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“28 Millimètres: Women Are Heroes, Pasting in Monrovia streets, Liberia,” 2008

A major exhibition containing several of French artist JR’s most well-known works will be on display in Qatar starting in March.

The anonymous artist is famous for creating large-scale outdoor installations, films, photographs and videos around the world.

A self-proclaimed “urban activist,” JR has produced artworks on buildings and slums around Paris, in Israel and Palestine, in Malaysia and Brazil.


View of JR’s Giants in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic games.

According to his website, he doesn’t explain his work and aims to provoke questions and interpretation among passersby.

The show

JR – Retrospective will be held by Qatar Museums at QM Gallery in Katara.

It addition to featuring some of his most famous works, there will be a video lounge where select videos he has produced can be viewed.


“The Wrinkles of the City, Istanbul, Kadir An, Turkey,” 2015.

The exhibition runs from March 6 to May 31 and is free and open to the public.

The gallery is closed on Sundays, open 10am to 8pm Monday – Thursday and on Saturdays, and open from 3pm to 9pm on Fridays.

Other upcoming exhibitions

QM has several other exhibitions in the pipeline this spring.

Next month, it plans to host the first Picasso-Giacometti exhibition in the Middle East.

The show will feature more than 120 works by renowned 20th Century artists Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti.


Pablo Picasso’s The Bathers

The free exhibition runs from Feb. 23 to May 21, 2017 at the Doha Fire Station.

And in June, a portrait series called Skate Girls of Kabul will go up at the QM Gallery at Katara.

The photographs, by Jessica Fulford-Dobson, tell the story of Afghan girls who took up skateboarding with the help of a local charity that provides skate parks for kids in the country.

Entry is free and runs from June 15 to Sept. 16.

Who’s going? Thoughts?

All photos courtesy of Qatar Museums

One of the daughters of late boxing legend Muhammad Ali has taken a private tour this week of a Qatar exhibition dedicated to his life and career.

Jamillah Ali, the twin sister of Rasheda Ali and one of the boxer’s nine children, visited the Museum of Islamic Art on Monday, Qatar Museums said.

There, she observed the 22 artifacts that comprise the Muhammad Ali: Tribute to a Legend exhibition.


The temporary exhibition launched in July. It includes signed items from the boxer, as well as memorabilia from various points in his career.

There’s also footage of a trip to Qatar he made in 1971, when his daughter was only one year old.

For those who haven’t checked it out yet, the exhibition will remain free and open to the public until Feb. 25, 2017.

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Muhammad Ali exhibition

After that, some of the pieces in the exhibition will find a permanent home in the redeveloped Khalifa International Stadium’s 3-2-1 Olympic and Sports Museum.

Ali also met with QM Chairperson Sheikha Al Mayassa Al Thani during her trip to Qatar.


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Fuwairat mosque, post-restoration

Two nearly-century-old mosques in the country have recently been rebuilt and restored by Qatar Museums.

A QM team conducted the work in Fuwairat and Old Salata as part of efforts to conserve the country’s architectural heritage.

The Fuwairat mosque was originally built in the 1920s and was re-built in the 1960s over the ruins of the first structure.

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Fuwairat mosque, pre-restoration

According to QM’s Architectural Conservation Department, the work included removing damaged plaster and waterproof layers from the ceiling.

It also entailed treating wood to protect against termites and re-applying plaster with “traditional” materials.

Bin Obaid mosque

The team has also just finished restoring the Bin Obaid mosque in Old Salata, which was built in 1935.

Originally constructed using palm tree trunks and branches, the QM team spent 10 months replacing damaged materials with new traditional materials, “whilst also carefully preserving the authenticity and style of the original building.”

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Inside the restored Bin Obaid mosque

Over the past 10 years, QM has also restored mosques in Al Wakra, Sumaisma and Dukhan. Additionally, it is currently finishing the restoration of the Al Ruwais mosque.

In a statement, Ali Al Kubaisi, Chief Archaeology Officer at QM, said the team was “very proud” to restore these “significant and historical mosques.”

“We will continue our commitment to put local communities, young and old, in touch with their past, reminding them of their ancestors skills, wisdom, and heritage,” he said.