The reopening of Qatar Museums institutions will continue in August with new temporary exhibitions at the Museum of Islamic Art, National Museum of Qatar and Mathaf. Museum libraries and all QM parks and playgrounds will also reopen with temporary restrictions in place.

QM’s ambitious programme of special exhibitions, which was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will resume with opportunities for the public to enjoy artworks and artefacts that span centuries and the globe.

Drawn from the holdings of QM and from major loans, these temporary exhibitions present artistic treasures assembled over the years by one of Qatar’s greatest collectors, survey the achievements of two important contemporary women artists of Arab background, and provide stunning insights into the creative life of one of the greatest artists of the modern era.

Exhibitions opening on August 2 include ‘A Falcon’s Eye: Tribute to Sheikh Saoud Al Thani’ at MIA, which marks the outstanding accomplishments of one of Qatar’s greatest collectors, who was largely responsible for laying the foundation for QM’s worldclass collections.

‘Yto Barrada: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nougat’, the first major solo museum exhibition in the Gulf region of the Moroccan-French artist, which brings together photographs, films, videos, sculptures, prints and fabric works that focus on threads of regeneration and growth in social and geological transformation.

‘Huguette Caland: Faces and Places’ at Mathaf, featuring six decades of the artist’s paintings, drawings, caftans, smocks and sculptures, including a selection of never before exhibited works; and ‘Lived Forward: Art and Culture in Doha from 1960–2020’ at Mathaf.

Starting August 10, Picasso’s Studios, which is organized in partnership with the Musée national Picasso-Paris, will offer extended evening hours, remaining open until 8pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Though NMoQ will remain closed, the museum has developed two digital exhibitions that will be accessible on its website in August.

  • The museums and heritage sites will be open from Sunday to Thursday, between 9am and 3pm. Visitors will be required to reserve tickets in advance on the QM website.
  • Upon arrival at the museum, ticketholders must present the ‘green’ health status on the Ehteraz app.
  • Each person will also be checked for a normal temperature reading at the entrance.
  • Visitors (12 years of age and above) will be required to bring and wear a mask.
  • Hand sanitiser stations will be placed throughout the location, encouraging visitors to keep their hands clean.
  • Signage reminding visitors to keep a safe distance from others will also be visible on site.
  • Cloak rooms and lockers will be unavailable during this period.
  • Interactive features at each museum such as touchscreens will be temporarily removed, and gallery guides will be offered online only.
  • Museum gift shops will be open and cafes will offer limited service during museum hours.
  • From Saturday–Thursday, IDAM restaurant at MIA will operate at limited capacity for dinner service, while JIWAN at NMoQ will be open at limited capacity for lunch and afternoon tea.
  • During this phase of reopening, public programs will be limited to 10 visitors, and group tours and special events will remain suspended.
  • QM’s parks and playgrounds will be open with restricted capacity from 9am– 10pm from Sunday–Thursday. Libraries will be open from 9am– 3pm for 10 visitors at a time.

The museum is still encouraging its digital audiences to share photographs, sketches, or paintings of retreats they have created within their homes in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source : Gulf Times

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