Qatari Art Between Memory and Modernity

Posted July 4th, 2011

Arab World, Menasa, Shows

“Mathaf, the Arab Museum of Modern Art yesterday announced its new exhibition, ‘Swalif: Qatari Art Between Memory and Modernity,’ open to the public between August 14 and October 29,” writes The Gulf Times.
‘Swalif: Qatari Art Between Memory and Modernity’ features artworks from the collection of Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art, newly illustrating the development of the visual arts in Qatar from the 1960s to the early 2000s. The Arabic word “swalif” suggests friendly, informal conversations and the recounting of stories. Structured as a narrative across four decades, Swalif brings together the intimate responses of 23 artists to Qatar and art during the rapid shifting of society, surroundings and traditional lifestyles that followed the discovery of oil.
“The exhibition represents a great opportunity for visitors to explore the development of modern art in Qatar,” said HE Sheikh Hassan bin Mohamed bin Ali al-Thani, vice chairperson of Qatar Museums Authority and Mathaf’s patron. “Mathaf will showcase some of the best artwork by Qatari artists, demonstrating that there has been a vibrant art scene in Qatar going back several decades.”
The exhibition features more than 75 artworks in a variety of media, including oil paint, watercolour, print, ceramics, wood and mixed media. The featured artists are Mohammed Ali Abdulla, Yousef Ahmad, Ahmed al-Asadi , Mohamed al-Atiq, Faraj Daham, Wafika Sultan Saif al-Essa, Essa al-Ghanem, Ahmed al-Haddad, Wafa al-Hamad, Ahmad al-Hamar, Ali Hassan, Mohamed al-Jaidah, Saif al-Kuwari, Salman al-Malik, Essa al-Malki, Abdulwahed al-Mawlawi, Hassan al-Mulla, Abdulrahman al-Mutawah, Majid Hilal al-Naimi, Ali Sharif, Sultan al-Sulaiti, HE Sheikh Hassan bin Mohamed bin Ali al-Thani, and Jassim Zaini.”
Read on at The Gulf Times.