Qatar installs 40 extra sculptures in time for the Fifa World Cup

Qatar’s soccer crew in all probability gained’t make a giant impression at November’s Fifa World Cup—ranked forty ninth on this planet they solely certified as hosts. Nevertheless, the small Gulf state will likely be fielding a starry crew of prime worldwide expertise in one other competitors—the race to showcase the nation’s cultural credentials to the world.

A brand new group of over 40 public sculptures has been introduced, including to the handfuls already current. They are going to be put in over the approaching weeks, largely in places across the capital Doha—from the airport to the soccer stadia.

Among the many creative galácticos is Jeff Koons, who has created a 21m-high, mirror-polished sculpture of a dugong, the manatee-like creature that swims in Qatar’s waters. One other large animal comes from Katharina Fritsch, with considered one of her trademark blue chickens. A group of short-term sculptures and installations by Yayoi Kusama will likely be on view within the grounds of the Museum of Islamic Artwork, whereas Olafur Eliasson is making a site-specific work within the desert.

Katharina Fritsch’s Hahn (2013), put in outdoors the Sheraton Lodge, Doha, Qatar Photograph: Iwan Baan; Courtesy of Qatar Museums

Homegrown expertise occurring present contains Qatari artist Shua’a Ali, who explores the connection between the previous and current of Doha utilizing stacked, agglomorative sculptural varieties. Fellow Qatari Shouq Al Mana’s Egal (2022) will put in alongside the Lusail Marina Promenade.

Different newly introduced works embody items by Qatari and regional artists together with Adel Abidin, Ahmed Al Bahrani, Salman Al-Malek, Monira al Qadiri, Simone Fattal and Faraj Daham. There may even be work by Ernesto Neto, KAWS, Ugo Rondinone, Rashid Johnson, Fischli & Weiss, Faye Toogood, Lawrence Weiner and Franz West.

Shouq Al Mana’s Egal (2022) on Lusail Marina, Doha, Qatar Photograph: Iwan Baan; Courtesy of Qatar Museums

The programme of public artwork is run by Qatar Museums, who personal all the works. Qatar Museums is led by Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the sister of the ruling emir and one of many world’s most prolific and influential artwork collectors, with an annual acquisitions funds that has been estimated at round $1bn.

The newly introduced works be part of a roster of public artwork that features works by Louise Bourgeois, Tom Claassen, Isa Genzhen, Richard Serra and Damien Hirst. Qatar Museums has additionally introduced a busy schedule of exhibitions and a rehaul of the Museum of Islamic artwork, to coincide with the soccer event.


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