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QMA moves Zidane head-butt statue from Corniche to Mathaf

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In an apparently abrupt change of plan, the Qatar Museums Authority has decided to move Adel Abdessemed’s five-meter high “Coup de Tête” sculpture from the Corniche to a new home.

The name of the controversial sculpture – which is going to Mathaf, the Museum of Modern Arab Art near Education City – means “head butt” in English, and captures the moment when French football player Zinedine Zidane head-butted Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup.

Previously, the QMA said that the statue, which was bought for an undisclosed sum, would be a permanent installation on the Corniche.

But today, QMA Chief Marketing Officer Kimberly French told Doha News:

“Coup de Tete will join (Abdessemed)’s solo show currently on display at Mathaf until January 5I think that there has been a decision to join the pieces together.

I don’t know if that was a change of heart, but when we first put it in we thought they should be separate, but now we want to join it together with the rest of Adel’s work.”

In a statement, QMA added:

“QMA first unveiled the sculpture on the Corniche as part of the launch programme for the October exhibitions. Coup de Tete will form part of Doha’s Public Art landscape and its permanent home will be confirmed shortly.”

It is possible that the statue may remain on permanent display outside Mathaf, French added.

Reaction to the removal of the statue on Twitter has been divided:

The controversial work – which critics have labeled “unsportsmanlike” and offensive to religious sensibilities – was unveiled earlier this month as part of a flurry of new art installations across town, including Damien Hirst’s specially-commissioned work for the under-construction Sidra Medical and Research Center, “The Miraculous Journey,” a group of 14 huge bronze sculptures, showing different stages from conception to birth.

This work is not currently on view, however. After a high-profile unveiling during Hirst’s recent visit to Doha to launch his new show, Relics, the covers were pulled back over the statues due to ongoing construction at the site, according to QMA.

Controversial art

Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed‘s current exhibition at Mathaf, L’âge d’or, is also proving controversial. Printemps, a video depicting several chickens screaming while appearing to be on fire, has been labeled as offensive by some residents, who have begun a petition to ask for the cancellation of the show, and the sacking of QMA’s and Mathaf’s directors.

“We, Qataris and residents of Qatar, are outraged and shocked at the fact that our modern art museum, the until now respected Mathaf, promotes these violent and tasteless works that have nothing to do with real art and creativity,” the text on the petition reads.

When asked about the petition, which has garnered about 500 signatures, the QMA told Doha News that aside from Printemps, “the petition is judging him based on previous works and exhibitions in San Francisco, Paris and Italy.”

Two further Abdessemed works are due to be unveiled shortly, according to the Mathaf website. That includes Mappemonde, a sculpture consisting of large-scale world maps sculpted entirely from discarded tin cans, which will be installed at Hamad International Airport when it opens early next year.

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Moey Shawash
6 years ago

#FirstWorldProblems

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago

offending religious sensibilities? Show me where in the quran or the bible it says u can’t headbutt a guy during the a world cup game

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disqus_21uQ1hXhE0
6 years ago

I think the focus was on worrying about idolatry, but funnily enough no one is worried about anyone worshiping Orry the Oryx or whatever statue was next to it.

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago

Orry is 2 cute to be worshipped

Kingpin
Kingpin
6 years ago

the cute ones are the ones who get worshipped!!!

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
6 years ago

Oh, they were people against Orry I’m sure; but back then, social media wasn’t as prevalent as it is today, so you didn’t here about it.

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6 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

It still feels really weird to me. How about banning all commercials featuring Zidane, because that’s akin to idol worship? How about banning all tv and movies, because that’s a call to worship these Hollywood harlots? And print ads featuring people? Is a sculpture more powerful than a picture? Are they both not graven images and false idols? Maybe I should stop because nobody likes internal contradictions to an argument pointed out to them?

Deer Bestow
Deer Bestow
6 years ago

And your name is Mohammed because………..?

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago
Reply to  Deer Bestow

My parents named me that

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Well this piece of art did its work, it created controversy and got everyone talking about it.

It reminds me of a quote from the Bible.
“lo sayeth the lord when entering the field of play, respect your opponents and do not thy take their chest in thy head, for you will disrespect all players of thy match’ John 26:13

Sharkfinn
Sharkfinn
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I’m impartial to the Bible’s take on offsides, but “to you be your way, and to me mine.”

Ryan Sonson
Ryan Sonson
6 years ago

Mabrouk Qatar, there is hope for you yet!

KK
KK
6 years ago

what a joke.

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
6 years ago

“In an apparently abrupt change of plan” Is there any other kind of plan changing in Qatar 😉

braininstead
braininstead
6 years ago

also i checked with Mataf today, the statue is not there

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