Highlights from the Museum’s French collection.
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On the arts in Paris at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries at the National Museum of Qatar.
Another great discovery during European Heritage Days is Éléphant Paname’s exhibition of the 2018-2019 Diplomas of the Métiers d’Art branch of the Boulle School on September 19 and 20, 2020. This exhibition takes place as part of the European Heritage Days which celebrates this year “Heritage and Education: Learning for Life.”
We invite you to discover these poetic, technical, and innovative works that encourage us to rethink our relationship to the object and its utility.
Don’t miss the chance to walk through the imaginative world of Futura at Palais de Tokyo!
For the European Heritage Days, Palais de Tokyo is welcoming guests for a cultural tour to discover the Lasco Project on the 18th, 19th and 20th of October! Explore the astonishing urban route through the underground meanders of the building, with the brand new presence of Futura’s work on the window of the Palais de Tokyo!
Taste the mouthwatering tahini Rah’sh, a type of popular dessert that is widely spread and well-known in the Arab countries, especially Qatar, and is mainly composed of tahini, sugar and halawa, nuts and fruits. Most types of Rah’sh are relatively dense confections sweetened with sugar or honey. Their textures, however, vary. For example, semolina-based Rah’sh is gelatinous and translucent, while sesame-based Rah’sh is drier and more crumbly.
Another great adventure during the European Heritage Days will take place at the National Ceramics Museum just outside of Paris on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September! The museum houses a world-renowned collection of nearly 50,000 works, gathering together masterpieces from all periods and all corners of the world, as well as contemporary creations and works produced on-site.You will get a chance to discover the wide range of Sèvres’ pieces, handed down since the 18th century.
Once a thriving port bustling with fishermen and merchants, the town of Al Zubarah was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2013. The site has the iconic Al Zubarah Fort, a museum and a 60 hectare large archaeological site on the northwest coast of Qatar. The area flourished as a pearling and trading centre in the late 18th century and early 19th centuries, and had trading links across the Indian Ocean, Arabia and Western Asia.
For a great weekend filled with cultural adventures, the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris has a special program of visits and activities around Arab culture for the weekend of September 19 to 20! 🎨Discover the great exhibitions and free access to the institute, which aims to take you on a distinctive journey to the museum’s many singular universes, fully expressing and introducing the plurality of the Arab world.
The European Heritage Days 2020 are finally approaching! Discover the secrets of important monuments and historical places in France as they open their doors for the public on September 19 and 20. ✨One of those amusing monuments is the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Paris! An elegant representation of art and heritage, the Embassy is located opposite the Arc de Triomphe on the famous Champs-Elysées Avenue. 🏛️
This morning, the #US and #Qatar signed a letter of intent making the US the next participant in Qatar’s #YearOfCulture. Throughout 2021, the people of the US and Qatar will embark on a shared cultural exchange which will explore the interplay of science, sports, and art. Together we will learn about each other’s culture and build mutual understanding and appreciation.
From imagining the fascinating fountains at the Champs Élysées to designing unprecedented furniture, the French duo has influenced many with their ideas and designs. Their inspiring and creative designs have been featured in publications and museums globally. 🛋️
Ibrahim Jaidah ranks as a pioneer of a new architectural movement that combines the far-reaching influences of Islamic art with modern style to create memorable landmark structures that are shaping the developing State of Qatar. 🏢Offering unique insight into the buildings and places of the country, Qatari Style opens a window onto exciting and outstanding examples of interior architectures shaped by the spiritual aesthetics of centuries of travel and trade.
When Mon Billot and Poilâne met, they decided to create the perfect board to cut bread! Their collaboration, exhibited in Paris Design Week, presented a uniquely crafted cutting board in an octagonal shape which was adapted to the historical loaves of the house of Poilâne!It is the first cutting board created by Mon Billot for bread, as the company only produces butcher’s blocks. The collaboration is an assembly of end-grain solid wood from French forests.
Craving a crispy and sweet treat? Try Zalabia, a traditional Qatari sweet filled with crispiness! Deliciously made, Zalabia is a light fritter dipped in a sugar syrup. It takes the shape of a flat circle obtained by rolling a long thin spiral of dough on itself before plunging it into syrup. 🥨It is usually made with ingredients like corn starch, flour, yeast, salt, and baking powder.
The Ambassador of Qatar to France His Excellency Sheikh Ali Bin Jassim Al-Thani met with Mr. Philippe Augier, Mayor of Deauville, Normandy.
During the visit, various ways of cooperation between Qatar and Deauville were discussed, particularly in the fields of art and culture, thus celebrating the close ties between Qatar and France during the 2020 Year of Culture.
Le Stüdio Emmaüs explores how waste is transformed into unique, aesthetic, and eco-responsible objects in its latest exhibition until the 12th of September. The exhibition is crafted for Paris Design Week and showcases designs that are 100% reused. ♻️It focuses on sustainable design that can be used on a daily basis by giving a new life to neglected objects, which are transformed into products and new developments.
Walking up the Champs-Elysées, you must have seen the bronze and crystal fountains! Imagined by the Bouroullec brothers, these fountains are a design collaboration with Swarovski and are embellished with over 3,000 crystals! 💠The fountains gush water downward from the delicate Swarovski crystal branches atop tall, slender towers that rotate so slowly that it is almost imperceptible!
This year, Paris Design Week is taking over the Eiffel Tower!The monument hosts an exceptional exhibition in collaboration with Atelier de Recherche et de Création du Mobilier National. Through this exhibition, these two symbols of modernity and avant-garde have decided to honor the works of great names in design since 1964. ✏️
👀 Discover Yto Barrada’s exhibition at Mathaf
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nougat is a solo exhibition by Yto Barrada at the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art which brings together photographs, films, videos, sculptures, prints, and fabric works. The exhibition focuses on threads of regeneration and growth in social and geological transformation. 🎥
To capture the world’s artistic responses to COVID-19, Qatar Foundation and Qatar Museums are organizing a digital art contest and online exhibition in the framework of the Paris Peace Forum. It’s titled ‘The Untold Stories of Resilience’ and will highlight human resilience in times of crisis. The contest encourages artists from around the world to express stories from their life about resilience against the COVID-19 crisis.
Follow our visit through Paris Design Week and explore the marvels of Maison Dada’s exhibition ‘BOTANICA’! Presenting iconic pieces by renowned designers, the exhibition illustrates imaginary gardens in a vegetal, mineral, and fairy-tale atmospheres! 🧚Maison Dada, a design publishing house, was founded in Shanghai by Thomas Dariel and Delphine Moreau in 2016. It develops furniture, lighting, carpets, and accessories with the desire to create the unexpected in ordinary objects. ✨
A dynamic team of two brothers, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, has created groundbreaking experiences in design and furniture! 🛋️Their career began in 1997 when they were spotted by Giulio Cappellini, director of the design firm Cappellini, at the Paris furniture fair, who entrusted them with their first industrial design project. Since then, their high standards and talent have been widely noticed and they became essential to the design world!
Let the designs begin! If you have a passion for design or if you just like to see beautifully created designs, join us this week for a tour through the creative work of Paris Design Week! Get ready to see designers who have shared their art of living, looking and designing.
Émile Zola was a French novelist, playwright, journalist, the best-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism, and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism.
During his early years, Zola wrote numerous short stories and essays, four plays, and three novels. Among his early books was Contes à Ninon, published in 1864. 📚
Looking for a mouth watering dessert to have this weekend?
Husu is a great option! It is a popular Qatari sweet soup composed of garden cress seeds mixed with sugar, flour, spices and eggs. This soup is often served to pregnant women or women who have newborn babies because it is full of nutrients and energy!
