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Original part of Berlin Wall unveiled at QNCC

Original part of Berlin
Wall unveiled at QNCC

Ailyn Agonia
AN original part of the Berlin Wall, which was gifted to Qatar in 2017 during the Qatar-Germany Year of Culture, was unveiled at the Qatar National Convention Centre on Wednesday.
The two panels were installed near the Exhibition Hall 9 of the QNCC by Qatar Museums (QM) through an ongoing cultural collaboration with Qatar Foundation (QF) in commemoration of the second anniversary of the blockade of Qatar.
The unveiling ceremony was attended by Ambassador of Germany to Qatar HE Hans-Udo Muzel, QM Acting Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Musa al Namla, Executive Director of Strategy, Administration and Projects at Community Development President Office (QF) Hisham E. Nourin and QM Head of Public Art Abdulrahman al Ishaq.
“This remarkable object is both an authentic piece of history and a work of art, to showcase the strong relationship between the two nations and the ongoing success of the cultural exchange programme of Qatar Museums. In recognition of the power of art to unite people, today we unveil this second segment of the wall to be added up to our Public Art Program which brings works of art outside the walls of museums and art galleries so that QM can encourage dialogue and creativity among everyone,” QM’s Namla remarked on the occasion.
The Berlin Wall was constructed in 1961 to separate West Berlin and East Berlin during the Cold War ultimately creating two separate sides – the democratic West and the communist East.
The panels measure over two metres wide, more than 3.5 metres high and just over one metre thick each. The concrete is reinforced with steel bars and covered in spray painted graffiti that conveys messages of hope, freedom and change.
“This segment of the Berlin Wall is a perfect complement to the 150 works that comprise Qatar Foundation’s unique collection of art and those that have kindly been loaned to us by Qatar Museums. All of these are on public view within Education City, reflecting the central role that art holds in our community development efforts”, QF’s Nourin said.