Posted on August 21, 2017

Qatar Museums Chairperson H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani today opened the ‘Tamim Al Majd: Celebration of Unity’ exhibition at MIA Park, which gathers many of the Tamim Al Majd murals generously donated by members of the public.

Attended by the Qatar Museums leadership team, VIPs and the families who have donated the displayed murals, the opening night reinforced the rallying spirit that has swept Qatar in recent weeks.

Khalid Al Ibrahim, Chief Strategic Planning Officer at Qatar Museums said: “We have seen an incredible outpouring of support  from the people of Qatar for the Emir and the country over the past two months, leaving no doubt of the true spirit of the country and the many people who have made it their home. As the guardians of the country’s heritage and culture, we at Qatar Museums wanted to capture this significant moment in Qatar’s history and the artistic expression it inspired by giving it a bigger platform and audience.”  

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Over 40  murals of different shapes and sizes have been gathered together from all over the country and installed at MIA Park, giving the public a closer look at the messages of encouragement and solidarity shared by the residents and visitors of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. Bearing the iconic image of HH the Emir created by young Qatari artist Ahmed bin Majed Almaadheed, hundreds of outdoor murals have been installed around Doha in an unprecedented stream of support for the country’s leadership. The widespread popularity of the murals and grassroots nature of the campaign, which quickly spread following an Instagram post by the artist of the Tamim Al Majd design, makes it a significant moment in Qatar’s history.

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Social commentary conveyed through graffiti art has long been a popular form of discourse and self-expression, making this community-borne effort ever more important in establishing an organic connection between art and the local community. The personalised “graffiti” messages are some of the truest examples of public art in Qatar, which now join the many public art works placed throughout the country by QM, to mark a significant milestone in Qatar’s modern history.