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Introducing The Qatar Travel Book of Culture by Lapin

2022/11/23

French artist and urban sketcher Lapin (1981) has created a special illustrated book all about Qatari culture, published by Qatar Museums as part of the legacy of the France-Qatar 2020 Year of Culture.
A pencil drawing of the Doha Skyline drawn on lined paper with handwritten names of the best known skyscrapers.
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Years of Culture Announce The Travel Book of Culture

Years of Culture have announced the arrival of its "Travel Book of Culture" book, created by celebrated French artist Lapin as part of the Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture. The book is available to purchase now at all IN-Q locations and on the IN-Q online store. 

An illustrated sketchbook about Qatari culture by French artist Lapin

"Travel Book of Culture" is an illustrated travel sketchbook created over the course of three weeks as Lapin explored the peninsula and sketched people and places along his journey. He ate traditional dishes, such as madrouba; tasted Arabic coffee in majlis; visited the outstanding architecture of the National Museum of Qatar; and visited the souq, West Bay, and Katara... Throughout his journey, Lapin captured landmarks in the desert, including the heritage site of Al Zubarah and Richard Serra’s monumental sculptures in Zekreet. This travel book features all the wonders of Qatar.

Part of the Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture Legacy

Director of Cultural Diplomacy Aisha Al Attiyah said, “I take great pleasure in sharing this beautiful book and the many stories it tells with readers in Qatar and from around the world. We have seen, especially during this FIFA World Cup, how powerful cultural connections can be in breaking down tropes and stereotypes to let our human instinct for connection shine through. We are thankful to Lapin for this wonderful testament to the joy of exploring other cultures.”

Lapin is a French artist living in Barcelona. He draws from direct observation, quickly and precisely, depicting his surroundings and the places he has traveled. Lapin has participated in the Urban Sketchers community since its founding and was nominated official air and space painter for the French army in 2019.