TECTONIC MOVE­MENTS

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QMA in­vited Serra to ex­hibit in two cul­tural spa­ces in Doha, at the Al Ri­waq Doha Ex­hi­bi­tion Space, where visi­tors will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence ‘Pas­sage of Time' con­ceived specif­i­cally for the space, and at the QMA Gallery in Katara Cul­tural Vil­lage, where a se­lec­tion of seven sculp­tures and four large draw­ings re­flect the main stages in the devel­op­ment of Serra's work. The ex­hi­bi­tions are cu­rated by Al­fred Pac­que­ment, honorary direc­tor, Na­tional Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, Pom­pi­dou Cen­tre, Paris and run from 10 April to 6 July.

More ground-break­ing than these two pre­sen­ta­tions was the land­scape in­stal­la­tion that was com­mis­sioned by QMA and Sheikha Mayassa bint Ha­mad Al Thani at the Brouq Nat­u­ral Re­serve near Zekreet. En­ti­tled East-West/West-East, the in­stal­la­tion spans over a kilo­me­ter in length and crosses the penin­sula con­nect­ing the waters of the Gulf. It con­sists of four steel plates mea­sured by their re­la­tion to the to­pog­ra­phy.

Speak­ing about this new ad­di­tion to the

Fol­low­ing an art move­ment fired by the Qatar Mu­se­ums Authority with in­ter­na­tional names like Damien Hirst pre­sent­ing his range of work for the first time to an Arab au­di­ence, QMA has taken the next step of pre­sent­ing Amer­i­can sculp­tor Richard Serra, one of the most sig­nif­i­cant artists of his gen­er­a­tion.

vast desert, Serra says, “The in­stal­la­tion gives the land a de­mar­ca­tion. The land would be in­dis­tin­guish­able oth­er­wise.”

An­swer­ing scep­tics on the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion of hav­ing “steel plates” on a vast piece of desert, its re­port­edly ex­hor­bi­tant cost and whether this could be con­sid­ered art, he says, “It is prej­u­dice or bias that you do not want to un­der­stand this. Your un­der­stand­ing de­pends on where you are, your re­la­tion to sculp­ture and the work of art. This is a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence and it is my cul­tural con­tri­bu­tion to the coun­try.”

The QFC Authority re­cently

kicked off its first 5-a-side foot­ball tour­na­ment in which more than 270 play­ers in 20

teams from QFC-li­censed firms and QFC en­ti­ties will be

par­tic­i­pat­ing.

VCU-Q and HBKU Stu­dent Cen­ter Art Gallery present Gaseous Ab­strac­tion, an ex­hi­bi­tion

by Artists in Res­i­dence Kel­ley Lowe and Chris­tine Wang which runs till

May 9.

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