Expedition

Amazing Qatar

Precious pearls and aromatic coffee, state-of-the-art architecture and social initiatives — the State of Qatar which is to host FIFA World Cup in 2022 impresses your imagination with its splendor and subtle ability to blend ancient traditions with forward-thinking mindset. Within the framework of the Year of Culture Qatar-Russia 2018, Artemy Lebedev and his team set off on a journey to Qatar to see it all with their own eyes. Meanwhile, we are sharing details of their journey with you at project blog.

 

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Art

In recent years Qatar has become the keenest art player in the Middle East: the country has been consistently creating a museum empire, compiling a variety of huge collections of unprecedented value. Qatari ambitions are great and, in addition to traditional and modern Arabic art, apply to the great European masters.

For example in 2012 Al Tani’s royal family acquired Paul Cézanne’s Card Players for $ 250 million, setting a price record ever offered for a work of art; a year later Pablo Picasso’s Child with a Dove was brought to Qatar from London, which had been one of the two UK’s most famous works by the artist.

“I used to be quite skeptical about the achievements of Qatar in the field of contemporary art. But then we saw Damien Hirst’s amazing sculptural composition about the birth of life and the subsequent appearance of this life into the world” – shares his impressions Mr. Lebedev.

Moreover, Qatar is experiencing an obvious rise in museum construction. In 2008 the Museum of Islamic Art was opened in Doha, the Arab Museum in 2009, and the new National Museum is about to open on the southern end of the Corniche embankment. The world’s top architects are invariably assigned for these projects: Doha can already boast buildings by Bei Yumin, Arata Isozaki and Jean Nouvel. Gradually, the museums are filled with top works – in its rush for art, both Eastern and European, Qatar overtook even the Middle Kingdom.

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Myths and facts about Qatar

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