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Posted On: 3 October 2013 02:07 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

QMA to install sculpture of footballers at Corniche

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A sculpture of football players is set to be installed this week at the Corniche by Qatar Museums Authority (QMA). The sculpture is part of an initiative of QMA’s Public Art Department that aims to take art beyond the walls of museums in Doha. “The Adel Abdessemed sculpture is being installed on Thursday morning. It is a five-metre-tall figural sculpture about football players,” Kimberly French, the Chief Marketing Officer, told reporters yesterday. She was speaking at the media launch of upcoming QMA exhibitions. The Department will also unveil 14 sculptures as part of the ‘Miraculous Journey’ initiative in front of Sidra Medical and Research Center on October 7. She said QMA worked in collaboration with the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning and the Public Works Authority for the installation of its public art sculptures. French said although the public had been very respectful towards these sculptures so far, maintaining them was going to be a challenge for QMA. A number of exhibitions will also be launched starting this week, including the ‘Healthy Living from the Start’ exhibition by Anne Geddes tomorrow. Damien Hirst will also launch his first solo exhibition in the Middle East with the opening of ‘Relics’ at Al Riwaq Art Space on October 9. ‘Relics’ will present the largest collection of Hirst’s works ever assembled and include both iconic and previously unseen works. ‘Hajj: The Journey Through Art’ will also open at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) on October 7. The exhibition, a first of its kind, will showcase art inspired by and made for Haj. It will present works from MIA and objects from Qatari collections, many of which have never been displayed in public before. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art will also present an exhibition by Adel Abdessemed titled ‘L’age d’or’.