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Syria Matters

22 November 2018 - 30 April 2019

Over the last seven years and more, Syria has undergone one of the worst human tragedies in living memory. This once proud and splendid country with its fabled cities of Damascus and Aleppo has been largely destroyed and great parts of its population have fled in one of the major refugee-migrations of recent history. Syria’s fate concerns everyone, but especially its neighbours in the Middle East. It is for this reason the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha presents “Syria Matters” to highlight the extraordinary cultural heritage of this country, and at the same time plead to safeguard this unique legacy in danger.

“Syria Matters” will explore five periods of Syria’s history, illuminating its key role in the artistic and intellectual history of the world. It is a journey through time and space featuring immersive and innovative digital renderings of key sites by the French company ICONEM and showcasing over 120 objects including some of MIA’s greatest collection highlights such as the famous Cavour vase as well as significant national and international loans from Istanbul, St. Petersburg, Berlin, London and Paris. Visitors will leave with a deep understanding and connection to Syria and an appreciation of how the continuing destruction affects us all.

Museum of Islamic Art

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei, the Museum is comprised of a main building with an adjacent education wing connected by a large central courtyard. The main building rises five-storeys, topped by a high domed atrium within a central tower.
Louis-François Cassas (French, 1756-1827); View of the Ancient City of Palmyra from the Necropolis 1785; watercolour, pen and brown ink on paper; 64 x 88 cm; OM.888, National Collection of Qatar.
Louis-François Cassas (French, 1756-1827); View of the Ancient City of Palmyra from the Necropolis 1785; watercolour, pen and brown ink on paper; 64 x 88 cm; OM.888, National Collection of Qatar.
Gustav Bauernfeind (German, 1848-1904), Damaskus [North Gate of the Great Mosque of Damascus] (detail), 1890, Oil on panel  121 x 96.5 cm Orientalist Museum, OM.699, National Collection of Qatar.
Gustav Bauernfeind (German, 1848-1904), Damaskus [North Gate of the Great Mosque of Damascus] (detail), 1890, Oil on panel 121 x 96.5 cm Orientalist Museum, OM.699, National Collection of Qatar.
Cavour Vase; Syria, 14th century; free-blown cobalt blue glass, enamelled and gilded; H: 24.5; MIA, GL.6.1998
Cavour Vase; Syria, 14th century; free-blown cobalt blue glass, enamelled and gilded; H: 24.5; MIA, GL.6.1998
Copy of Muhammad ibn Yaʿqub al-Firuzabadi, al-Qamus al-Muhit; Mamluk; Syria or Egypt; dated AH 11 shaʿban 791 (5th August 1389 CE); black ink and gold pigments on paper; 26.5 x 17 cm; MIA, MS.322.2000
Copy of Muhammad ibn Yaʿqub al-Firuzabadi, al-Qamus al-Muhit; Mamluk; Syria or Egypt; dated AH 11 shaʿban 791 (5th August 1389 CE); black ink and gold pigments on paper; 26.5 x 17 cm; MIA, MS.322.2000
Andrea Soldi (Italian, 1703-1771); A Merchant of the Levant Company, Aleppo beyond; 1750; oil on canvas; 102 x 82 cm; OM.868, National Collection of Qatar.
Andrea Soldi (Italian, 1703-1771); A Merchant of the Levant Company, Aleppo beyond; 1750; oil on canvas; 102 x 82 cm; OM.868, National Collection of Qatar.

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