14 Sep 2017 - 3:24
Two major exhibitions to mark Qatar-Germany Year of Culture
Two major exhibitions are set to open this Autumn as a highlight of the Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture.
‘Driven by German Design’, developed in close partnership with the Volkswagen Group, will open at Al Riwaq Gallery in October 2017 and trace the evolution of German design over more than six decades.
Deutsche Bank, which has built up one of the world’s most important corporate collections of contemporary art, will simultaneously present German Encounters – Contemporary Masterworks from the Deutsche Bank Collection at the Fire Station’s Garage Gallery. Both exhibitions are supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.
Curated by museum director Prof. Dr Martin Roth before his passing, ‘Driven by German Design’ features numerous design objects loaned from some of Germany’s most significant cultural institutions such as the Vitra Design Museum, Neue Sammlung, Porsche Museum and Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt. The exhibition traces the development of German design over more than six decades, from the 1950’s to the present day and provides a glimpse into the future.
Unique exhibits will celebrate the most important and influential German designers from diverse fields, including product and graphic design, architecture, furniture, fashion and automotive design. The exhibition will feature some items that have never been seen before and highlight the influence of German design on ubiquitous objects such as iPhones, cameras and furniture. It also traces the evolution and development of some of the most iconic cars ever to have been designed, with the Porsche 911 Turbo, Volkswagen Golf and Käfer making an appearance.
Developed in close partnership with the Volkswagen Group, the exhibition covers more than 4,000sqm and has been organised into five ‘Epoch Rooms’ and a ‘Design Laboratory’ showcasing a mixture of exhibits, videos and images. The visitor experience has been planned and organised into three main sections designed to educate, inform and entertain.
German Encounters – Contemporary Masterworks from the Deutsche Bank Collection features more than 100 exemplary works on paper including photographs, and paintings by 27 artists provide an informative overview of the development of German art – and thus also of the history of the country – from the 1960s up to the present day.
The first-rate selection of contemporary art features works by Joseph Beuys and by the neo-expressionist painters such as Georg Baselitz and Markus Lüpertz; photographers of the Düsseldorf School, including Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, and Thomas Ruff; and hugely influential post-conceptual artists such as Isa Genzken, Rosemarie Trockel and Martin Kippenberger. The collection also includes renowned figurative paintings by Neo Rauch, as well as abstract acrylic works by Katharina Grosse and photographs by Annette Kelm.
Celebrating the influence and significance of German culture, art and design, both exhibitions reflect Qatar’s continued development as a cultural hub and highlight the diverse and engaging programme of exhibitions and activities on offer in the country.
The exhibitions are key moments in the Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture – a mutual exchange of arts, culture, science and sport between Qatar and Germany organised by Qatar Museums (QM) in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, the German Embassy Doha and the Embassy of Qatar in Germany. The year-long programme is made up of a wide variety of exhibitions and events in addition to literary and art workshops, film screenings, concerts and performances, sports competitions and trade shows.