistic and cultural knowledge, whilst building cultural bridges.”
Doha artists, art lovers and the general public were invited to attend this spectacular exhibition which opened on the 26th January. In collaboration with Sotheby’s Auction House London, Katara Art Center organised a series of workshops open to art enthusiasts. Art specialists, Cheyenne Westphal and Lina Lazaar, led the sessions which included a brief of each painting as well as background on the artist.
The exhibition also included “Open Your Hands Wide” from contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami expected to exhibit in Doha next month.
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