Posted on January 08, 2020

Qatar Museums (QM) joined with the French Embassy in Doha to announce a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions, festivals, bilateral exchanges, and events to be held in both nations over the next twelve months, in celebration of the Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture.

Each year since 2012, Qatar Museums has collaborated with a different nation to produce a specially curated Year of Culture, promoting mutual understanding across borders while providing opportunities for the people of each nation to encounter and appreciate one another’s creativity. In this ninth annual programme, the Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture builds on strong, substantial, already existing ties between the two nations to produce a series of experiences of remarkable excitement.

His Excellency Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports, said “Although Qatar is always reaching out to people around the world and welcoming the world to Qatar, it is especially gratifying to us to enjoy the sustained, focused activity made possible by our Year of Culture. We are grateful to our partners in both countries for their enthusiastic cooperation in putting together the truly exceptional programme that we now announce for Qatar-France 2020. We look forward to showing the best of Qatar in France, the best of France in Qatar, and inviting the people of both nations to share their thoughts and experiences and deepen their mutual connections.”

The Honorable Franck Gellet, Ambassador of the Republic of France to the State of Qatar, said, “The Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture will continue the advances in mutual understanding, friendship and support that our nations are so proud to have achieved. In the past year alone, we exchanged visits of high-level delegations and signed seven important agreements in defense, security, higher education and culture. The dynamic bilateral trade between our nations is flourishing, having increased only recently by a remarkable 33 percent for the year, and the Institut Français du Qatar has just celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. By encompassing visual arts, music, cinema, sport, literature, and scholarly and scientific exchanges, Qatar-France 2020 will broaden these existing relationships among our people while elevating them to an even higher level.”

The Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture will be inaugurated with a grand opening ceremony at the Katara Opera House on January 10th. Marc Piollet, one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation, will lead the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in a compelling programme of French classics.

In February 2020, the Palais de Tokyo will host a major contemporary art exhibition, titled Our world is Burning. The exhibition, which was co-curated and co-produced by the contemporary art center and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, will feature works by artists from Qatar and the Gulf region. Other events to be hosted in France include screenings of works from the Doha Film Institute at the Cannes International Film Festival and the Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, and the presentation of Qatar Culture Week in October 2020 at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.

In March 2020, the Fire Station Garage Gallery will present the outstanding exhibition Picasso’s Studios. Dozens of works by Pablo Picasso, on exceptional loan from the Musée National Picasso in Paris, will bring the public imaginatively into the spaces where this great 20th-century artist achieved his creative breakthroughs. Mathaf will open an exhibition by Yto Barrada. This fall, the temporary exhibition gallery of the National Museum of Qatar will host an exhibition curated by the renowned French art historian Catherine Grenier on the subject of Paris as a whirlwind of innovation in modern art, and Qatar Museums’ Gallery Al Riwaq will showcase works by the acclaimed contemporary French artist Philippe Parreno.

Further exhibitions, programmes, and events will be announced in the coming weeks and months. To view the schedule and see updates, the public is invited to visit the website: [].

Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture, sponsored by Qatar Airways, was planned in collaboration with leading institutions in Qatar and France, including the Embassy of Qatar in France, the Embassy of France in Qatar, Qatar's Ministry of Culture and Sport, Qatar Foundation, The National Tourism Council, Doha Film Institute, Qatar National Library, Katara, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and Qatar Football Association.