New Works Include Creations by Jeff Koons, Ugo Rondinone, KAWS, Rashid Johnson, Yayoi Kusama, Katharina Fritsch, Simone Fattal, Shua’a Ali, and Shouq Al Mana
DOHA, Qatar: As part of Qatar Creates, the year-round national cultural movement that curates, promotes, and celebrates the diversity of cultural activities in Qatar, Qatar Museums today announced the installation of 40 major new works of public art, on view in time for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Installed from the desert to Doha’s bustling Souq Waqif, the added works bring to a total of more than 100 the public artworks that have transformed the nation into a vast outdoor museum experience.
Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, said: “Public art is one of our most prominent demonstrations of cultural exchange, where we present works from artists of all nationalities and backgrounds. These works further our mission to make art more accessible, engage our publics, celebrate our heritage, and embrace the cultures of others.”
Highlights of the new public artworks include:
Making art a part of everyday life, Qatar became one of the first countries in the Gulf to create a comprehensive contemporary public art programme. Highlights to date include major works by Richard Serra, Tom Claassen, Ghada Al Khater, Bruce Nauman, Damien Hirst, and Dia al-Azzawi.