Posted on March 26, 2019

Qatar Museums (QM) has brought together a group of the most significant and influential architects in the world for a discussion of the role of architecture in the development of national identity on day three of the Qatar Creates talks programme.

Organised to celebrate the inauguration of the National Museum of Qatar, which opens to the public on 28th March, the carefully curated series of events brings together world-renowned collaborators and partners from the fields of arts and culture for a packed programme that is set to inspire and engage audiences across the country. Internationally renowned figures including Pritzker-winning architects Jean Nouvel, designer of the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), Rem Koolhaas, founder of Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), and Jacques Herzog, partner at Herzog & de Meruon, will be joined by foremost Qatari architect Ibrahim Jaidah, Chief Architect at Ibrahim Jaidah Architects & Engineers and Ben van Berkel, founder and principal of UNStudio, for the hour-and-a-half-long event.

Taking place at the Qatar National Library at 1:00pm on Wednesday 27th March, the panel is moderated by Philip Jodidio, who has authored of more than 100 books on art and architecture. The lively and engaging discussion will explore how buildings contribute to the sense of a new national identity of a country and its citizens and is set to be one of the highlights of Qatar Creates.

The city of Doha has radically changed its appearance in the last few decades. Over a number of years, world-class architects have produced many striking and instantly recognisable structures, including the Museum of Islamic Art, the Qatar National Library, and most recently the NMoQ, which opens to the public on 28th March.

The panellists will explore how such buildings assume iconic status and contribute to a city’s development. They will share perspectives on how such exquisite buildings reference local culture, landscape and traditions, thus connecting to the recognisable features and material culture of the region. Given that cultural facilities, perhaps more so than other buildings, have sought to communicate a sense of identity and self-perception, the panel will focus on the role that museums and edifices of other cultural institutions in Qatar and elsewhere play in defining and conveying the national identity to local and global audiences.

The diverse, week-long programme of panels, talks, workshops and tours that make up Qatar Creates shine a spotlight on the dynamism, diversity and creativity of the country’s flourishing arts and cultural scene. Day three will follow two days of eclectic and inspiring discussions about various topics which range from public art and cultural heritage, evolution of art education and art academies’ relationship with the art world, through to current trends in collecting and displaying modern art.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, 26th March, experts Brad Goreski, former co-host of E!’s hit series “Fashion Police and one of the most sought-after fashion stylists; Samer Khouzami, make-up guru, Monique Lhuillier, world-renowned fashion designer, Mark Rappolt, Editor-in-Chief of ArtReview, Michael Govan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Adam Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum, Monica Narula, co-founder of Raqs Media Collective, and Mira Nair, Academy Award nominated director for Best Foreign Film, will take part in various panel discussions organised throughout the day. They will be joined by leading Qatari female artists to shed light on the developing role of women in the art world and society, including Aisha Nasser Al Suwaidi, Dana Al Fardan and Reem Meshal.

Numerous luminaries from the worlds of art, design, fashion and music have participated in the extraordinarily rich and diverse programme so far, including David Linley, The Earl of Snowdon; public artists Liam Gillick and Jean-Michel Othoniel, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Co-founder of Raqs Media Collective, Rosanne Somerson, President of the Rhode Island School of Design; Shawn Brixey, Dean of Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts; and Marta Kuzma, Dean and Professor of Art at the Yale University School of Art.

Under the visionary leadership of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of QM, the progamme has been put together in recent months by the Education Team at QM. It is designed to provide platforms for dialogue, encourage the exchange of ideas and build bridges of understanding between the State of Qatar and some of the most exciting artistic and cultural centres in the world. Over the course of five days, from 25th to 29th March, more than 60 pioneers and leaders in their respective fields will share insights, perspectives and ideas with large groups of audiences in locations that range from NMoQ, Qatar National Library, the Museum of Islamic Art, Katara and more. Participants include photographers, architects, artists, critics, commentators, designers and film-makers amongst others.

Together they represent the largest concentration of artistic talent that the country has ever seen. They present a unique opportunity for young artists and talented creatives to hear from and be inspired by some of the world’s most significant and influential cultural icons. Places are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Given that the events are expected to be enormously popular, interested visitors are encouraged to arrive early at the venues.  

Museum admissions

Museum admission: Starting from March 28, admission to NMoQ, MIA and Mathaf will be charged at the entrance. General admission will be QAR 50 for adults; QAR 25 for students and free for children under 16, Culture Pass Plus and Culture Pass Family Members, and visitors with disabilities. Tickets will be free of charge for Qatar nationals and residents of the State of Qatar, with a valid Qatar ID. General admission tickets include exhibitions within the museum and are valid for three consecutive days from the date of first admission. Museum Pass is QAR 100 and permits admission to all museums and venues, valid for three consecutive days from the date of first admission.

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