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China’s terracotta warriors to pay Qatar a visit this fall


terracotta warriors
Two terracotta warriors at a previous exhibition in Holland

Qatar residents will be able to see pieces from China’s famous Terracotta Army this fall when a temporary exhibition, Treasures of China, opens at the Museum of Islamic Art.

The terracotta warriors – who once furnished the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor – will be among the major attractions at the exhibition, which opens Sept. 7.

It will also feature pottery, bronze sculptures, gold and silver jewels and enamel work, all spanning 5,000 years of Chinese history.

The objects are being put on show in Doha as part of the Qatar-China Year of Culture, and Qatar is also fulfilling its side of the cultural exchange by sending its Pearls: Jewels from the Sea exhibition to Beijing’s National Museum of China from Sept. 27.

The Pearls exhibition has traveled to London, Sao Paulo and Istanbul during past years of culture.

Treasures of China is just one of six shows being lined up by Qatar Museums (QM) in Doha during the rest this year.

Here’s what else QM has in store:

Qatari and Chinese photography

Another event being held to mark the Qatar-China year of culture is an exhibition of images taken by photographers from the two countries.

Two groups from Doha and Zhejiang province in China recently held an exchange program, and the resulting photos – which will show “real people in their natural environments” according to QM – will be on display at the QM Gallery in Katara Cultural Village in October, and then in Zhejiang in November.

Red/Red at Mathaf

Across town at the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf), Turkish artist Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s installation Red/Red will be on show from next week.

The MATHAF project space
The MATHAF project space

The work, which will be on display at the museum’s Modern Art Project Space until September, is comprised of 17 pieces, including handmade notebooks of drawings and paintings made with red pigments from Armenia and Turkey.

Çavuşoğlu will give a public talk about her work on May 22, when the exhibition opens. It will run until Sept. 11.

Fire station gallery

At the beginning of June, the first nine-month Artist in Residence program at the Fire Station will draw to a close, and QM is marking the occasion with an exhibition.

'Sand Rug' by Emelina Soares at Fire Station
‘Sand Rug’ by Emelina Soares at Fire Station

Last September, 18 people began their placements as the first artists in residence at the former Civil Defense building in Wadi Al Sail.

The exhibition showcasing work they have produced during the year will open at the center’s ‘Garage Gallery” on June 2 and will remain on display until the end of December.

Iraqi artists

In October, 350 works by the Iraqi artist Dia Al-Azzawi will go on display at both Mathaf and at the Al Riwaq gallery near the Museum of Islamic Art.

The exhibition will be split between the two sites. According to QM, one site will focus on the relationship between image and text in Azzawi’s work, and the other will chart his engagement with key moments in the political history of Iraq and the Arab world.

The exhibitions will open on Oct. 16 at Mathaf and Oct. 17 at Al Riwaq.

Majnun Layla (Temptation), Dia Azzawi
Majnun Layla (Temptation), Dia Azzawi

Following Al-Azzawi’s exhibition and also with an Iraqi theme, Fragments, an exhibition by Iraqi-Canadian artist Mahmoud Obaidi, will open at the QM Gallery in Katara on Oct. 18.

In this exhibition, Obaidi will examine the “organised chaos” that led to the destruction of Iraq, QM said in a statement:

“In his work Obaidi recreates what has been stolen or destroyed to try to piece the city back together again. The exhibition shows how Obaidi is grappling with the destruction of an 8,000-year-old civilisation, which has been laid to waste in less than a fraction of that time.”

Do you plan to check out any of the exhibitions? Thoughts?

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