Past Exhibitions

‏Browse through a selection of our most successful exhibitions from the past, held in our museums and galleries across Qatar.

2017

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TAMIM AL MAJD: CELEBRATION OF UNITY

20 August 2017 6:00pm

Museum of Islamic Art Park

Over 40 murals of different shapes and sizes have been gathered together from all over the country and installed at MIA Park, giving the public a closer look at the messages of encouragement and solidarity shared by the residents and visitors of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities.
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Skate Girls of Kabul

20 July 2017 – 21 October 2017

QM Gallery, Building 10, Katara

Award winning photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson will present her series of striking portraits, Skate Girls of Kabul, which will tell the extraordinary story of Afghan girls who took up skateboarding, thanks to Skateistan, an Afghan charity that provides skate parks as a hook to get children from disadvantaged families back into the educational system.
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Contemporary Calligraphy – Mehmet Çebi Collection

15th May – 17th June 2017

QATAR MUSEUMS GALLERY, AL RIWAQ

Contemporary Calligraphy brings together a notable selection of intricate and beautiful calligraphic artworks dating from the 1960’s to the present day. Collected by renowned Turkish expert Mehmet Cebi, more than 200 pieces will feature in the exhibition.
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PROJECT SPACE 9: BASIM MAGDY

Until 14 September 2017

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Basim Magdy works in painting, drawing, text, photography and film. His ephemeral narratives blur fictional and real stories of lived and imagined experiences. These trace the cyclical processes of desire and disappointment in humanity’s attempts at reshaping societies systems and structures.
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JR Répertoire

9 March to 31 May 2017

Qatar Museums Gallery in Katara (Building 10)

JR is amongst a handful of world-renowned artists that combines art and engaged actions through large-scale outdoor installations, films, photographs and videos, using the streetscape as his canvas and his inspiration, which he claims as the largest art gallery in the world.
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PICASSO-GIACOMETTI

22 February to 21 May 2017

Fire Station Artist in Residence

The first exhibition dedicated to the work of two of the most important artists of the twentieth century, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), at the Fire Station - Artist in Residence in Doha.. The exhibition, which is the first to show these artists in the Middle East.
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2016

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Pearls: Treasures from the Seas and the Rivers

27 September 2016 - 8 January 2017

National Museum of China, Beijing

The exhibition presents the history and legend, mythology and meaning of pearls and pearl jewellery from Qatar and around the world, and contains more than 100 pieces from around the world including the Gulf, Europe and Asia.
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Treasures of China

7 September 2016 to 7 January 2017

Museum of Islamic Art

Terracotta soldiers from the First Emperor’s Terracotta Army will be on show at the Museum of Islamic Art where visitors will get the chance to meet the warriors who guarded a hidden empire.
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Artists in Residence Exhibition 2015/2016

3 June - 4 October 2016

Fire Station: Artist in Residence

The End of Residency exhibition is a culmination of an intensive nine-month programme, featuring works by eighteen local contemporary artists who have been working in the artist’s studios and spaces at the Fire Station since September 2015.
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Red / Red

22 May – 11 September

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Asli Çavuşoğlu’s Red/Red (2015) explores the physicality of a colour to tell a story of coexistence and communality. Delicate flowers, plants, small animals, textiles, and abstract shapes are painted on handmade paper in two red inks: Armenian red, extracted from the endangered Armenian cochineal insect, and Turkish red, now used in the national flag.
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Silks from the Silk Road - Chinese Art of Silk

24 March 2016 – 9 May 2016

QM Gallery Katara

An exhibition of the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture that presents silk as a theme, and as a special local product of Zhejiang that played an important role in trade along the Silk Road.
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FOCUS: Works from Mathaf Collection Vol 2

10 March 2016 – 4 September 2016

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

A series of solo exhibitions featuring artists from the museum’s permanent collection, inviting audiences to rethink their understanding of art history and its connection to the world through original research, writing, and curating. In this second rotation, viewers have the opportunity to experience the first solo museum exhibition of conceptual Emirati artist Hassan Sharif.
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Looking at the World Around You: Contemporary Works from Qatar Museums

9 FEBRUARY 2016 – 19 JUNE 2016

Sala de Arte, Fundación Banco Santander

For anyone lucky enough to visit Madrid this year, be sure to visit the Santander Gallery to see Looking at the World Around You – Contemporary Works from Qatar Museums . Organized by Fundación Banco Santander and Qatar Museums, the show features selected works from the collections of QM, in celebration of modern and contemporary art illustrating the Arab world’s perspective on the international art scene.
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2015

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Luc Tuymans: Intolerance

18 October 2015 - 30 January 2016

Qatar Museums Gallery ALRIWAQ

We present a retrospective of the work of Luc Tuymans, his first solo exhibition in the Gulf, including new works created specifically for the show.
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Focus: Works from the Mathaf Collection

