Posted on October 13, 2018

Qatar Museums is putting the final touches on the first exhibitions of this year’s evocative fall season, which will open to the public on October 17th at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.

The two exhibitions, Revolution Generations and I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous by Lebanese artist Mounira Al Solh, will bring into focus contemporary storylines that resonate with visitors from Qatar and across the region. Revolution Generations, a ground-breaking exhibition curated by Mathaf Director Abdellah Karroum will present artists from the Arab world, Turkey, Iran and diaspora, looking at important moments of change in the history of modern and contemporary art when underground artistic movements developed in the region in response to the absence of freedom of expression.

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In parallel, I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous, curated by Hendrik Folkerts (Dittmer Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Art Institute of Chicago) and Laura Barlow (Curator, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha) will showcase a series of drawings and embroideries depicting personal histories and experiences that emerge from the humanitarian and political crises in Syria and the Middle East. Simultaneously, two FOCUS exhibitions will also be on view, continuing the in-depth display series dedicated to historical artists from the Museum’s Collection. Fateh al-Moudarres: Colour, Extensity and Sense, guest curated by Sara Raza (Independent Curator), presents a posthumous view into the oeuvre of this modernist artist’s studio practice. While Jassim Zaini: Representation and Abstraction, curated by Fatma Mostafawi (Curator, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha), will present a focused view of the works of a pioneering Qatari modernist.