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Driven by Germany exhibition

Two major art exhibitions will open to the public next month to mark the Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture, Qatar Museums (QM) has announced.

The first will launch at the Al Riwaq Gallery, next to the Museum of Islamic Art.

Titled Driven by German Design, the exhibition was curated with Volkswagen. It explores how the design in Germany has changed over the past several decades, starting with the 1950s and even featuring the future.

In a statement, QM said the exhibition will touch on product and graphic design, architecture, furniture, fashion and automotive design.

Additionally, it will “highlight the influence of German design on ubiquitous objects such as iPhones, cameras and furniture.

It also traces the evolution and development of some of the most iconic cars ever to have been designed, with the Porsche 911 Turbo, Volkswagen Golf and Käfer making an appearance,” QM added.

For the purposes of the exhibition, Al Riwaq is being organized into five “Epoch Rooms” and a “Design Laboratory.”

The exhibition will be open daily from 9am to 7pm Saturday to Thursday; and from 1pm to 7pm on Fridays through Jan. 14, 2018. More information can be found here.

German Encounters

Also on Oct. 3, German Encounters – Contemporary Masterworks from the Deutsche Bank Collection will open at the Doha Fire Station.

This exhibition contains more than 100 works including photographs and paintings that offer an overview of German art from the 1960s to the present.

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German Encounters Exhibition

According to QM, the collection includes works by Joseph Beuys, neo-expressionist painters such as Georg Baselitz and Markus Lüpertz; photographers of the Düsseldorf School, including Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, and Thomas Ruff; and influential post-conceptual artists such as Isa Genzken, Rosemarie Trockel and Martin Kippenberger.

German Encounters will be open daily from 8am to 11pm, Saturday to Thursday; and from 1pm to 11pm on Fridays through Jan. 20, 2018. More information can be found here.


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The Qatar-Germany Year of Culture officially kicked off this month, and organizers have released more details about what’s in store.

More than a dozen events will be held in Doha this year, in collaboration with the Germany embassy and the Goethe Institute, among others.

The diverse program includes art and design exhibitions, a football match, poetry slams and a German film fest.


Still from the film Sophie Scholl

This is the sixth annual year of culture in Qatar, following in the footsteps of other tie-ups with Japan, the UK, Brazil, Turkey and most recently, China.

Here’s what to expect from Qatar-Germany 2017.

Free film screenings

When: Feb. 2-10

Where: The Museum of Islamic Art

What: The Doha Film Institute (DFI) will screen what it called a “compelling showcase” of German films by master filmmakers over the next week.


Still from Wings of Desire

These include Run Lola Run (1998) by Tom Tykwer, Wings of Desire (1987) by Wim Wenders, Sophie Scholl (2005) by Marc Rothemund, The Murderers Are Among Us (1946) by Wolfgang Staudte, and My Friend Raffi (2015) by Arend Agthe.

All screenings are free and tickets can be reserved online, or in person at the DFI Box Office located at the Museum of Islamic Art.

For dates and times, check the DFI website.

Play football

When: Feb. 14

Where: Al Sadd Sports Club

Goethe Institut

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What:  On National Sport Day, the German Industry and Commerce Office Qatar (AHK) is inviting German and local companies to compete in a football tournament for the fourth consecutive year.

More details will be available soon on the AHK website.

Poetry slam

When: March 18-23

Where: The Student Center, Education City

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What: The Qatar National Library and the Goethe-Institut are bringing two German poetry slammers and workshop instructors to Doha.

In a three-day workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to work on their ideas together with instructors Julian Heun and Dominique Macri and prepare for a public poetry slam performance.

If you are interested in taking part, you should send an e-mail with information about yourself as well as a short covering letter before Feb. 15 to [email protected]

Choral concert

When: April 8

Where: Venue to be announced

Doha Youth Choir

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What: The well-known Magdeburger Knabenchor (the Magdeburg Boys’ Choir) will perform in Doha, alongside the Doha Youth and Junior Choirs.

The program and venue have yet to be announced, but ticket prices start from QR50. For tickets and information, contact [email protected]

The Magdeburger Knabenchor will also take part in workshops in some of Doha’s schools.

German chamber music

When: April 13, 6pm

Where: Museum of Islamic Art Atrium

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What: Musicians from the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra will play a  program of Qatari and German chamber music. The program includes pieces by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, A. Matar and Nasser Nasseb.

No tickets or reservations are required. More details can be found here.

Art and design

When: This fall, dates to be confirmed

Where: Qatar Museums’ Al Riwaq and Fire Station galleries.

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The Vitra Design Museum, Germany

What: Two special exhibitions are being hosted by Qatar Museums as part of the Year of Culture.

The first, an exhibition in collaboration with the Vitra Design Museum, will showcase German design from 1950 to the present day. Objects on show will include Porsche automobile icons, as well as classic furniture and objects.

The second exhibition will feature masterpieces from the Deutsche Bank collection of German art from the 1960s up to the present day.

Works on show will be by Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke, as well as contemporary artists Neo Rauch, Katharina Grosse and Annette Kelm.

‘Mutual exchange’

According to Qatar Museums, which play a key role in organizing the years’ events, the years of culture program is designed to “deepen understanding between nations and their people” through “mutual exchanges of arts, culture, heritage and sport.”


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You can follow the Qatar-Germany Year of Culture on Facebook and Instagram.

Are you looking forward to the events? Thoughts?

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Germany will headline as Qatar’s next Year of Culture partner in 2017, Qatar Museums (QM) has announced.

As part of the tie-up, more than a dozen events will be held in Doha next year, in collaboration with the Germany embassy and the Goethe Institute, among others.

The lineup will include a friendly football match as well as art and photography exhibitions, Mohammed Al Othman, QM’s director of public and international relations, told Doha News.

Qatar-Germany’s Year of Culture follows other tie-ups with Japan, the UK, Brazil, Turkey and most recently, China.

Chinese festival

As this year’s partnership with China wraps up, QM said it is planning a Chinese festival at the MIA Park next month.

The four-day event will run from Nov. 2-5 and feature musicians and performers from the eastern province of Zhejiang.

There will also be a Chinese market, tea house, photography exhibition space, food stalls and a special children’s area.

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Additionally, a photography exhibition will open in Katara Cultural Village next month.

It will showcase the work of four Chinese and two Qatari photographers who traveled to each other’s country to document the culture through their own lenses, QM said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Treasures of China exhibition that opened last month at the MIA will continue until January 2017.

The display includes 116 pieces that span 5,000 years of Chinese history, including a collection of soldiers from the first emperor’s Terracotta Army.

Other plans

More imminently, QM is planning to open a major retrospective art exhibition showcasing more than 500 pieces from the work of a renowned Iraqi artist.

Dia Al-Azzawi’s I am the cry, who will give voice to me? exhibition will simultaneously take place across two venues – the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf) and Al Riwaq in the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park.

Artwork by Dia Al-Azzawi which will feature in the retrospective exhibition

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Artwork by Dia Al-Azzawi which will feature in the retrospective exhibition

It will run for six months from Oct. 16 until April. 16.

The exhibition will feature more than 546 works spanning 50 years. It charts the career of Al-Azzawi, who also made the Carousel interactive installation currently up at MIA Park.

I am the cry has been curated by Catherine David, from the Center Pompidou in Paris, and will be one of the the largest solo exhibitions by an Arab artist.