Airport installations

Inspiration for travellers

In collaboration with Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar Museums has placed art objects created by local, regional and international artists throughout the airport.

The art will inspire the millions of visitors and residents flying through the airport, and prove that art can be enjoyed far beyond the confines of a gallery.

Local commissions

Qatari artist Faraj Duham has created large-scale murals for the airport interior, whilst Ali Hassan has produced an iconic desert horse sculpture, which lives just outside of the airport building.

Other local artists whose art will be showcased around the airport include Mohammed Aljaida, Mubarak Al Malik, Amal Alatham, and Yousif Ahmed.

The winning photographs of our previous competition, Capture the Essence of Qatar are displayed in the departures terminal.

A playful piece

Lamp Bear by Swiss artist Urs Fischer takes centre stage in the grand foyer leading to HIA's world-class duty-free hall. It is a 23-foot canary yellow teddy bear sculpted from bronze, that sits peacefully inside a lamp. It's a playful piece that humanises the space around it and reminds travellers of childhood or precious objects from home.

 

Lamp Bear by Swiss artist Urs Fischer, a 23-foot canary yellow teddy bear sculpted from bronze, that sits peacefully inside a lamp at Hamad International Airport
Urs Fischer, 'Lamp Bear'
"It was interesting to me to see how I could imagine two objects coming together as two presences with unique claims."
Urs Fischer
"We want to bring the museum experience into the airport so that visitors and residents in Doha are encouraged to re-consider the airport environment and understand that art can be appreciated outside of the four walls of a museum"
Qatar Museums Spokesperson

More international flavour

Dutch artist Tom Claassen has produced a series of sculptures of the Oryx, which appear in herd formation in the arrivals hall. American sculptor Tom Otterness will have a number of installations around the airport titled Playground. His style is often described as cartoonish and cheerful, and his pieces here are accompanied by miniature Arab figures .

Other featured international artists include Adel Abdessemed, Dia Azzawi, Ahmed Al Bahrani, Maurizio Cattelan, Don Gummer, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Marc Quinn, Anselm Reyle, Rudolf Stingel and Bill Viola.

 

'The Nurseries of El Dorado' a series of hybrid plants, bronze sculpture by Marc Quinn
Marc Quinn, 'The Nurseries of El Dorado'
"I try to make work that speaks a common language that people understand, a visual language that doesn’t intimidate them."
Tom Otterness

The Nurseries of El Dorado is a representation of an almost mythical world. Comprising of a number of bronze sculptures, Quinn creates a series of hybrid plants by taking elements from different vegetation and carefully piecing them together, before casting them in bronze.

Rudolf Stingel’s work reflects on the passage of time. Stingel covered three surfaces with reflective, aluminium-faced insulation panels, before inviting members of the construction team to draw on the soft walls at the time of the airport’s construction. The walls were then cast in copper and electroplated with gold, before a number of pieces were selected for permanent display at the airport.

 'Untitled' by Rudolf Stingel, reflective, aluminium-faced insulation panels
Rudolf Stingel, 'Untitled'

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