The saying goes, anything is good if it’s made of chocolate! L’Espérantine de Marseille is a chocolate company that makes gourmet artisanal chocolates with olive oil. Have you ever wondered what that tastes like? It has a heavenly taste, with an olive oil aftertaste! 🍫Shaped after olive leaves or olives, these exclusive chocolates are made of a subtle blend of high-quality cocoa, orange peel, almonds, and mint and are mixed with organic olive oil. 🍊
Some of the great creatives who shared their stories and ideas with us this year were VCUarts Qatar graduates! 📖VCUarts Qatar is the Qatar campus of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. This university was established in 1998 through a partnership with Qatar Foundation.
The campuses, centers, and buildings of the Sorbonne University constitute an architectural heritage and are rich with remarkable history! From the Henri-Paul Nénot building, where the large library is located, to the Pierre and Marie Curie campus, the architectural history of the Sorbonne University dates back to the 13th century. 📐
If you walk through rue Saint Guillaume in the 6th district of Paris, you cannot miss the vast entrance to the main building of Sciences Po! The Paris campus is the birthplace of Sciences Po and the site where the institution was founded in 1872. 🏫The large doors and street façade of the building were rebuilt in the classical style of architect Henri Martin.
In Doha lies an intricate tower shaped like a tornado! A 200-meter high skyscraper that has a floor area of 80,000 m², the Tornado Tower, also known as the QIPCO Tower, is hyperbolic in shape, intended to represent a whirlpool. Designed by CICO Consulting Architects, the tower is a green building pioneer as it was built with the innovative use of materials, energy reduction, reduced emission, and reduced water consumption. 💧
Yto Barrada is a Moroccan-French artist whose work engages with self-education, architecture, paleontology, botany, and modernist histories, in order to explore forms of knowledge production. 🎨Yto Barrada articulates the critical desire for equality, self-expression, and empowerment in her most current exhibition at MATHAF by the title: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nougat. 🍬
What comes to mind when hearing Arabic music? 🎼Whether you are an avid music fan or curious about the roots of Arabic music, join the exceptional richness of the Amar Foundation music collections in Paris, the exhibition “L’Orient sonore” takes you on a musical trip to see and hear the history of the rich Arab musical traditions and their preservation. 🎶
What do designer Carlo Bugatti, designer Hubert de Givenchy, architect Julia Morgan, and painter Alfred Sisley have in common? They were all trained at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris! 🎨 The school is not only famous for its unique curriculum based on the study of classical forms and antiquities, but the building itself is eye grasping and can be seen from the Louvre across the river!
Jules Verne was a French novelist, poet, and playwright. He created a series of bestselling adventure novels including Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1872). 📚Verne has been the second most-translated author in the world since 1979, ranking between Agatha Christie and William Shakespeare, and has sometimes been called the “Father of Science Fiction”. 🤖
Moza Al Malki is a well-known Qatari Author, psychologist, assistant professor at Qatar University, and vociferous champion of women’s participation and empowerment in all fields of life. Her work focused on Arab women and issues concerning children, well as the psychoanalysis of society. 🖊️In 2005, Al Malki was among 1000 women nominated as a group for the Nobel Peace Prize by Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold, a Swiss parliament member.
Tickle your taste buds by trying this flavorful Breton culinary specialty called Kouign-amann! 👀A buttery cake that contains layers of butter and sugar folded in, this cake makes for a great dessert! Its name is derived from the Breton words cake (kouign) and amann (butter). It is said to have been invented by chance around 1860 by a Douarnenez baker: Yves-René Scordia. 🍽️
Have you tried a new water sport this summer? 🌊Experience the marvels of the sea by taking part in Qatar’s water sports! From kayaking to kite surfing, it is all about passion, adrenaline, and fun! Join an adventure kayaking through Qatar’s beautiful natural jewels nestled in the Mangroves in the north of Qatar in the Purple Island.
Designed by the architectural agency Jakob+MacFarlane, the new buildings of the Fonds régional d’art contemporain de la région Centre (Frac) were built for a mind-blowing architectural experience. 📐This daring tubular structure imagined by the two architects directly reflects the collections of the Frac. The Centre focuses on a large collection of art and experimental architecture.
Walking through the National Museum of Qatar’s gift shop, In-Q, gives you a visually pleasing experience with its remarkable architecture and interior design! Did you know that the timber walls of the museum’s shop were inspired by Dahl Al Misfir, a giant sinkhole, and cave, located in the heart of Qatar? It is a beautiful underground sanctuary formed largely from gypsum crystals that give off a faint, moon-like glow.
Nothing like a delicious dessert to finish off your meal! 🍽️Aseeda is one of the traditional Arabic sweets, which is especially famous in Qatar. It is light and creamy, addicting, and a must-try! 🍮It comes in the form of a porridge-like dish of flour mixed with water and sweetener, usually sugar, molasses, or honey.
🌟 Discover Mashael Al Hejazi’s art!
We are excited to introduce you to Mashael Al Hejazi, a rising photographer who is part of The Fire Station Artist in Residence program. 🎨Working with alternative processes in developing film and printing photography, her young and vibrant photography spirit is inspiring to many. ✨
Have you ever listened to the exceptional notes of a bagpipe?The melodious rhythms of a bagpipe are very famous in Celtic music, which is famous in Brittany. Whether it’s a festival or small dance gathering, celtic music covers a wide range of music genres! 🎶
The “first name bowl” is a flagship item of Breton tradition, where 400,000 are produced each year!Constantly creating creative but traditional bowls, “La Faïencerie” in Pornic produces a wide range of earthenware and is renowned for its Breton style with a strong identity, inherited from a tradition that dates back to the 18th century.
With her 1978 anthology “I and the Forest are Exotic and Haunted”, Kaltham Jaber became the first Qatari woman to author a collection of short stories. Her other works include The Face of An Arab Woman (1993) and The Life Cycle in the Qatari Society Tradition (2015). Jaber served as a member of the first board of directors of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage in 1998.
Faraj Daham is a renowned Qatari artist. His contemporary work is inspired by the transformation of the world around him and he responds to the rapid changes experienced in Qatari society. His work has been displayed at Katara, Mathaf, QM Gallery Al Riwaq, and Al Markhiya Gallery, among others.
He presented his work at Palais de Tokyo for the exhibition “Our World is Burning” this year with the title “Street Language 2012”.
Have you ever seen a black diamond truffle? A delicacy and a rare find, this black truffle is known among foodies to have a bewitching scent and exquisite taste!
As a flagship of French gastronomy, this mushroom is mainly found in the South of France and is the only luxury product sold without alterations!
The Ambassador of Qatar to France His Excellency Sheikh Ali Bin Jassim Al-Thani visited the National Sports Museum in Nice. Welcomed by Marie Grasse, Director and Chief Curator of this sports heritage temple, the Ambassador set off to discover this exceptional place with its impressive collection of original objects, which bear witness to the most extraordinary human achievements!
Members of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) were among the artists who fought against the coronavirus blues by sharing their talent and music! Members of the QPO organized concerts from their balconies and performed pieces from their homes, making French composer George Bizet’s Carmen echo through the coastal city. 🔊
If you passed by the exhibition “Our World is Burning” at Palais de Tokyo earlier this year, you must have seen the mind captivating film “The Power of Two or Three Sun” by Yto Barrada! 🔅
As a Franco-Moroccan artist, Yto Barrada’s practice derives its source from a reflection that attempts to destabilize a western interpretation of art and to examine the local issues of globalization.
Enter the world of fabulously designed mansions in the Aix-en-Provence! In the 17th and 18th centuries, the people of Aix-en-Provence competed to build extravagant mansions, with up to 150 of them still existent to this day! Some of the mansions resisted the industrial revolution of the 19th century and still cultivate, in their way, the quintessence of a society enamored with art and luxury. 🏘️
Are you in the mood for a bite-size dessert with your tea? Try the Qatari Luqaimat! 👀Luqaimat, which means bite-size in Arabic, is a Qatari favorite and is found in Qatari homes at tea time, during Ramadan, and while entertaining guests! This multifunction dessert looks like ball-shaped dumplings and has a syrupy taste that tickles your taste buds and creates a burst of heavenly sweetness in your mouth!
