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Posted On: 6 July 2020 04:38 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:22 pm

Top 5 reasons why you need to check out Picasso's Studios at Fire Station Garage Gallery

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Pablo Picasso is finally in Doha! Well, not the artist but some of his coveted artworks. Picasso, one of the most influential and famous artists of the 20th century, is well-known in Modern Art, especially for his distinctive Cubist style. He is also one of the most prolific, having produced about 147,800 pieces in the span of his 78-year career. Thanks to the partnership between the Qatar Museum and Picasso National Museum in Paris, we will be able to discover more of his works and learn more about his creative process, right here in Qatar!

If you're not yet sold why you need to visit Fire Station Garage Gallery and see the exhibition for yourself, then here are five reasons to convince you!

1. It's a part of Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture

Headed by Qatar Museums together with leading stakeholders, a cultural exchange between Qatar and a guest nation is held every year through a series of exhibitions, festivals, and events. This initiative is to foster mutual understanding, recognition, and appreciation between countries, and to celebrate the cultural similarities and differences of the two nations.

Picasso’s Studios, organized in partnership with the Musée national Picasso-Paris, is among the components of the Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture. This is one of the major exhibitions included in the #QatarFrance2020 that delves deep into the history of art.

2. You'll get to see the extraordinary works of Picasso right here in Qatar

You won't only get to see Picasso's paintings but also sculptures, drawings, etchings, and even ceramic works, from Picasso's arrival in Paris in 1900 as a young artist to his final years in the South of France in the 1970s. The exhibition features 108 of his artworks curated by Virginie Perdrisot-Cassan, Curator of Paintings (1921-1973), Sculptures and Ceramics at the Musee national Picasso-Paris.

You can view them until November 1, 2020, at the Fire Station Garage Gallery.

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3. The tribute spans 8 galleries

The exceptional exhibition lets visitors take an intimate look at Pablo Picasso's places of creation from his arrival in Paris to his very last stay in the city of Mougins in the South of France. Hence, the title of the exhibit - Picasso's Studios. According to the Qatar Museums website, "Picasso occupied a large number of studios over the course of his storied career and they bear a close connection to his development of iconic movements in Modern art history."

"The original display of the exhibition follows a chronological and spatial path and invites us to take a fresh look at well-known works while revealing the astonishing diversity of Picasso’s art. Through a selection of works of art, visitors will be able to encompass the various inspirations from the blue and pink periods, cubism, surrealism, or the “Ingresque” period.", as mentioned in the French Embassy in Doha website.

4. The exhibited works were from Picasso's personal collection

The ones on display are the artworks that Picasso previously kept in his studios when he was still alive, the works from which he didn't want to be separated from. According to Sheikha Reem Al-Thani, Director of Exhibitions at Qatar Museums, "All the works at one time belonged to the artist's personal collection, and all are grouped within the exhibition to recall the places in which they were created. It is especially appropriate that we are presenting Picasso's Studios at the Fire Station: Artist in Residence, where outstanding contemporary Qatari artists produce and show their work in Doha today."

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5. This is the first special exhibition after the reopening of museums

After closing for months as part of the precautionary measures by the State of Qatar to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), various museums reopened in the country last July 1 during the start of phase 2 of the gradual lifting of restrictions. This includes the Doha Fire Station, Garage Gallery with Picasso's Studios as its new exhibition for the Fire Station Artist in Residence.

Precautionary measures are still in place, as such, the gallery is only open from Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm. Tickets must be purchased online in advance of your visit and cannot be refunded or exchanged. Visitor numbers are also restricted to 15 visitors at any one time.


Location: Doha Fire Station, Garage Gallery

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm

Pre-booking required. Click here to purchase tickets.

Ticket prices: Adult - QR 50; Adult (resident of Qatar) - QR 25; Student - QR 25; Children (0 - 16 yrs) - Free

Other precautionary measures:

  • Masks must be worn, except for children under 12. Visitors must bring their own masks]
  • Temperature checks will be done on arrival
  • Visitors must present their Ehteraz app (and must have a green status) for entry
  • Show your ticket on your mobile phone or bring a printed copy to present upon entry

Sources: Qatar Museums, Doha Fire Station, French Embassy in Doha