Posted on August 03, 2019

Qatar Museums (QM) has announced a new season of dynamic and exciting exhibitions and events coming to Doha this fall.

Under the patronage of its Chairperson, H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, QM has worked with leading artists and institutions from around the world to bring a series of evocative and inspiring shows to audiences in Qatar. Kicking off the season is “El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale,” the largest ever survey mounted of the work of the acclaimed artist El Anatsui, perhaps Africa’s most prominent living artist, to go on view at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art from October 1 to January 31.

Focusing on the triumphant and monumental quality of Anatsui’s sculptures, this exhibition will encompass every medium in the artist’s prodigious 50-year career, including the signature bottle-cap series developed over the last two decades; wood sculptures and wall reliefs spanning the mid-1970s to the late 1990s; ceramic sculptures of the late 1970s; as well as drawings, prints and books. The exhibition is organized by Haus der Kunst, Munich in cooperation with Mathaf, the Kunstmuseum Bern and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

“KAWS; He Eats Alone” will be on view in the Garage Gallery at Doha’s Fire Station: Artist in Residence from October 25 to January 18 and trace the influence of KAWS on the international contemporary art field. Curated by Germano Celant, the exhibition will explore the artist’s vast oeuvre, including paintings, sculptures, toys, and products. Much of the exhibition will focus on the impact of KAWS’ public sculptures and installations, both in Qatar and abroad.

The National Museum of Qatar will present an exhibition surveying the work of Jean Schlumberger (1907–1987), who transformed 20th century fashion with his creative designs for highly sculptural, vibrant, and imaginative jewelry and accessories inspired by natural forms. Titled “Magnificent Jewels of Jean Schlumberger: From the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Collection,” the exhibition will include more than 100 pieces of jewelry and accessories and run from October 15 to January 15.

After emerging as a popular costume jeweler in Parisian high society in the late 1930s, Schlumberger opened an independent shop in New York City. Within a decade, he had earned a devoted clientele and his own salon at Tiffany & Co.’s iconic Fifth Avenue headquarters. As a signature designer for the American luxury jewelry firm for more than thirty years, Schlumberger became well known for his interpretations of animal and botanical subjects, particularly marine life and flowers, which are among the highlights of the Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), the largest and most comprehensive public collection of jewelry and art objects by Jean Schlumberger.

In celebration of the 2019 Year of Culture Qatar-India, the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) will present an exhibition on magnificent gems and jewellery from India dubbed “Set in Stone: Gems and Jewels from Royal Indian Courts” from October 23 to January 18. This exhibition will showcase more than 100 spectacular pieces from across Qatar Museums’ collection, including many masterpieces that have never been displayed before. Drawing from MIA’s permanent collection, the National Museum of Qatar, and Qatar Museum’s Orientalist Collection, this exhibition will bring together a splendid array of jewellery, jewelled objects, works on paper, and photography, including highlights such as MIA’s famous gold and gem-set falcon and the brilliant diamond necklace from Varanasi.

source: The Peninsula