Are you ready for a diving adventure? Have you heard of the Cosquer Cave in the South of France?A massive cave located in the Calanques near Marseille is accessible through a 175 meters long tunnel with an entrance as deep as 37 meters underwater! 🌊
Wishing all the best to PSG in the semi-finals!
Did you know that there are more than twenty different kinds of lavender, each with its specificity?! 👀Lavender is part of the mint family and has a blue-purple flower with a fresh smell. Since Roman times, lavender has been used for its medicinal and therapeutic properties ranging from being used as a disinfectant to treating colds and aches.
As nights are clearer in the summer, it is a great opportunity to go out and look at the stars! An activity practiced both in Qatar and France, viewing planets and stars at observatories is a great way to discover the huge universe out there!
This year marks La Tarte Tropézienne’s 65th birthday! This creamy brioche covered with large grains of sugar contains two generous creams: one pastry cream and the other buttercream.This cream-filled brioche is famous in the southern region of France, making it a great summer dessert for those who migrate south! ⛱️
Bertrand Lavier uses exceptional techniques to portray his art pieces. In Steinway & Sons, 1987, he explores a form of hybridization between painting and sculpture. Lavier covers the object with paint identical to the color of the surface, where the piano presents itself exactly like the original instrument, and the only difference consists in the thickness of the layer of paint. 🎹
Need a mid-way dessert to break your Journey through the galleries at the National Museum of Qatar? Stop by the Desert Rose Café and indulge in their creative desserts! The Pumpin Aseeda and Elba Saffron are café favorites.
The desert rose is a mineral formation that pops out as a crystallized jewel from an otherwise vast and endless desert in Qatar. This is why the rock is an integral part of popular culture in Qatar and it is for that reason that the French architect Jean Nouvel designed the country’s national museum after the shape of this exquisite rock. 💎
Making mobility more accessible to as many people as possible is Sam Fait Rouler’s goal! He is the first participant of the “Handi Road Trip”, which is a project that aims to change the way people look at disability and find new innovative ways to travel for disabled people. 🚘
Since the late 1960s, Bertrand Lavier has reflected upon the relationship between painting and sculpture, representation and abstraction, life, and art. He developed a series of demonstrations or methods and strategies that enable him to question our intellectual curiosity and to disrupt our most entrenched visual habits. 👀
His Excellency Sheikh Ali Bin Jassim Al-Thani, the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the French Republic, met with Mr. Jérôme Viaud, the Mayor of the city of Grasse to discuss ways of strengthening the cooperation between Doha and the city of Grasse. In addition, they discussed potential areas of collaboration in the perfume industry on the occasion of this cultural exchange year Qatar France 2020.
Did you know about the hidden gem in the South of France, Aix-en-Provence? Enter the majestic world of impressionist artists and the beautiful scenery they grasped of this charming city! ☀️
The book “A Falcon’s Eye” has been published to accompany the exhibition with the same name at the Museum of Islamic Art in 2020. The book celebrates the late Sheikh Saoud Al Thani, a passionate conservationist, and collector who made an invaluable contribution to building Qatar Museums’ collections. 📚
Georges Auguste Escoffier was a famous French chef, restaurateur, and culinary writer who popularized and updated traditional French cooking methods. In particular, he codified the recipes for the five mother sauces: Hollandaise, Béchamel, Velouté, Tomato, and Espagnole sauces. 🍽️
Colorful, pillowy, and delicately flavored, macarons are perhaps one of the most famous and treasured French desserts! This meringue-based sweet comes in many tastes and colors, from classic pistachio to lavender and honey. 🍯But if you are looking for the haute couture of macarons, Pierre Hermé is your best bet!
Space exploration has long been important for humans, with the first space flight launching in 1949. With time, more and more human outer space flights were launched exploring planets and stars never discovered before! ✨
Thank you for sharing your talents with us through the Open Call! Your submissions have opened a digital window for those who cannot travel to see the beauty of Qatar and France. 📸
Join us on a final virtual journey to discover more of Qatar and France through the unique lenses of the photographic talents we received for our Open Call. 📸
Discover Ghada Al Khater’s art! 🖌
Discover the inspiring art by Ghada Al Khater! She is a multidisciplinary artist who captures the modernity and dynamism of Qatar through installations by mixing light, words, and images. 🎨
The padel is a great sport for the summer!Played in both France and Qatar, it is a racket sport halfway between tennis and squash, borrowing the net, ball, and point system from tennis, and the sidewalls that surround the court from squash! 🎾
This week’s featured dessert is Balaleet! A traditional Qatari dish consisting of vermicelli sweetened with sugar, cardamom, rose water and saffron and served with an overlying egg omelet. 🍽
The COVID-19 crisis may prevent us from traveling, but through libraries and museums, we can still travel the world! 🗺️The Qatar National Library’s Heritage collection has over 20 historical globes that date back to the 18th century!
This week we recommend the work of René Barjavel, a French author, journalist and critic who is best known for his science fiction books. While his novels circle around science fiction, René often emphasizes the theme of everlasting love, perfectly blending romance with science to create novels that can be enjoyed by everyone! 📚
Did you know that chocolate was first introduced to France in 1615? Ever since it has been a French delicacy! 🍫
Angelina Paris masters the art of chocolatery and taste! It embodies the image of an ideal tea room, where you can stop, sit back, take a break, and embark your palate on a gourmet journey from the iconic hot chocolate to the must-have Mont-Blanc!
What makes Ludovic Pouilly’s photos very special is that he mixes between the black and white aesthetic and vibrant colors! 📸
Did you know about the culinary secret hidden in Paris’s Gare de Lyon? Embark on a historical and gastronomical journey in the iconic restaurant “Le Train Bleu”!
Daqoos is a famous Qatari sauce often served alongside meat and rice. Daqoos is a garlic-flavored tomato sauce made of tomatoes, garlic, and spicy pepper. The main ingredients are often mixed together with spices and salt for a great finish. 🌶
Horse racing and horseback riding have long been French traditions. The picturesque town of Chantilly, about 40 kms north of Paris, is often referred to as the “Capital of the Horse”. The Domaine de Chantilly is composed of the beautiful Chateau, an immense parkland, exquisite gardens and the Great Stables. 🐎
Do you plan to spend more time indoors this summer? Are you looking for a distraction? Well, nothing beats reading a good book! Did you know that the Qatar National Library reopened its doors to the public this July?
In the Arabian peninsula, horses have always had an essential place in society. They embody culture, wealth, mobility, and are symbols of grace and power. Qatar is a hotspot for horse breeding and racing. 🐎
Pierre Hermé is a French pastry chef, and was voted Best Patisserie Chef in the World by the Panel of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2016 and nominated the 4th most influential French personality in the world in the same year by Vanity Fair magazine. Pierre Hermé creates his own tastes and flavour combinations, just like an artist. 🍴👨🍳
Shu’a’ Khalifa is a Qatari novelist. With her sister, Dalal Khalifa, she was one of the first two novelists to publish work in Qatar. Her first novel, Passage to Truth, was written in 1987, and was followed by The Old Dreams of the Sea, written in 1990; both were published in 1993. Her novels question modern life and the modernization of Qatar, mixed with nostalgia. 📚
It all started in 1893 when cousins Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn had an idea for a luxury bazaar and decided to establish a small novelty store in the corner of Rue La Fayette and Rue de la Chaussée d’Antin.⠀In 1896, the small store became a gigantic department store when the cousins bought the entire building on 1 Rue La Fayette!
This collection is the Roseraie Collection, originally designed and created by the Clignancourt Manufactory and lately replicated by Bernardaud in their Historic Collection.⠀Bernardaud’s great industrial and artistic adventure began in 1863 in Limoges, a city in France possessing kaolin, fresh water and forests, which are all needed to make porcelain!
