Qatar Museums (QM) Chairperson H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani with other officials during the opening night tour of the “Tamim Al Majd: Celebration of Unity” exhibition at MIA Park, yesterday.
By Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula
A unique public art exhibition opened yesterday at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) park featuring over 40 Tamim Al Majd murals in varying shapes and sizes donated by individuals and families across the country.
The collection depicts the iconic monochrome artwork originally created by young Qatari artist Ahmed bin Majed Almaadheed which has become a ubiquitous sight in Qatar during a significant moment in the country’s recent history.
Titled ‘Tamim Al Majd: Celebration of Unity’, the exhibition reinforces the rallying spirit that has swept Qatar in recent weeks. The artworks bear the same image of H H Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani but differ in the messages written on them in various languages by people across all nationalities expressing their love and support to the country’s leadership.
The murals have been gathered together from all over the country and installed at MIA Park, giving the public a closer look at the messages of encouragement and solidarity shared by the residents and visitors of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. Qatar Museums Chairperson H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani opened the exhibition yesterday. It was attended by the Qatar Museums leadership team, VIPs and the families who have donated the displayed murals.
Khalid Al Ibrahim, Chief Strategic Planning Officer at Qatar Museums said: “We have seen an incredible outpouring of support from the people of Qatar for the Emir and the country over the past two months, leaving no doubt of the true spirit of the country and the many people who have made it their home. As the guardians of the country’s heritage and culture, we at Qatar Museums wanted to capture this significant moment in Qatar’s history and the artistic expression it inspired by giving it a bigger platform and audience.”
The widespread popularity of the murals and grassroots nature of the campaign, which quickly spread following an Instagram post by the artist of the Tamim Al Majd design, makes it a significant moment in Qatar’s history.
Social commentary conveyed through graffiti art has long been a popular form of discourse and self-expression, making this community-borne effort ever more important in establishing an organic connection between art and the local community. The personalised “graffiti” messages are some of the truest examples of public art in Qatar, which now join the many public art works placed throughout the country by QM, to mark a significant milestone in Qatar’s history.
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