Qatar University Installations

Lighting up Campus

In collaboration with Qatar University and three esteemed artists, we've brought public art to the university campus, encouraging a new dimension of thought-provoking conversations.

Installed in prominent locations across campus following consultation with members of the local Qatari student community, the works of art are on view for the general public as well as QU’s student body to enjoy.

Artwork from Palm Leaf

Qatari artist Yousef Ahmad has created a series of three paintings, known as Shift of Light I, II and III, adorning the surrounding hall in which they hang.

As a pioneer of Qatar’s modern art movement, Ahmad’s artistic journey has spanned more than three decades. His work is influenced by his surroundings and emotional ties with Qatar’s culture and traditions.

Ahmad is renowned for his distinct and flexible style and his mastery of different media – from charcoal to calligraphy and oil painting. His work celebrates the gentle quietness of Qatar’s sea, the flat expanses of its desert and the serene openness of the sky.

From left to right, Shift of Light I, II and III, hand made Qatari palm leaf paper by Yousef Ahmad at the Qatar University
From left to right, Shift of Light I, II and III, hand made Qatari palm leaf paper

A Vast Sculpture

Buscando la luz IV (also known as Searching for Light IV) is a monumental sculpture, the last among a series of sculptures of this scale produced by Spanish artist Eduardo Chillida, during his final creative period. 

Composed of three asymmetrical vertical steel plates linked together through a complex riveting system, the sculpture's presence engulfs the area. Once inside the interior space of the work, its form almost appears to acquire movement, rising up in search of the light.

Chillida died in 2002, but his public artworks still adorn cities across the world, conforming to notions of dialogue between matter and space, the organic nature of forms and a strong ethical content.


Buscando la luz IV (also known as Searching for Light IV) by Spanish artist Eduardo Chillida at the Qatar University
Buscando la luz IV, 2001, corten steel
"The opportunity to share my works with the people of Qatar is inspiring and humbling, and I hope that my journey encourages future generations of local artists to follow their creative dreams."
Yousef Ahmad

Mosaic Murals

The work of Lebanese artist Etel Adnan adorns an outdoor space on campus in the form of two ceramic murals. 

As a visual artist, poet, playwright and essayist, Adnan has said that her abstract art is the equivalent of poetic expression for her, and is an open form of expression.

In March 2014, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art presented an exhibition of the work of Etel Adnan, in All Her Dimensions, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist.


Untitled I and II, 2013, ceramic mural by Etel Adnan at the Qatar University
Etel Adnan, Untitled I and II, 2013, ceramic mural
"Abstract art was the equivalent of poetic expression; I didn’t need to use words, but colours and lines. I did not need to belong to a language-oriented culture but to an open form of expression."
Etel Adnan


1 February 2016

New art at the Airport

We've recently installed two new permanent pieces which are now on display for passengers and visitors to enjoy at the airport.

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4 February 2016

Installation of Smoke by Tony Smith

Watch a time-lapse of the installation of Smoke in DECC.

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8 March 2016

'What About the Art' is coming soon

Preparations are well underway for the opening of a major exhibition from 15 contemporary Chinese artists curated by internationally acclaimed New York based Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. 

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