Thinking of making an easy dessert after dinner? Try the delicious traditional Qatari dessert called Khabees! 🍴Khabees is one of the oldest traditional foods in Qatar. Composed of toasted flour, honey or sugar, and spices, this is a classic dessert favourite. This dessert is deliciously made and has a distinct taste due to the mix of spices such as cardamom and saffron with rose water, nuts, dates, and ghee!
Grégory Cuilleron is originally from Lyon and is a passionate and committed cook! 👨🍳Grégory has had a disability from birth, but it has never prevented him from doing anything.To him, it is not the disability that is important, but rather not being prevented from doing the things that he is most passionate about.
Mathew’s boat photos take you on a nostalgic journey around the peninsula’s coast! “The emphasis is on Qatar being a country that comfortably embraces its historic roots and the modern-day world. It’s a rare display to hold both in balance and to not lose focus.” – Mathew JohnTo see more of Mathew’s photographs, visit his account: @mathewjohnva
If you pass by Opéra Bastille this July you will find 500 portraits in black and white smiling at you!
These portraits are the signature of the contemporary artist JR. His photographic collage technique fills the Opéra Bastille in central Paris as a tribute to hospital staff and workers who dedicated their time during COVID-19. JR and his team were able to photograph portraits captured in more than ten establishments across France (Paris, Nantes, Saint-Denis, Colmar and Bobigny).
Years of Culture – #avec_khalid
Jean Nouvel and Jean-Michel Othoniel are both French creators that have worked on masterpieces in Qatar!
In this episode, Khalid will tell you more about who they are and their work in the Arabian Peninsula.
Sophie Rostopchine, Countess of Ségur (1799-1874), was a French author in the 19th century. She is best known for her novel “Les Malheurs de Sophie” (Sophie’s misfortunes), which is a book intended for children.She is an author of twenty well known novels in French passed down through generations. The themes of her novels often circle around the good triumphing over the evil!
🍰 Madeleines are delicate and soft mini sponge cakes made with eggs, flour, sugar and butter. They always have a distinctive shell shape with tapered edges, smooth on one side and bumpy on the other.
Some people say that the madeleine was first baked by a pastry chef, Jean Avice, in the 19th century, although most people think that the madeleine is much older in origin.
In his photos, Philippe Oudard captures marvelous landscapes in Qatar! 📸
“Thirteen years after the beginning of my photographic observatory’s creation, the patrimonial dimension of the ‘modern’ urban is always at the heart of my project. By ‘patrimonial’ I mean a cultural, historical, social and symbolic construction. My archive shows the relationships between memory and society projects.” – Philippe Oudard
The iconic National Museum of Qatar is a uniquely designed museum by the award-winning French architect Jean Nouvel. The museum’s design was inspired by the local desert rose found in Qatar.
The museum tells the story of the country’s heritage and culture through commissioned films and artworks, storytelling, artefacts and music, combining wide-ranging scholarship with the voices of the people of Qatar.
One of the most famous dishes in Qatar is ghuzi which is a rice-based dish. This extravagant dish is served with whole roasted and very slow-cooked lamb served on a generous bed of rice, with vegetables and flavourful nuts!Thinking of making this amazing dish? Check out this recipe 👉
👀 Discover the Centre Pompidou
If you ever visited the 4th district of Paris, you must have seen the Centre Pompidou!The building stands out with its “inside out” design and numerous colours. It is one of the biggest museums of modern art in Europe and has a large collection of art, including masterpieces by Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, and Pablo Picasso. 🎨
“Le Pouce” was created by the French artist César Baldaccini, who created a series of his own thumb enlarged in detail. The first thumb he created was first produced for an exhibition on the theme of hands titled “La Main, de Rodin à Picasso” in 1965, in Paris. The artist then made a series of increasingly larger versions of the thumb, scaling-up the smaller model using traditional techniques. His largest thumb yet is the one located at La Défense in Paris, which measures 12 meters and weighs 18 tons!
Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari is the Minister of Culture of Qatar, with rank of Deputy Prime Minister, and the President of Qatar National Library. He serves as an Adviser at the Amiri Diwan (Royal Palace of Qatar) and was formerly the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage of Qatar (2008-2016). He was previously the Ambassador of Qatar to France, the United States, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and the UN. 🇶🇦
Abdulaziz Al-Mahmoud is a Qatari author. He previously served as editor-in-chief of The Peninsula and its Arabic counterpart, Al Sharq. As a writer, his debut novel “Al Qursan” experienced commercial success after its release in August 2011. The novel was translated into English under the title “The Corsair” one year later and went on to become one of the best-selling books to be released by a Qatari author. 📚
The Years of Culture – Khalid
The Years of Culture is a yearly cultural exchange program launched by Qatar Museums in 2012. In this feature episode with Khalid, he explains more about the Years of Culture program, including the partners involved in the Qatar-France Year of Culture 2020, as well as the activities and events for this year. 🇶🇦🇫🇷Watch this episode to learn more about the Years of Culture!
As French coffee culture becomes more and more popular, specialty cafés are increasing! ☕️One of the must-go-to delicacy cafés is Alain Ducasse’s “The Manufacture de Café”. Located in the Bastille district of central Paris, the coffee shop has an industrial design that brings the forgotten manufacturing activity to the heart of Paris, by showcasing the large roasting machines and espresso makers!
Maha Alathba shares her majestic photos as part of the Open Call for Photography!Her photos show different monuments in Qatar, captured with beautiful skies in the background! 📸
The Years of Culture, in collaboration with Tarsheed, the National Program of Conservation and Energy Efficiency in Qatar, presents tips on how to conserve water and electricity through cartoon illustrations!The conservation of water and electricity is essential to the sustainability of culture. 🌍
Have you ever tried Karak tea? Did you know that it is a very popular drink in Qatar? ☕Karak is made up of a blend of tea, milk, water, sugar, cardamom and saffron which are boiled together and then simmered over a low flame to intensify the flavour.These are the basic ingredients, but some people also add other spices like cinnamon, cloves or saffron to add to the flavour.
Announcing the recipients of #standwithcreatives
Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani announces the four recipients of #StandWithCreatives, which is a campaign by @FashionTrustArabia.
What is the Gâteau Opéra made of? 🍰The original Gâteau Opéra combines coffee-flavored buttercream, chocolate ganache, layers of biscuit Joconde (a light almond sponge that is infused with coffee syrup) and a thin layer of chocolate ganache on top of each cake.What is the history behind it? ⏳
The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975–1985 was a 1985 environmental artwork in which artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped Paris’ oldest bridge, Pont Neuf, in sandstone-colored fabric. 🎨The artists wrapped many major monuments around the world, as well as trees!A major exhibition dedicated to Christo and Jeanne-Claude opened today at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
🧵 Delve into the inspirations behind Fatima Al Baker’s dresses
Fatima Al Baker is a young Qatari designer who creates colorful garments and beautiful designs. She was a finalist in the Fashion Trust Arabia competition and created a senior collection of dresses inspired by her upbringing. 🧵
#Avec_Khalid: Behind the Scenes 📹
For his last episode of the season, Khalid shares his experience filming and creating the episodes!👐Take a peek at what went on behind the scenes! 📹
Fatima Fahad Al Baker creates remarkable dresses! 🧵Born and raised in Qatar, Fatima mixes craftsmanship with childhood memories and her love for textures and colors in her designs. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar with a fashion design degree in 2019. 🎓
As part of “Picasso’s Studios” exhibition at Fire Station in Doha, the IN-Q Gift Shop has a featured 100% silk scarf with different prints of Picasso’s paintings. 🎨
For the occasion of the Year of Culture Qatar-France 2020, this unique exhibition at “Maison et Objet” brought together design creations by emerging talents from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar. The installations’ common theme was the notion of identity. 🎨
Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as “The Little Prince”. This book has been translated into hundreds of languages and has sold some 200 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling books in publishing history. 📖The simple tale tells the story of a child, the little prince, who travels the universe gaining wisdom.
