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Posted On: 7 June 2017 11:33 am
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Qatar Museums reveals exciting programme of Summer exhibitions

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Under the visionary guidance of its Chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums (QM) is proud to present a series of captivating exhibitions that will be taking place in Qatar this Summer. The wide-ranging choice of shows comes as part of QM’s commitment to educate and inspire residents and visitors, spark creativity amongst artists and enthusiasts, and ultimately, develop an engaged cultural audience.

In addition to the exhibitions described below, an exciting programme of events will be presented by institutions in both Qatar and Germany as part of the Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture this year. The initiative aims to strengthen existing ties between both countries through a mutual exchange of arts, culture, and sport, and to promote dialogue, mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation between Qatar and Germany.

1. Contemporary Calligraphy – Mehmet Cebi Collection

15 May 2017 – 17th June 2017

QM Gallery Al Riwaq

Contemporary Calligraphy – Mehmet Cebi Collection brings together an incredible selection of intricate and beautiful calligraphic artworks dating from the 1960’s to the present day. Collected by renowned Turkish expert Mehmet Çebi, more than 200 pieces are featured in this exhibition. This includes an assortment of Hilye-i Şerif (The Noble Hilya), a form of classic calligraphic art, and a collection of tesbih (prayer beads), used for ruminative prayer.

Free entry

Ramadan opening hours

Sunday 20:00 – 24:00

Monday 20:00 – 24:00

Tuesday 20:00 – 24:00

Wednesday 20:00 – 24:00

Thursday 20:00 – 24:00


Saturday 20:00 – 24:00

2. Mathaf Student Art Competition and Exhibition

8 June 2017 – 10 July 2017

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

The annual Mathaf Student Art Competition and Exhibition is returning for the fourth time this year. The exhibition will showcase the works of students from various schools. This time following the theme “what is your imagined future city?”

The competition is an original Mathaf educational programme that supports QM’s commitment for art education and creativity. SAC&E celebrates the creative minds of students aged between 6 -18 and encourages students, teachers and parents to explore modern and contemporary art by experiencing Mathaf’s permanent collection.

Free entry

Ramadan opening hours

Sunday 09:00 – 16:00

Monday 09:00 – 16:00

Tuesday 09:00 – 16:00

Wednesday 09:00 – 16:00

Thursday 09:00 – 16:00


Saturday 09:00 – 16:00

3. Mathaf Collection, Summary, Part 2

10 June 2017

MATHAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Mathaf houses the largest and most extensive permanent collection of modern and contemporary Arab art in the world, featuring over 9,000 works. The collection covers artworks from the 19th century to the present day, reflecting a number of defining moments in Arab history and artistic innovations in the region.

This summer, Mathaf presents a rehang of the entire Permanent Collection galleries, offering a glimpse of its most iconic works and highlighting groundbreaking modern and contemporary artists from the Arab world. The new display includes historical artists such as Farid Belkahia (Morocco), Saloua Raouda Choucair (Lebanon), Faraj Daham (Qatar), Inji Efflatoun (Egypt), Abdulhalim Radwi (Saudi Arabia) and Hassan Sharif (Dubai), and a younger generation of artists such as Manal AlDowayan (Saudi Arabia), Wael Shawky (Egypt) and Hayv Kahraman (Iraq-USA).

In addition, Mathaf continues to increase its investments in education and audience engagement around the collection that includes making the collection accessible online.

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Free entry

Opening hours

Sunday09:00 – 16:00

Monday 09:00 – 16:00

Tuesday 09:00 – 16:00

Wednesday 09:00 – 16:00

Thursday 09:00 – 16:00


Saturday 09:00 – 16:00

4. Skate Girls of Kabul

20 July 2017 – 21 Oct 2017

QM Gallery, Building 10, Katara

Award winning photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson will present her series of striking portraits, Skate Girls of Kabul. The exhibition tells the extraordinary story of Afghan girls who took up skateboarding, thanks to Skateistan, an Afghan charity that builds skate parks as a way of getting children from disadvantaged families back to school. The series, viewed by more than 74,000 visitors during its two-week run at London’s Saatchi Gallery, will bring to life the colourful, and free flowing spirit of these young girls, offering a new perspective on the skateboarding culture.

Free entry

Opening hours


Monday 10:00 – 20:00

Tuesday 10:00 – 20:00

Wednesday 10:00 – 20:00

Thursday 10:00 – 20:00

Friday 15:00 – 21:00

Saturday 10:00 – 20:00

5. ‘Artist in Residence’ exhibition

“Unfolding Creative Methods”

12 June 2017 – 19 Aug 2017

Garage Gallery, Doha Fire Station

After nine successful months, the current Artist in Residence programme at the Fire Station will draw to a close on 13 June. The occasion will be celebrated with the annual end of residency exhibition at the Garage Gallery. Celebrating the accomplishments of the 20 artists, the exhibition will showcase selected works demonstrating a variety of techniques and styles, pushing the boundaries of creativity raising the bar in contemporary art in the region.

Free entry

Ramadan opening hours

Sunday 08:30 – 13:00 / 20:30 – 23:30

Monday 08:30 – 13:00 / 20:30 – 23:30

Tuesday 08:30 – 13:00 / 20:30 – 23:30

Wednesday 08:30 – 13:00 / 20:30 – 23:30

Thursday 08:30 – 13:00 / 20:30 – 23:30

Friday 20:30 – 23:30

Saturday 08:30 – 13:00 / 20:30 – 23:30

6. Powder and Damask: Islamic Arms and Armour from the Collection of Fadel Al Mansoori

27 August 2017 – 12 May 2018

Museum of Islamic Art

This exhibition presents Islamic arms and armour from the private collection of Fadel Al Mansoori. Including both edged weapons and firearms, the objects on display range from the 17th to the 19th century, and were produced primarily in Turkey, Iran and India. Powder and Damask explores the art of craftsmanship, which reached unprecedented levels in these regions under the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires, where these objects were considered not only as weapons but as works of art.

Free entry

Opening hours

Sunday10:30 – 17:00

Monday 10:30 – 17:00

Tuesday CLOSED

Wednesday 10:30 – 17:00

Thursday 12:00 – 20:00

Friday 14:00 – 20: 00

Saturday 12:00 – 20:00