Monday, February 25, 2013

Islamic Art Museum - Qatar


I have just returned from taking students to a Model United Nations Conference in Doha, Qatar - my first visit to this region of the world. We had a very busy schedule at the conference organised by Georgetown University, but did manage to squeeze in a visit to this stunning art gallery - the Islamic Art Museum designed by architect I.M.Pei.....Feast your eyes on the beauty of the architecture and the exhibits....




The Museum exhibits a vast array of ceramics, calligraphy, textiles, carpets, miniatures from throughout the Islamic world - notably Turkey and Iran, and each piece is carefully chosen and artfully displayed over four floors including temporary exhibitions. I always hone in on the ceramics and there are gorgeous examples -especially Iznik tiles from Turkey, but, this time I fell for the charming naive scenes depicted on tiles from Iran, the like of which  I had not seen before...


Qatar is currently a boom-town construction site forested by cranes as more futuristic skyscrapers are added to the skyline boosted by its natural gas and oil resources, and it is rapidly developing in all arenas - business,  health, commerce, shopping, education, and of course sport as it heads towards hosting the World Cup in 2022.....but I really enjoyed this oasis of cultural calm at the end of the Corniche - Enjoy!!

8 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What an awesome museum, Catherine!! I can just imagine how much you enjoyed it! I know I would have! Your captures are terrific as always!! Thanks for sharing!! Hope you have a great week!

louciao said...

Such fascinating and unusual places you do take us to, Catherine.

Malyss said...

I like the contrast between the zen architecture lines and the richness of the art and mosaics!

About your question: If you live in Nice now, you have heard about the" coulée verte"? The statue is in the middle of it, where there was before the garden MAssena. Surrounded by workers and fences, it's hard to see it those days.

A Cuban In London said...

I'm feasting my eyes on both the exhibits and your photos. What a visual treat! Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Fly Girl said...

Qauatar! How exciting to explore another region artistically. Those tiles and mosaics are exquisite.

Wendy said...

I love Islamic art and architecture. Enjoyed getting a glimpse of this museum.

Catherine said...

thanks for all the comments - much appreciated

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