Introducing Her Excellency Al-Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani’s first perfume, Msheireb.“Msheireb perfume has arrived in Doha. It is created with @fueguia1833 and dedicated to my mother Her Highness Sheikha @mozabintnasser, my first scent, who empowers girls and women from Muslim and Arab lands. May her fragrance embrace us forever. All proceeds from the sales of Mshereib perfume this month will go to art in hospital to thank our health workers and enriching their workspace.”
Vicken Joulfayan has an aesthetic for black and white photos! His creative photographs present different monuments in Qatar. 🇶🇦📸“We can see Qatar’s architecture in some of the pictures and in one that shows the past and future of Qatar” – Vicken JoulfayanFor more pictures by Vicken, check out his Instagram pages: @vickenj @vj_film
🎨 Laila Al-Qaedi presents By Medad, her design brand
Turning her passion for design into a creative design space, Laila Al-Qaedi talks to us about the creation of her own design trademark in Qatar, By Medad, where she incorporates cultural and traditional ideas with her contemporary designs. 🎨From designing yoga mats to beautifully crafted pottery, Laila is most notable for her simple designs and calligraphy. 🏺 ✍️
#YearsOfCultureCreatives: How does Laila Al-Qaedi, founder of By Medad, mix tradition and calligraphy in her designs?Stay tuned for her interview, available soon on our Instagram profile! 🎥
The special exhibition, Picasso’s Studios, held at the Garage Gallery in the Doha Fire Station and organized in partnership with the Musée National Picasso in Paris, will be unveiled to visitors starting July 1st. 🎨The reopening of the museum aligns with the second phase of general resumption of public activity in Qatar, which is based on milestones reached in controlling the Covid-19 pandemic. 🇶🇦
Aisha Al-SowaidiNational Museum of Qatar’s seatsAs displayed in Maison et Objet, Paris 2020 Aisha’s designs mix memory, nostalgia, and traces of time. She holds an MFA in Design Studies and a BA in Graphic Design. 🖌The seats are especially designed for the National Museum of Qatar and are meant to blend in with the space’s color and shape. 🇶🇦
Abū al-Ṭayyib Aḥmad ibn Al-Ḥusayn Al-Mutanabbī Al-Kindī (915 AD – 965 AD) was a famous Abbasid poet at the court of Sayf al-Dawla, the founder of the Emirate of Aleppo, and for whom he composed over 300 folios of poetry. 🖋As one of the greatest, most prominent and influential poets in the Arabic language, much of his work has been translated into over 20 languages worldwide. 🌍
The first football match between Qatar and France took place on the 29th of July 1984, at the Los Angeles Summer Olympic games. ⚽The game ended with a 2-2 tie, with Al-Muhannadi scoring for the Qatari team and Garande and Xuereb scoring for the French team. 🏆
Victor Hugo is not only famous for his novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame! He is one of the most famous writers in French and world history! 📚Who is he and how did he become a ground breaking writer? 🖋Khalid will tell us in this episode of #Avec_Khalid
Meghna Shirish Iyer has an eye for landscapes and architecture! As part of the Open Call for Photography, she presents pictures from both Qatar and France. 🇶🇦🇫🇷
Who are the Year of Culture Qatar-France 2020 creatives? What are their stories? What inspires them? Find out more about them in our weekly interviews on this channel! 🇶🇦 🇫🇷
The Year of Culture Qatar-France 2020 presents a wide-ranging program of exhibitions, events, and bilateral exchanges between Qatar and France. 🇶🇦🇫🇷
Noora Al-MelhimVessels for Ablution (wudu)As displayed in Maison et Objet, Paris 2020Noora Al-Melhim is an interdisciplinary designer based in Qatar. Her research involves making and prototyping using various, both analog and digital media. Her designs mix sustainability and tradition, including these vessels she designed and created for ablution. 🎨
Did you know that using an energy efficient washing machine can save 35% more water than normal washing machines? 💧Conserving water is an essential part of culture and sustainability.
There is more to the Louvre than the Mona Lisa! It is home to 35,000 works of art featuring artists like Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, and Michelangelo Merisi.How did it become such a big international art attraction? 🎨Watch this episode of #avec_khalid to know more!
Kris Anthony Romblon’s black and white photos show the exemplary architecture in both Qatar and France! 🇶🇦🇫🇷
💍 Flavie Paris walks us through the intricate art of jewellery making
Handmade jewellery is a very intricate craft! But what is it like creating handmade jewellery? 💍
As part of our Photography Open Call, Guillaume Halleux shares his photos of vibrant moments in Qatari and French spaces! 🇶🇦🇫🇷“France is beautiful by its diversity of landscape and scenaries. Qatar is amazing by its diversity of people. As an amateur photographer I love the warm light of sunrises and sunsets in Qatar.” – Guillaume HalleuxTo see more of Guillaume’s work, check out his Instagram: @ghxsin
Mohammad Jawad“Octa Lit”As displayed in Maison et Objet, Paris 2020This piece was created by Mohammad Jawad, who is an interdisciplinary designer with an MFA in Design Studies and a BFA In Graphic Design from the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in Qatar.
Alain Ducasse is a French-born Monégasque chef. He operates a number of restaurants including the IDAM restaurant in the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar. His focus on locally produced ingredients in Qatar for IDAM makes his cuisine all the more unique! 👨🍳
The carpet is embellished with pearls, diamonds, rubies and emeralds, and was commissioned by the Maharaja of Baroda, Khande Rao Gaekwad, in India in 1865. It was intended to be a gift to adorn the tomb of the Prophet in Medina. However, the maharajah died in 1870 before the donation was made and the pearl carpet remained in his family.
This episode of #avec_khalid gives us a short and fun history of Qatar and France relations! Watch this episode to learn more!
🎨 Ahmed Al-Maadheed explains his iconic portrait of HH the Emir of Qatar
If you have been to Qatar, you must have seen this iconic portrait of His Highness the Emir of Qatar on many buildings, cars, and shops.This image, also known as “TAMIM THE GLORY” was created by Ahmed Al-Maadheed, a young Qatari artist who specializes in painting figures. His work has become the symbol of strength and inspiration.
Aisha Al-SowaidiGlassAs displayed at Maison et Objet, Paris 2020Aisha Al-Sowaidi is a multidisciplinary designer based in Doha, Qatar. Her designs express the fusion of traditional elements and the developing nature of Qatar. Her piece is part of a series that question the function and the real use of a piece. It represents her research on shapes and colors that enhance local craftsmanship.
Victor Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist. His literary career spanned more than sixty years, and he wrote abundantly in an exceptional variety of genres. He is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside of France, his most famous works are the novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. 📚
Desert roses or sand rocks are found in Qatar. These beautiful rocks are unique, natural crystal formations that form from the combination of water, wind and sand, and tend to occur in arid sandy conditions. 🏜️The National Museum of Qatar is designed after a desert rose because of their abundant formations in Qatar!
Which French university was built in 1253 and is famous for the studies of literature, medicine and engineering? 🎓Watch the latest episode of #avec_khalid to find out!
🖌️ Bouthayna Al Muftah explains the creation process behind “Echoes 2”
Take a trip down memory lane with Bouthayna Al Muftah’s installation at Palais de Tokyo. 🔎Her piece at Palais de Tokyo, “Echoes 2”, is another brilliant piece where she mixes between Qatari culture, childhood memories, nature, her surroundings and technology. In this video, Bouthayna describes her process of creation, as well as the inspirations that led to the making of the piece. 🖌️
Andrea Buenafe has an eye for spotting the boldness in classical architecture and buildings. 🏛️“Qatar and France both use classical patterns and neutral colors that are always aesthetically pleasing. Once in a while, they break the motifs with something bold – like taste, color or light.” – Andrea Buenafe
Clay EncountersReema Abu HassanAs displayed in Maison et Objet, Paris 2020 Reema Abu Hassan is the founding director of the Clay Encounters Ceramics Design Studio at The Pearl in Qatar. Her current work integrates digital tools into the analogue processes of traditional modes of making within crafts and specifically within ceramics.
