Citizens and residents of Qatar – especially Culture Pass members – will have the opportunity to explore a number of ongoing art exhibitions, guided tours and other activities organized by Qatar Museums (QM) this weekend. -end.
At the Doha Fire Station, an exhibition titled Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” features more than 55 works, highlighting what has been described as the late American artist’s “pioneering diverse media practice”, ranging from “visual arts to music, fashion, architecture and design”.
The exhibition, presented as part of the Qatar – United States Year of Culture 2021, is curated by Michael Darling in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Samir Bantal of AMO/OMA, and will be visible until March 31.
“To honor the art and legacy of Virgil Abloh, the MQ has placed a ‘Virgil Was Here’ banner at the fire station building. Members of the community can personally pay their respects to the notable artist on a dedicated signature wall in the fire station plaza,” the QM recently posted on its social media pages.
The M7 at Msheireb Downtown Doha showcases rare Christian Dior collections that have never been shown before, “including sets from the private collection of His Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.”
The exhibition, entitled *Christian Dior: Creator of Dreams, curated by Olivier Gabet and designed by Nathalie Crinière especially for Qatar, marks nearly 75 years of creative passion, “punctuated by captivating haute couture dresses and works from the collection of the Art Museum. Decorative in Paris”. It will last until March 31.
The QM noted that “Christian Dior’s inspiration comes from places he has not necessarily visited: since the East and the Far East, India, Africa, South America, were in fact a major reference in its options for decoration”.
A collection of Iraqi objects, for example, “exemplifies the vision of fashion’s inclusive walls, as well as the painting of Dior’s base colors”.
“Pink includes ‘the color of happiness and femininity’ and ‘dior red’, the color that best symbolizes ‘travalgar effects’ and the color that ‘exhibits women’s smiles,’ the QM said.” As for black, he considered it the most elegant colors and said he could write a full column about it.”
The 2021 Qatar – United States Year of Culture exhibition also highlights the works of acclaimed American contemporary artist Jeff Koons, with more than 60 works – exhibited across 16 galleries of QM Gallery Al Riwaq – drawn from his 40-year career.
Koons’ first show in the Gulf region, dubbed *Jeff Koons: Lost in America, which will also run through March 31, offers an in-depth understanding of the artist’s career and outstanding works.
According to the QM, this one-of-a-kind exhibition “presents a portrait of American culture as seen through Koons’ autobiography, beginning with his childhood in suburban Pennsylvania…each work highlights his memories, his influences and his fascination with American visual culture”. ”.
“Conceived as an expansive self-portrait, *Lost in America includes sculptures and paintings with compelling mirrored surfaces that reflect viewers and draw attention to notions of self-transformation and becoming,” QM said.
Other QM exhibitions include *Kadder Attia: On Silence (until March 31 at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art) and *Mohamad Hafez: What is Home to You? (until tomorrow, February 19, at The Gallery, and Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar).
An online lecture on “Bridging the Human and Natural Worlds” by media artist, filmmaker and educator Jonah King will take place Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., while a workshop on “Creating Digital Avatars in augmented reality and motion capture” will take place February 22 at 5 p.m.