Qatar Museums announced today its plans to turn the nation into an open-air museum in anticipation of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.
From today up until the opening of the tournament, the museum will commission and install 40 new installations throughout Doha and the nation. “The enrichment of Qatar’s public spaces by extraordinary artworks by artists of all nationalities and backgrounds is a point of pride for our nation,” said Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums. Abdulrahman Ahmed Al-Ishaq, the institution’s Director of Public Art added it will further encourage “dialogue among countless people, and provides sources of inspiration that are always accessible.”
The program will feature a mix of local Qatari talent, alongside a diverse cast of international artists — making the initiative one of the most ambitious art projects in the world. Current highlights include Dutch artist, Tom Claassen’s monumental sculpture Falcon (2021) that stands outside the Hamad International Airport. Stay tuned for an array of work to follow in the coming year.
In other art news, James Jean will release a new meticulously crafted screenprint.
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