Louise Bourgeois is a French-American artist, painter and printmaker, best known for her large-scale sculpture and installation art. Some of her most famous works include “Maman”, the spider sculptures including the one at the Qatar National Convention Center, Femme Maison, and Maisons Fragiles. 🕷
Take a culture trip through Mayasa Al Hejazi’s photos, where she presents the beauty in the culture and history of France and Qatar. 📸“No matter how much change or things get introduced to our culture, we still retain our natural basic of cultures. Being proud of a culture knows no borders. Everyone is proud!”
#Avec_Khalid speaks with Abou Diaby
Tune into this interview with #avec_khalid and Abou Diaby, a former French football player for l’Équipe de France, Arsenal, Marseille and Auxerre! ⚽️
Fire Station is a contemporary art space in Qatar that provides facilities, production support, mentorships, and curatorial support to artists in Qatar.Built in 1982, the Fire Station was previously the home of the first civil defense authority in Qatar. It was repurposed in 2014 to host the Fire Station Museum by the artist in residence and architect Ibrahim Al-Jaida who preserved the original details of the building and its tower.
🏺 Reema Abu Hassan talks about her passion for ceramics
Find out more about how the ceramicist Reema Abu Hassan turned her hobby and passion for ceramics into a creative platform for others by creating Clay Encounters. 🖌️ Through Clay Encounters, she has positioned collaboration, participation, and teaching as core components to the way in which she practices and conducts her research.
Aude Nasr elegantly captures the interior design of a Parisian building. 📸“These pictures where shot in my former architecture school in Paris, at night. I love how this building reflects public universities interior design style, and how unusual it was to experience it at nighttime, freed from its initial function.” – Aude Nasr
Noora Al Melhim The Contemporary Al HebAs displayed in Maison et Objet, Paris 2020 Noora Melhim is an interdisciplinary designer based in Qatar. She graduated from MFA in Design Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts.
Elie Saab is a Lebanese designer who, by the tender age of 9, was making clothes for his family from materials he found around the house. Saab got his start designing elaborate bridal gowns, and he has grown his business slowly, steadily, and internationally mixing Eastern embellishment with Western silhouettes. His main workshop is in Lebanon, with additional workshops in Milan and Paris. 🧵
One of the most popular dishes in any Qatari home is Machbüs, or Kabsa, which is made up of rice cooked with delicious spices and any kind of meat – chicken, lamb, shrimp, camel or fish. 🇶🇦
From its shops to its cafés, luxury fashion brands, and restaurants, the Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous avenues in the world! 🇫🇷What makes it so special? Khalid will tell us in his new episode!
Beautifully capturing Qatar and France, Ali Saifaldeen shares his photos as part of our Photography Open Call. 📸“Qatar & France have strong relationship and many things in common. They both have beautiful architecture, museums and art collections.” – Ali SaifaldeenTo see more of Ali Saifaldeen’s work, check out his Instagram account: @ali_saifaldeen
🎨 Sara Ouhaddou talks about her art installation at the Palais de Tokyo
Discover the story behind the colored glass installation at the French museum Palais de Tokyo. 🔎Sara Ouhaddou discusses her art installation at the “Our World is Burning” exhibition and untangles the symbolic significance of colored glass from its creation to its function in the Middle East.
Take a stroll through Paris via Cyril Ruchet’s lens. 📸“All these pictures focus on the French way of life. As a street photographer, I tried to catch the soul of France through art, fashion, monuments, interactions between people, food, symbols, sports, street art, traditions and details. I attempt to sketch the French country by collecting some moments of life in the street which are defining the soul of the place. Some very French moments.” – Cyril Ruchet
Hessa Al AliArt CardAs displayed in Maison et Objet, Paris 2020 Hessa Al Ali is a Qatari Designer and graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, with a degree in Graphic Design. These playing cards are a symbolic expression of Qatari culture. Every pattern, costume, and object is inspired and carefully selected from everyday life in Qatar.
Hessa Al AliArt CardAs displayed in Maison et Objet, Paris 2020 Hessa Al Ali is a Qatari Designer and graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, with a degree in Graphic Design. These playing cards are a symbolic expression of Qatari culture. Every pattern, costume, and object is inspired and carefully selected from everyday life in Qatar.
Bouthayna Al Muftah is a Qatari artist that reflects her cultural heritage by archiving collective memories and personal encounters using various artistic media including drawing, printmaking, and art installations. 🎨
The spider sculpture is among the world’s largest sculptures! Bourgeois captures a fragile moment, where a protective mother carries her eggs. 🕷️The Maman sculpture is a permanent piece at the Qatar National Convention Center and was the centerpiece of the “Conscious and Unconscious” exhibition in 2012. The sculpture draws onlookers in, connecting them to personal memories around the early stages of life.
Just like in Arabic, there are so many ways to greet someone in French! 👋Tune into this episode of #avec_khalid to learn how! 📺
What is the Garangao tradition in Qatar? It is a tradition where children, dressed in traditional clothing, go around their neighborhoods collecting sweets, nuts and other snacks throughout the night. 🏡
📸 Jassim Al-Buainain has an eye for capturing beautiful moments! Part of our Photography Open Call, his photos take us on a picturesque journey to Paris and Doha. To see more of Jassim’s work, check out his Instagram account: @jalbuainain
#YearsOfCultureMasterclass with Aref Al-Ammari
A Photography Masterclass with Aref Al-Ammari. 📸Have you been experimenting with exciting new recipes? Watch this Masterclass with renowned Qatari photographer Aref Al-Ammari for tips and tricks to capture food creations in a beautiful way. 🍴
🎨 Mounir Fatmi Everything Behind Me 01
🎨 Mounir Fatmi Everything Behind Me 01
Albert Camus was a French philosopher, author, and journalist. He is famous for his novel “The Stranger” and won the Nobel Prize in Literature at the age of 44 in 1957, the second-youngest recipient in history. 📚 “Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” – Albert Camus
The Musée du Louvre is one of the biggest museums in the world! Did you know that it was a fortress built in 1190 and that in the 16th century it was turned from a fortress into a royal palace? It was only in 1793 after the French Monarchy moved to the Palace of Versailles, that the first @museelouvre museum was opened to the public, and offered just 537 paintings.
What is the Gallic rooster and why is it the unofficial national symbol of France? 🐓Watch this episode of #avec_khalid to learn more! 📺
Are you someone who captures moments through the lens? We are looking for contributors who can take us on a photographic journey of #France and #Qatar. If you have a talent for photography and have a stock of photos that represent the French and Qatari cultures and landscape – we want to hear from you!Selected photos will be featured on our social media pages.
Views and Voices with Bruno Collet
What is it like creating sculptured puppets for animated films? Find out more in our conversation with French film director Bruno Collet. In this conversation, Bruno shares the making of his film “Mémorable”.
“Everything you can imagine is real” – Pablo Picasso
Did you know that the bilateral relationship between France and Qatar initially began to develop in the early 1990s?
What does Ramadan look like in France?Watch this #avec_khalid episode to get a glimpse! Ramadan Kareem to all
You may know popular facts about Qatar and France such as Paris is the ‘City of Lights’ or that Doha is famous for its unique architecture, but in this series, we will be sharing unknown or less popular cultural facts about both countries.Did you know that one of the popular local sports in Qatar is camel racing by robots 🤖?
