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Artist JR’s retrospective coming to Qatar in March

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“28 Millimètres: Women Are Heroes, Pasting in Monrovia streets, Liberia,” 2008. Credit: JR

A major exhibition containing several of French artist JR’s most well-known works will be on display in Qatar starting in March.

The anonymous artist is famous for creating large-scale outdoor installations, films, photographs and videos around the world.

A self-proclaimed “urban activist,” JR has produced artworks on buildings and slums around Paris, in Israel and Palestine, in Malaysia and Brazil.

View of JR’s Giants in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic games. Credit: JR

According to his website, he doesn’t explain his work and aims to provoke questions and interpretation among passersby.

The show

JR — Retrospective will be held by Qatar Museums at QM Gallery in Katara.

It addition to featuring some of his most famous works, there will be a video lounge where select videos he has produced can be viewed.

“The Wrinkles of the City, Istanbul, Kadir An, Turkey,” 2015. Credit: JR

The exhibition runs from March 6 to May 31 and is free and open to the public.

The gallery is closed on Sundays, open 10am to 8pm Monday — Thursday and on Saturdays, and open from 3pm to 9pm on Fridays.

Other upcoming exhibitions

QM has several other exhibitions in the pipeline this spring.

Next month, it plans to host the first Picasso-Giacometti exhibition in the Middle East.

The show will feature more than 120 works by renowned 20th Century artists Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti.

Pablo Picasso’s The Bathers. Credit: QM

The free exhibition runs from Feb. 23 to May 21, 2017 at the Doha Fire Station.

And in June, a portrait series called Skate Girls of Kabul will go up at the QM Gallery at Katara.

The photographs, by Jessica Fulford-Dobson, tell the story of Afghan girls who took up skateboarding with the help of a local charity that provides skate parks for kids in the country.

Entry is free and runs from June 15 to Sept. 16.

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