Qatar will host a number of cultural events in order to boost its “soft power” ahead of the start of the FIFA World Cup next month. People are becoming increasingly conscious of the development of major institutions, such as the Art Mill project, which is a key new location for modern and contemporary art in Doha. This is a significant step.
The arena is scheduled to open in 2030. It will be housed in a structure that was formerly a wheat mill. (The program was first made accessible to the general public in 2015.
According to a news statement from Qatar Museums, art historian Catherine Grenier, who directs the Fondation Giacometti in Paris, created the museum’s “vision and idea.” Grenier organized an exhibition of approximately 120 Picasso and Giacometti pieces at the Fire Station in Doha, Qatar, in 2017.
Art Mill Museum 2030 will be previewed at the Qatar Flour Mill Warehouse and Al Najada Heritage House #15 in Doha. Alejandro Aravena, the Pritzker Prize for Architecture winner, will oversee the Chilean business Elemental, which has work in the show, from October 24, 2022 until March 30, 2023.
“The museum will host a substantial and really global collection of works from 1830 to the present that cover a wide variety of disciplines and historical eras that has been collected over the past four decades,” the statement continues.
The Lusail Museum in Qatar will open by the end of 2020. Xavier Dectot, who formerly oversaw the Louvre-Lens museum in northern France, will take over as director. Dectot was appointed head of the National Museum of Scotland’s art and design department in Edinburgh in 2016.
Herzog & de Meuron’s Museum of Islamic Art in Abu Dhabi will house one of the world’s biggest collections of Orientalist artwork and decorative arts. “Moments of meeting” and “huge networks across the Indian Ocean World that make it possible to develop relationships” will be discussed in Lusail, Qatar’s first capital and Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani’s house.
The Qatar Museums revealed a massive public art initiative for the upcoming football matches in Doha, as well as more than 40 brand-new public sculptures commissioned last year.
These works will be shown in a range of public locations, including parks and commercial districts, educational and athletic institutions, Hamad International Airport and Q-Rail stations, and World Cup stadiums.
Concurrently, a significant museum is being renovated. “New thematic interpretations” will be introduced when Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha is rebuilt. The Baghdad show will be on display from October 26, 2022, until February 25, 2023, and will include works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Taysir Batniji, born in Gaza, and Sophia Al-Maria, born in Qatar, will be honored at the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha. This is part of an autumn cultural season exhibition schedule that includes eight institutions and galleries (16 September-21 January).
Massimiliano Gioni, co-director of the New Museum’s exhibition division and director of Forever Valentino, will hold an unannounced tribute ceremony for the late Italian fashion designer Valentino at the M7 site in New York City (October-April 2023)
Qatar has made great attempts to expand its cultural offerings during the last two decades. For example, it has launched a major drive to establish museums. The Qatar National Museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, is set to open in 2019.
Despite its attempts to promote culture, Qatar has been chastised for its treatment of migrant laborers who helped build the country’s new football stadiums. The Qatari government claims that progress has been made after the implementation of labor reforms in 2017.