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New art at the Airport

1 February 2016

We've recently installed two new permanent pieces which are now on display for passengers and visitors to enjoy at the Hamad International Airport: 'Arctic Nurseries of El Dorado' by British artist Marc Quinn, and 'Untitled' by Italian artist Rudolf Stingel

The new pieces will join the growing collection of sculptures and images by Qatari and international artists at the airport, including works by four Qatari artists: Amal Al Raban, Ali Hassan, Mubarak Al Malik and Salman Al Malik, in the Oryx and Al Maha lounges

"These newest works in HIA signify the latest chapter in our vision at Qatar Museums to continue to bring world-class art to our people.”
Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al Mahmoud, Acting Chief Executive Officer of QM
Rudolf Stingel, 'Untitled'

Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel’s work reflects on the passage of time. His installation at HIA is a sample of one of his famous large-scale interactive pieces.

Stingel covered three surfaces with reflective, aluminium-faced insulation panels, before inviting members of the construction team at HIA 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 HIA.


Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn’s mesmerising artwork, 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.


Marc Quinn, 'The Nurseries of El Dorado'

Airport Installations

We've worked with local, regional and international artists for over five years to commission and acquire artworks for key locations in and around Hamad International Airport. The art comprises a mix of site-specific creations as well as pieces which have been carefully selected for the airport. The first international installation, 'Lamp Bear' by Swiss artist Urs Fischer, was installed in a prominent location in the centre of the airport, and Dutch artist Tom Claassen produced a series of sculptures of the Oryx, an antelope native to the Arabian Peninsula, which appear as a herd in the arrivals hall of the airport. 

View the Hamad International Airport Installations in detail 


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