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NMOQ names artists whose works offer visitors an experience of a lifetime

NMOQ names artists whose works offer visitors an experience of a lifetime

Tribune News Network
Doha
When the National Museum of Qatar opens on March 28, under the patronage of the Amir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, the public will get its first immersion into the new institution’s unparalleled sequence of experiential galleries.
Each gallery along the museum’s winding, 1.5-kilometre path is a unique, encompassing environment, which tells its part of the story of Qatar through a special combination of architectural space, music, poetry, oral histories, evocative aromas, archaeological and heritage objects, commissioned artworks, monumentally scaled films, and more. Together, the 11 permanent galleries take visitors from the formation of the Qatar peninsula millions of years ago to the nation’s exciting and diverse present, giving voice to the rich heritage and culture of the people and expressing their aspirations for the future.
In preparation for the opening, the museum on Monday revealed details of the story behind the story-how its team developed this extraordinary narrative and gave the names of some of the artists and filmmakers whose commissioned works help create the sweeping experience. The list includes artists Ali Hassan, Bouthayna al Muftah, Aisha al Suwaidi, Simone Fattal, Jean-Michel Othoniel and filmmakers, Jananne al Ani and Abderrahmane Sissako, to name a few.
Chairperson of Qatar Museums Her Excellency Sheikha al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani said, “The National Museum will be a source of immense pride for Qatar, as well as an extraordinary platform for welcoming the international community and engaging in dialogue with people from around the world. As we approach the opening, we are proud to reveal the results of the extensive process of research and planning that has given depth and authenticity to the museum’s one-of-a-kind exhibitions. We are also very pleased to announce the names of many of our creative collaborators: the artists and filmmakers whom we have commissioned to help realise our vision for the museum. Each has contributed a moving, personal perspective to this multilayered experience.”
Sheikha Amna al Thani, director of the National Museum of Qatar, said, “From the very beginning, we were determined that the National Museum of Qatar would be much more than a showcase for a collection. It would be a journey and like any true journey, it would change the travellers themselves, as they engage with our exhibitions through their senses and emotions as well as their intellects. It is now time to reveal the eight-year-long process that has given form and substance to the content of this Museum, and to make public many of the artists and filmmakers who have helped us make this a museum with a heart.”

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