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.”
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