15 Nov 2017 - 1:07
QM to present art exhibition in Berlin
Qatar Museums (QM) will present the largest ever showcase of contemporary arts from Qatar at Berlin’s legendary Kraftwerk space.
The exhibition, running from December 9 to January 3, will be the finale of the Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture programme.
The large-scale exhibition, Contemporary Art - Qatar, covering an area of more than 7,500sqm, reflects the vibrancy of Qatar’s flourishing arts and cultural scene. It highlights the breadth and scope of QM’s offer by drawing on work from its successful artists in residence programme, its Year of Culture activity and other initiatives undertaken by the organisation.
The exhibition will be a reflection of Qatar’s culture presented from the perspective of the country’s national and resident population. Using a variety of mediums and approaches, including contemporary art, installations, photography and films, the artists share their stories and reflect on their lives in Qatar’s ever changing and growing environment.
H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson, Qatar Museums, said: “It is an important time for our country. And a wonderful moment to be able to celebrate the true friendship between Qatar and Germany. We are proud of the extraordinary talent of the new generation of artists emerging in Qatar, both those of Qatari nationality, but also the artists we welcome from other parts of the world. We view nurturing artists and opening up new networks as a crucial part of our work to support the future development of our country and also to reflect our belief in the power of art to bring people together.”
The exhibition has three sections. “Articulating the Particular: Contemporary Visual Narratives,” will present how artists respond to and document the transformation of society, traditional practices and contemporary identity. This section will feature 115 works in all media by artists from Qatar including 19 Qatari artists and 16 international artists, which have practiced art in the country.
“Cultural Exposures: Photography and Film from Qatar” includes work by Qatari photographers at home and abroad, as well as guest photographers who visited Qatar as part of the Years of Culture exchanges with Brazil, Turkey and China. A selection of 28 portraits from Hey’Ya: Arab Women in Sport, a photography and video exhibition by Brigitte Lacombe and Marian Lacombe, commissioned by Qatar Museums in 2012, features portraits and interviews of 90 Arab Female Athletes, 31 of whom are from Qatar.