Qatar Mu­se­ums Cul­ture Pass mo­bile app of­fers vir­tual tours

Gulf Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Joey Aguilar Staff Re­porter

Vir­tual vis­i­tors can now ac­cess a wide range of in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing pho­tos and self-guided au­dio tours, about mu­se­ums, her­itage sites, public arts and parks in the coun­try us­ing the new Qatar Mu­se­ums (QM) Cul­ture Pass mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion (app).

The new app, which can be down­loaded by An­droid and IOS users, serves as a per­sonal guide to ex­plore the Mu­seum of Is­lamic Art, Mathaf; NMoQ, Arab Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, Doha Fire Sta­tion, 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Mu­seum, and sev­eral ex­hi­bi­tions.

One of the up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tions fea­tured on the app in­clude ‘Lived For­ward: Art and Cul­ture in Doha from 1960-2020’, which show­cases the work of “key artists and fig­ures through the dis­play of paint­ings, archival ma­te­ri­als, pho­tog­ra­phy, video, and in­stal­la­tion that sur­vey the de­vel­op­ment of mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary art and cul­tural prac­tices in Qatar.”

This ex­hi­bi­tion forms part of the se­ries ‘Fo­cus: Works from Mathaf Col­lec­tion’, which high­lights the works of sev­eral renowned lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists.

Mean­while, ‘Splen­dours of the An­cient East: An­tiq­ui­ties from the Al-Sabah Col­lec­tion’ marks the deep-rooted and unique ties be­tween Qatar and Kuwait

– a show that will high­light around 170 ob­jects, “grew out of the wish of Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ah­mad al-Sabah and Sheikha Hussa Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah to share a se­lec­tion of arte­facts made to cel­e­brate the in­ge­nious cre­ativ­ity of artists from the An­cient Near East.”

Be­sides self-guided au­dio tours to the dif­fer­ent col­lec­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions at QM mu­se­ums, the Cul­ture Pass app also pro­vides de­tails of their fa­cil­i­ties such as cafés and restau­rants, gift shops, li­brary, and fam­ily ex­hibits, among oth­ers.

The app also fea­tures her­itage sites such as Al Zubarah, Forts of Qatar, Tow­ers of Qatar, Wells of Qatar, New Life for Old Qatar, Set­tle­ments of Qatar, Cul­tural Her­itage

Man­age­ment, as well as Cliffs, Carv­ings and Is­lands of Qatar. View­ers can ex­plore and reg­is­ter ahead to QM’s ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes, which in­clude cu­rated work­shops, con­fer­ences, and train­ings, de­signed for fam­i­lies, univer­sity stu­dents and adults.

The app also takes vir­tual vis­i­tors to Qatar’s nu­mer­ous public arts, in­clud­ing the Lu­sail Hand­ball In­stal­la­tions, Gandhi’s Three Mon­keys by Subodh Gupta, Smoke by Tony Smith, East-West/West-East by Richard Serra, The Mirac­u­lous Jour­ney by Damien Hirst, Cal­ligraf­fiti by El Seed, 7 by Richard Serra, and Ma­man by Louise Bour­geois, among other works lo­cated at Qatar Univer­sity and Ha­mad In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Her­itage sites on show.

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