Faraj DahamStreet Language 2012
Fabrice HyberMuseum of Plastic2005-2020
Starting this Friday, we invite you to join us on Instagram for @khalidaljumaily’s show #AVEC_KHALED as part of the Years of Culture program. The show will feature ideas, information, competitions, weekly questions and much more!
Outremer is a photo series on a projector by Oriol Vilanova. It is a research project conducted at the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet, a museum founded in 1889 by the industrialist Emile Guimet.The collection of photos represent a collection of post cards by the actress Clemence d’Ennery. Through his research, Villanova examines the construction of imagination and the persistence of certain ideas.
Michael Rakowitz’s artifact installation with the title The invisible enemy should not exist which takes its name from the direct translation of Aj-ibur-shapu, the ancient Babylonian processional way that ran through the Ishtar Gate. The pieces at Palais de Tokyo present the reconstructions of lost artifacts in Iraq, and are part of a series of reconstructions made from the packaging of Middle Eastern foodstuffs and local Arabic newspapers.
Tune in to the podcast program “Vous m’en Direz des Nouvelles” presented by the French International Radio to follow a discussion on the exhibition “Our World is Burning” and the ideas, inspirations, and creative minds that made it happen.
Alive, with Cerussite and Peppered Moth is a 3D architectural structure whose design is based on the geometric properties of cérusite, a grouping of crystals. Cerussite is another name for lead carbonate, a mineral found in lead paint. « We think that one of the roles of art is to explore the questions that arise from societal conflicts. »
On the 18th of November 2009, the Algerian football team beat Egypt, thus securing its place for the 2010 World Cup. Amina Menia recalls the almost surreal nature of the celebrations. They reminded her of the festive imagines that followed the independence of Algeria in 1962. Thus her video draws a parallel between political and sporting history by using archive images, but also two original interviews.
Join us today from 8.30pm to 9.30pm to celebrate the Earth Hour and the hope of building a better future for the earth by being responsible citizens, turn off the lights and light the candles instead as a message from Qatar to the world to protect our planet.
Amal Kenawy was one of the most prolific and successful North African artists of her generation.Her piece Silent Multitudes portrays a large structure built in an architectural style typical of informal dwellings in Cairo’s poorest neighborhoods. Over one hundred liquid petroleum gas tanks surround it.
Basim Magdy is an Egyptian artist that often produces avant garde films. No Shooting Stars is one of Magdy’s productions.It is built around the personal narrative of an unidentified inhabitant of the ocean space, a territory that lays dormant on the margins of our awareness and does not enter history books. Dream-like scenes drift in dissonance with a narration that has no beginning or end.
Dominique Hurth’s installation brings together copper and textiles elements, a cardboard model and written words, where she investigates the original purpose of Joy Forum’s architecture and offers her own cultural history of the scale model. The architecture encounters the dollhouse, the dreamhouse, the fully equipped kitchen, the dishwasher and the self-cleaning house and looks back at the tension between the model and the role model and the emancipatory potential that architecture contains.
Khalil El Ghrib is a Moroccan artist whose works are the fruit of by-products from his native town of Asilah in Morocco. He collects poor materials from ruined houses and accumulates decaying objects that reveal the grip of time. This process of decomposition lies at the heart of his practice, which takes the view that creation is a living form in constant transformation.
Mounir Fatmi,Everything Behind Me,2018Information societies lie at the heart of reflexions of Mounir Fatmi, whose works make use of materials which are close to obsolescence. For his installation Everything Behind Me 01, he has used coaxial cables used for the broadcasting of television waves, the transmission of video signals, or else telephone connections.
Inji Efflatoun (1924 – 1989) was an Egyptian painter and activist.Her painting « Greeting to South Lebanon Bride » was painted in 1985. Generally, Efflatoun’s paintings were strongly inspired by the social reality of the people of the Egyptian working class, such as peasants, craftsmen and laborers, with a special focus on women and their daily struggle.
Kader Attia is a French/Algerian artist. At the “Our World is Burning” exhibition, Attia presents the piece Chaos and Harmony.His work reflects on prevailing differences between contemporary cultures and aesthetics in the context of a globalized world. In installations, photographs, and videos, Attia focuses on the liminal zones that separate contrasting sensibilities, and on attempts to close these gaps. Much of his research has been centered on the concept of repair.
The Power of Two or Three Suns reflects Yto Barrada’s response to our individual and collective reactions to the onset of disaster, ecological or otherwise, and her abiding interest in relationships across cities, islands and time.Yto Barrada is a Franco-Moroccan multimedia visual artist living and working in Tangier, Morocco and New York City. Her video instalment is one of the few at Palais de Tokyo’s exhibition “Our World is Burning”.
Bady Dalloul’s works are most often geopolitical narratives with a documentary look. Since 2011, the artist has documented the evolution of Syria by using images broadcasted by the media, which he re-appropriates in the form of miniature drawings executed with a childish hand.
Wael Shawky: Al Araba Al Madfuna invites the viewer to walk through elements of the films and their processes of production – architectural artefacts, sculptures, and drawings – placed inside a built landscape of sand.
Otobong Nkaga’s work questions the use of natural resources, to which she combines her own personal experience. The notion of territory thus plays a sensitive role in her multimedia practice where memory and history come to life in material forms.
With his monumental installation, Purple, made up of six screens, John Akomfrah takes us through ten countries, from the industrial to the digital revolutions to create a narrative about the Capitalocene era and the causes of climate change.
We the People (detail) is part of a series of over 300 sculptures by Danh Vo, each of which consist of a fragment of a copy of Auguste Bartholdi’s Liberty Enlightening the World.Each exhibition of the work features a varying number of fragments, underlying the impossibility of brining together all of the pieces of the series, which is dispersed throughout contemporary art collections around the world.
In a series of drawings, Mounira Al Solh documents her meetings and conversations with displaced Syrian refugees in the Middle East and Europe. Her art piece “My specialty was to make a peasants’ haircut, but they obliged me work till midnight often” is part of a series of embroideries that speaks to how personal stories in this political context create collective history.
Francis Alÿs is a Belgian-born, Mexico-based artist. His work emerges in the interdisciplinary space of art, architecture, and social practice.His piece at Palais de Tokyo explores urbanity, spatial justice, and land-based poetics. His work examines the relationship between politics and poetics individual action.
We celebrate #internationalwomensday by presenting the exceptional work of some of the women artists and designers that have been featured in the Year of Culture events so far.Here’s to strong women, their creativity, their power to change, and their willingness to break boundaries.
In “The Place of Stones” instalment at Palais de Tokyo, Aslı Çavuşoğlu presents questions of history and belief by examining objects, images, and cultural symbols that have changed over time. Asli’s large piece shows the importance of mechanisms through which political projects are constructed. Her work addressed ideas from the past and their effects on the present such as artefacts and raw materials used for colour pigments.
While the #FTA2020Awards have been unfortunately postponed, our support of this year’s incredible designers continues. We extend our congratulations to the 25 @FashionTrustArabia finalists! We’ll be posting more of their work soon. Stay tuned!
Sammy Baloji presents his work at Palais de Tokyo with the notion of his country’s industrial and cultural heritage.He looks at the history of his region, Katanga, exploring the notion of memory and reflections of the past and present.
This installation marks a return on this material to its home territory, while not overlooking the complexities of the past and its effects.
As part of the #QatarFrance2020 year of culture and Francophonie month, the French Institute in Qatar and its partners, Qatar Music Academy and the Francophone Qatari Women Association, present “A musical evening in Paris”.
Mustapha Akrim defines himself as a worker-artist.For the exhibition « Our World is Burning », he has provided three sculptures which punctuate the pathway through the exhibition. Taking form of the words « law », « education », and « freedom » in Arabic.« This sculpture is a part of an ongoing project that proposes a reflection on the notion of law. » – Mustapha Akrim
Monira Al Qadiri presents OR-BIT 1 at Palais de Tokyo. The sculpture looks like an oil drill. It slowly rotates, as though attempting to pierce the sky, even though it’s balance looks fragile.Monira Al Qadiri’s work is part of the exhibition “Our World is Burning” at Palais de Tokyo running until the 17th of May.
