The art movement in Qatar is in its infancy but it has a lot of potential. Not only that the government is very keen in amassing a good wealth of artwork from all over but is determined in developing talents within the country. A perfect example of this is the Fire Station Museum which originally housed the fire brigade. The idea of recycling a Civil Defense building to become an art hotspot is superb! But it doesn’t stop there. Qatar’s Museum Authority uses this hub to hone emerging creatives thru their residency program which I believe is what needed to propel the country as an art destination.
Last week, we made a quick visit (my first) and on display is the German Encounters exhibit. It’s a very interesting collection of works that range from photographs to paintings to the mundane (stovetop?). According to the museum’s website, these pieces are from the Deutsche Bank Collection. I am neither an art critic nor enthusiast but I appreciate the idea and effort they put into this.
Here are some photos I took during my visit.
There’s also Cafe #999 in the compound for when you need a break from all the walking and looking around. They serve breakfast so this can be a good option during the weekend . Next to the cafe is an art supply store where you can buy all the stuff you need for your next masterpiece. LOL.
So, have you been?