11 October 2015 – 14 February 2016

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Focus: Works from Mathaf Collection is a series of solo exhibitions featuring artists from the Museum’s Permanent Collection.
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Harem Al Sultan

17 September – 20 January 2016

Qatar Museums Gallery Katara

A unique exhibition that brings the costumes, sets and ambiance of the Magnificent Century series, a historical soap opera based on the life of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, to Doha.
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The Hunt: Princely Pursuits in Islamic Lands

Ended 9 January 2016

Museum of Islamic Art

Rich with symbolism and pageantry, hunting was, and in some places continues to be, an essential activity in the lifestyle of princes, sultans and pashas throughout the Islamic world.
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Artistic Journeys: New Angles, New perspectives

1 - 30 September 2015

Qatar Photographic Society Building 18, Katara

Four photographers from two different Muslim nations documented theirs journeys as moments captured in time; engaging in an inspiring exchange of artistic discovery and cultural dialogue.
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Ismail Azzam: For Them

26 April - 31 August 2015

QM Gallery Katara

For Them features charcoal portraits of 15 influential Arab painters and sculptors created especially for this revealing exhibition. It presents a personal interpretation of the Arab world’s past great artists.
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Wael Shawky: Crusades and Other Stories

Ended in August 2015

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

A major solo exhibition that presents two newly completed film trilogies, each inspired by stories and scripts of literature; Cabaret Crusades (2010-2014) draws on Amin Maalouf’s novel The Crusades through Arab Eyes (1983) while Al Araba Al Madfuna (2012-2015) collages the stories of Mohamed Mustagab with the artist's experience living in Upper Egypt.
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Qajar Women

8 April 2015 - 11 June 2016

Museum of Islamic Art

This exhibition features the centrality of the female form to the artwork of the Qajar period in Iran (1785-1925). Through a variety of historical objects from MIA's collection, in juxtaposition with photographs and contemporary artworks inspired by the Qajar period, we explore the meaning of the image of women at the onset of modernity.
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Exhibition 555

Ended in July 2015

Garage Gallery at the Fire Station

An exhibition that pays homage to the very first artists in residency in Qatar 15 years ago, it includes installations, photographs and videos of what Doha’s inaugural art residences were like, introducing visitors to a part of Qatar’s recent history that has never been shared so extensively before.
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Summary, Part 1

Permanent Exhibition

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Selected works from the Mathaf Collection produced from the twentieth century, presenting over 100 artists give multiple entry points into the collection, through artistic research, historical moments, and aesthetic experimentations on the idea of an Arab modernity. This project positions and gives value to the heritage of Arab modernities within an international context.
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Here There

Ended April 2015

QM Gallery Al Riwaq

Here There explores the environmental, cultural and social experience of life in Qatar and Brazil as presented through the eyes of each country’s most promising and talented young artists.The vibrant body of work from 42 Qatari and Brazilian artists ranges from pieces produced in traditional media such as paintings, drawings and printmaking, through to digital art, installations and interactive works.
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Marvellous Creatures: Animal Fables in Islamic Art

Ended July 2015

Museum of Islamic Art

An exhibition focusing on the real and mythical animals that appear in the legends, tales, and fables of the Islamic world, these marvellous creatures introduce timeless stories such as the well-known classics.
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Dribbling 4 Success

Ended February 2015

Lusail Multipurpose Hall

An exhibition on the sidelines of the 25th Men's Handball Championship featuring jerseys and videos from seven former IHF World Handball Players of the Year. It explores the international and local history of handball, including memorabilia from Qatari player Saleh Hassan Bu Jaloof from the 1970s, and from Boris Vrle Vrhovac, physical therapist of the Qatari national handball team.
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2014

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Mal Lawal

Ended March 2015

Doha Exhibition Centre

Mal Lawal is a unique showcase of private collections, blending heritage, culture and contemporary art to celebrate historically and socially significant objects and antiques. This is the second edition of the biennale and showcases 100 Qatari and 42 regional private collectors.
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Yousef Ahmad: Story of Ingenuity

Ended March 2015

QM Gallery Katara

Highlighting Qatari artist Yousef Ahmad’s most striking artworks, from 1970s to today, this exhibition showcased three phases in Ahmad’s artistic career, from early oil paintings to mixed media calligraphic pieces, to his latest contemporary pieces derived from the medium he creates.
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Shirin Neshat: Afterwards

Ended February 2015

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Curated by Abdellah Karroum, the exhibition will feature Neshat's existing and newly produced works, including the major photographic series, The Book of Kings (2012) as well as a selection of video installations commenting on the historical, cultural and political realities that she has focused on for over 30 years.
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The Tiger's Dream: Tipu Sultan

Ended January 2015

Museum of Islamic Art

This exhibition delved into the life and times of Tipu Sultan, the South Indian ruler, statesman, and patron. Drawn entirely from the MIA collection, and featuring many objects which had never been displayed in Qatar, the centerpiece is a group of 24 paintings showing Tipu’s victory at the Battle of Pollilur in 1780.
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Mughal and Safavid Albums