The exhibition “Vive le Musée” features highlights from the FBQ Museum’s French collection.
Visit the current exhibition celebrating #QatarFrance2020 Year of Culture – until May 2020, open every day during museum opening hours.
Fabrice Hybert @fabricehyber is a renowned French artist and part of the exhibition “Our World is Burning” at Palais de Tokyo. On his large canvas, Fabrice deploys a very wide range of media for the deconstruction of language and communication.
The #QatarFrance2020 Year of Culture, together with @qatarphilharmonicorchestra, invites you to join the performance Daphnis & Chloé music composed by the renowned French composer, Maurice Ravel. The concert will take place Saturday, February 29th, at Katara Opera House.
Small coffee table with portraits of Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821) and his family members from the 19th – 20th c. AD.
This piece is part of the exhibition “Vive le Musée” which features highlights from the FBQ Museum’s French collection.
Shirin Neshat’s photo series “Our House is On Fire” present the importance of combining narratives and multiplying points of view. At Palais de Tokyo, she presents a collection of art work that she has been carrying out in Egypt. She photographs senior citizens whom she has met in the working-class neighbourhoods of Cairo.
Faraj Daham is one of the Qatari artists whose work is featured in the “Our World is Burning” exhibition at Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Daham’s art is inspired by the transformation of the world around him, and he responds to the rapid changes experienced in Qatari society.
An illustration of the cultural exchange between #Qatar and #France for #QatarFrance2020, the exhibition “Our World is Burning” features work by international artists who touch on themes from the Arab Spring to the impact of climate change.The exhibition will be held from the 21/02/2020 till 17/05/2020 @palaisdetokyo@mathafmodern
Under the Art and Photography pillar for #QatarFrance2020 Year of Culture, @PalaisdeTokyo introduces the exhibition: “Our World is Burning”. The exhibition has been nourished by the exceptional collections of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art @mathafmodern and curated by Abdellah Karroum, the director of Mathaf in Doha, and co-curated by Fabien Danesi.
Pleased to see the preview of the ”Our world is burning” exhibition @PalaisDeTokyo presented in collaboration with @MatafModern as part of #QatarFrance2020 year of culture. The exhibition Our World is Burning offers a fully political view of international contemporary creation seen from the Gulf, where wars and diplomatic tensions have constantly determined the history of the early 21st century. The exhibition opens to public on Thursday 20 February 2020.
As part of the #QatarFrance2020 Year of Culture, and at the invitation of His Excellency Sheikh Ali Bin Jassim Al-Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to France, and Mrs. Catherine Pégard, President of the Public Establishment of Château de Versailles, the first Qatari Sidra was planted in the gardens of the Château de Versailles, a place rich in prestige and history, as a symbol of the excellent friendship between #France and #Qatar.
H.E. Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani and H.E. Franck Gellet, Ambassador of France to the State of Qatar, opened the new exhibition Vive le Musée – Highlights from the FBQ Museum’s French collection, celebrating Qatar France 2020 Year of Culture.
The exhibition takes you on a journey along a diverse selection of vases, carpets, sculptures and artefacts related to Napoléon Bonaparte.
Vive le Musée – Highlights from the FBQ Museum’s French collection.
Visit our current exhibition celebrating Qatar France 2020 Year of Culture – 3rd February until May 2020, open every day during museum opening hours.
“A Peugeot 402 Roadster 1937 that has become one of the most respected vehicles that France ever manufactured.”
Vive le Musée – Highlights from the FBQ Museum’s French collection.
Visit our current exhibition celebrating Qatar France 2020 Year of Culture – 3rd February until May 2020, open every day during museum opening hours.
Small coffee table with portraits of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) and his family members from the 19th – 20th c. AD.
Celebrating the Year of Culture #qatarfrance2020 with some of Picasso’s most famous works featured in the « Picasso’s Studios » exhibition at the Doha Fire Station @dohafirestation starting the 14th of March, 2020.
In this interview, Aisha Ghanem Al Attiya, the Head of Years of Culture, highlights the importance of discovering the similarities and celebrating the differences between Qatar and France during the cultural exchange year, particularly in the arts, design, music, photography and film. The year will be a great opportunity to increase the collaboration between Qatari and French institutions and people.#qatarfrance2020 #yearsofculture @qatar_museums
A gathering to announce the first round of jury for the @fashiontrustarabia competition 2020 at the Qatar Embassy in #Paris #QatarFrance2020
If you are at @MaisonetObjet on Sunday, come join us at the Talks zone from 2pm-2:45pm for a conversation with Emerging Talents From Qatar designer Sheikha Reem Al-Thani @reem_althani7, Reema Abu Hassan @reema_abuhassan François Leblanc di Cicilia @fldcicilia and Dr. Thomas Modeen, moderated by Whitney Robinson @whowhatwhit #QatarFrance2020
Emerging designers from Qatar showcase their bold projects presenting their notions of identity as part of #QatarFrance2020. Artists include @aishabintnasser, @alaabata_, @noora_almelhim, @reem_althani7, @hana_alsaadi, @reema_abuhassan, @clay_encounters, @hazemasif, @hes_alali, @maryamhome, @exact.location, @pphatanateacha
An honorable visit by the father Amir, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, to the French pavilion at the @dibookfair, in the presence of H.E. Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, and H.E. Mr. Franck Gellet. #QatarFrance2020 #Doha @FranceauQatar (Photo source: French Embassy, Qatar)
We were highly honored to receive H.H. The Father Amir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, at our pavilion at the #DohaInternationalBookFair 2020 in the presence of H.E. Mr. Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports، H.E. Mr. Franck Gellet, Ambassador of France to Qatar and Mr. Bader Al-Darwish, Chairman and Managing Director of Fifty One East.#FnacQatar #MCSQA #QatarFrance2020 #DBF2020 #Qatar #Doha
Beyond Culture. 📍Doha #richardserra
Beyond culture 🇶🇦&🇫🇷
We were so excited to see the Qatar-France Year of Culture 2020 launch yesterday evening with a stunning concert from #Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Frenchman Marc Piollet 🇶🇦🇫🇷 #QatarFrance2020
From the opening concert of #QatarFrance 2020Year of Culture at the Katara Cultural Village, Opera House.The opening concert was introduced by His Excellency Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al‑Kawari and His Excellency Mr. Franck Gellet, Ambassador of France to Qatar.
Looking forward for an amazing year of culture between Qatar and France in 2020!#قطر_فرنسا2020#QatarFrance2020@yearsofculture
#QatarFrance2020 – Beyond Culture
The launch of #QatarFrance2020 with an opening concert at @kataraqatar Introduced by H.E. Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari and H.E. Mr. Franck Gellet. The concert was led by the French composer Marc Piollet, accompanied by the French pianist @lise.delasalle , and performed by @qatarphilharmonicorchestra
The @dibookfair (9th of January till 18th of January) marks a great beginning to the many cultural collaborations between Qatar and France for the #QatarFrance2020 Year of Culture. When you visit, don’t miss the French literature section for an authentic literary exchange. @qatar_museums
As part of the 2020 Year of Culture between Qatar and France, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra will be holding the opening concert, conducted by Marc Piollet, and will feature Lise de la Salle as the piano soloist.
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#QatarFrance2020 Year of Culture’s launch at the press conference in #Doha. The cultural exchange between the two countries includes numerous exhibitions and activities. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming events.
Discover the cultural treasures of Qatar and France during #QatarFrance2020, a cultural exchange year filled with exciting events in Doha and Paris. Stay tuned for more information.
2020 will be a celebration of Qatar-France Year of Culture.We are proud to unveil the logo that will symbolize this union!
Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming events!