News and Events

The 2015-2016 culture and art season in the region is just getting started and already there are some major exhibitions that have launched and many more to look forward to in Qatar and the Gulf.

On September 16th, the Museum of Islamic Art opened an exhibition entitled ‘The Hunt’ focusing on the lifestyle, sport, and traditions of the hunt portrayed in Islamic art and in the expression of power of the ruling elite.

The Mathaf has also launched a new exhibition, Focus: Works from the MATHAF Collection from 11 October 2015 - 14 February 2016, offering a fresh look at the collection from a curatorial, historical and aesthetic point of view. The works of five artists are subject to re-interpretation within the context of current events and re-contextualized with original curatorial thought and research.

Last week the first edition of Art Bahrain took place. The inaugural fair hosted galleries from around the Middle East and Europe and highlighted the fact that Bahrain has an established local arts community of gallery and initiatives. Talks ranging from collecting, preservation, investing and artist led talks were part of a well thought out education program that is sure to grow in its second edition.

One of the biggest events of the season is fast approaching, Abu Dhabi Art at Manarat Al Saadiyat or ‘the place of Enlightenment’. The 7th edition of the Art Fair will run from November 18-21. There will be no short of daily events including daily public forums, panel discussions, book launches, and art talks.

From November 7-9, the Sixth Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art and Culture, By the Pen and What they Write ; writing in Islamic Art and Culture will take place in Doha, Qatar. Leading Art Historian, Sheila S. Blair, will give the keynote address at the Al Rayyan Theater Souq al Waqif “Writing as Signifier of Islam” on the evening of November 7. This event will be followed by two days of presentations by art historians, curators, conservators and writers on the role of writing in Islamic.

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