Ended February 2015

Museum of Islamic Art

Showcasing the Museum of Islamic Art's collection of miniatures and calligraphy, these objects reveal the journey of artistic refinement from the Middle East to Asia and Europe across the centuries. The exhibition allows us to understand the significance of Islamic art collecting over the course of history and how this part of MIA's collection was formed.
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Ceramics of al-Andalus

Ended August 2014

Museum of Islamic Art

Focusing on rare and beautiful ceramics from Spain, the objects on display exemplify the blending of Muslim and Christian artistic motifs. Through the display of Andalusi ceramics, we highlight our philosophy of collecting and conserving key objects in the history of Islamic art to show why and how a museum collection is developed.
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Kings and Pawns

Ended June 2014

Museum of Islamic Art

Chess, backgammon and other board games are a vibrant part of everyday culture in the Gulf and wider world. This exhibition uncovered their history.
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Etel Adnan - In All Her Dimensions

Ended July 2014

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

This exhibition showcased the works of Lebanese-American visual artist, poet, playwright and essayist, Etel Adnan, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
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Richard Serra Retrospective

Ended July 2014

QM Gallery Katara & Al Riwaq

For this exhibition, Serra formed ‘Passage of Time’ - an immersive sculpture made up of two 66.5m long and 4.1m tall steel curves that snake diagonally through the space.
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Richard Serra Creation Generation Project

Ended July 2014

W Hotel Doha

A touring exhibition by 6 Qatari artists, inspired by Richard Serra's work. The exhibition included photographs by Mohammed Al Dosari, Haya Al Thani, Abdulaziz Al Ajail and Amira Fareed, and sculptures by Khalifa Al Kuwari and Abdulaziz Youcef. Previously on display at Porto Arabia, The Pearl, until 29th June, before moving to W Hotel Doha.
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Mona Hatoum - Turbulence

Ended May 2014

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

This exhibition showcased the diversity of Hatoum’s work, spanning over 30 years. At the heart of the show was the artist’s seminal piece, Turbulence (2012).
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Pearls

Ended September 2014

Museu de Arte Brasileira, Sao Paulo

This travelling exhibition arrived in Sao Paulo, from London, Kobe and Doha. Jewellery and works of art showcase the extraordinary variety of colour and shape of natural and cultured pearls. The exhibition examines how pearls have been employed over centuries as a symbol of status and wealth, how tastes vary in different cultures, and the changing designs of jewellery with pearls.
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2013

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Hajj: The Journey Through Art

Ended January 2014

Museum of Islamic Art

This MIA-curated exhibition took visitors on a journey exploring and illuminating the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj. It presented artworks from MIA and objects from Qatari collections. The exhibition examined the history of this pilgrimage through the centuries, focusing on the rituals of Hajj as depicted through art, the routes taken and the experiences of pilgrims upon their return.
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Damien Hirst - Relics

Ended January 2014

QM Gallery, Al Riwaq

We hosted Damien’s first solo retrospective exhibition in the Middle East, documenting his twenty-five year career. He forces people to look closely at death and confront it directly, inside a gallery setting.
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Olympics - Past & Present

Ended June 2013

QM Gallery Al Riwaq

One of the most comprehensive exhibitions of its kind ever organised, it showcased both ancient and modern Olympics, narrated the history of the games and highlighted Qatar’s involvement. It was organised by 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum.
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Hey’Ya: Arab women in sport

Ended June 2013

QM Gallery, Katara

This project celebrated the strength and pride of female athletes from the Arab world, featuring large-scale photos by Brigitte Lacombe and videos by Marianne Lacombe.
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Heritage of Art Diplomacy: Memoirs of an Art Ambassador

Ended March 2013

Museum of Islamic Art

Curated by Dr. Olga Nefedova, the exhibition took visitors behind the scenes by showcasing the work of museum researchers and restorers. It was orgnaised by the Orientalist Museum and included recently restored 17th century paintings from their collection.
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2012

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Olympics Through Media

Ended in September 2012

QM Gallery, Katara

This traced the evolution of the Modern Olympics through the development of photography and motion pictures from the 1870's to the present. It was organised by 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum and QM Media Collection.
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Takashi Murakami - Ego

Ended June 2012

QM Gallery Al Riwaq

Through bursts of colour and a myriad of characters, the work touched on a range of themes, often channelling the ecstasy and anxiety of consumerism.
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Mal Lawal 2012

Ended October 2012

QM Gallery Al Riwaq

Mal Lawal is Arabic for ‘from the old days’, and invited everyone in Qatar to share the objects that have resonated with them throughout their lives.
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Arab Games

Ended December 2011

QM Gallery Katara

Demonstrating a chronological narrative of the games, the exhibition featured items from the games, including medals, posters, programs and films and highlighted Qatari achievements at the event. It was organised by 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum.
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