Qatar 4 new bigger and better global Art center expo in Doha Damien Hirst Relics Oct 2013 – 21 Jan 2014

Mercoledì 9 ottobre 2013 | 13:29
Qatar 4 new bigger and better global Art center expo in Doha Damien Hirst Relics 9 Oct 2013 – 21 Jan 2014

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Damien Hirst to Launch Massive Exhibition in Qatar

Qatar dopo aver acquisito collezioni di opere artistiche mondiali:

• collezione Rothko di Rockefeller (54 milion€)
- • collezione di Claude Berri (50 milion$),
• a l'Enfant à la colombe di Picasso (63,7 milion€). Adesso si dedica anche a mostre antologiche di artisti famosi.

Alriwaq Gallery Doha, in Qatar, ampia antologica di Damien Hirst in October 2013, QMA in Doha will present Relics: the most comprehensive survey of Hirst's work ever shown and his first solo exhibition in the Middle East.

In Oct of this year the largest retrospective survey of Damien Hirst’s work ever to be assembled will be shown at Qatar Museums Authority Doha.

Spanning over 25 years of Hirst’s iconic career, Relics is the artist’s first solo show in the Middle East and will be on display until Jan 2014 at ALRIWAQ DOHA exhibition space.

The comprehensive exhibition will include both famously iconic, and previously unseen artworks.

Explaining, ‘art’s about life and it can’t really be about anything else … there isn’t anything else,’ Hirst’s work investigates and challenges contemporary belief systems, and dissects the tensions and uncertainties at the heart of human experience.

RELICS will include pieces from a cross-section of Hirst’s most important series including the Spot Paintings and the Natural History series of animals preserved in formaldehyde.

Also on display will be one of the most iconic and widely recognised artworks to have emerged in the past decade; the diamond encrusted skull - For the Love of God (2007).

The exhibition follows in the footsteps of Hirst’s major retrospective at Tate Modern in 2012, which became the most visited solo exhibition in the gallery’s history.

Curated by the internationally renowned writer, critic and curator - italian Francesco Bonami, Relics’ is part of a series of cultural initiatives org. by QMA in order to foster discussions and cultural exchange between the UK and Qatar.

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* Francesco Bonami nato a Firenze, vive e lavora a New York.
Direttore artistico di Fond. Sandretto Rebaudengo per l'Arte di Torino e di Pitti Immagine Discovery a Firenze, curatore delle prime 3 edizioni di Enel Contemporanea.

Nel 2010 curatore della 75a Biennale di Arte Contemporanea del Whitney Museum di New York, della mostra di Maurizio Cattelan a Milano e della presentazione di Damien Hirst a Palazzo Vecchio, Firenze.
Direttore della 50a Biennale di VENEZIA nel 2003 e curatore di - Pittura - Painting - From Rauschenberg to Murakami: 1964-2003 al Museo Correr.

Dal 1999 al 2009 Senior Curator al Museum of Contemporary Art di Chicago. Ha inoltre curato nel 2009, insieme ad Alison Gingeras, la mostra inaugurale - Mapping the Studio: Artists from the François Pinault Collection del nuovo centro d’arte Punta della Dogana e di Palazzo Grassi a Venezia.

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It forms part of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture which celebrates and showcases the deep-rooted bilateral relations between Qatar and the UK.

Celebrating and developing the partnership between Qatar and the UK through art and design, sport, film and media, performing arts, community building, science and research, education as well as sustainability.

/// Catalogue SKIRA Damien Hirst Relics

Published on the occasion of Relics, Hirst’s first retrospective exhibition in Doha, Qatar, this richly illustrated book offers a different perspective on the work of one of the best-known artists working today.

Tracing Hirst’s career from his emergence on the art scene in the Young British Artists movement to his present status as one of the most controversial and highly regarded artists of his generation, the catalog gathers over one hundred works, combining historic oeuvres with more recent projects: from

The Kingdom to The history of pain, from Pharmacy to For the Love of God, to the spot, spin and butterfly paintings.
With an essay by Francesco Bonami, and an interview to the artist by Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate, the volume offers an original point of view on Hirst’s oeuvre, thanks to the essays by the Qatari writer Sophia Al Maria and the Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid. A unique contribution to our understanding and appreciation of Damien Hirst, whose works have become collective icons of our civilization.

• A complete overview on the artist’s wideranging practice, which includes installation, painting, sculpture and drawing, and challenges the boundaries between art, science and popular culture.

Francesco Bonami is an Italian art curator and writer who directed the Venice Biennale in 2003 and curated the Whitney Biennial in 2010.
He is currently the Artistic Director of Found. Sandretto ReRebaudengo in Turin.
Sir Nicholas Serota has been Director of Tate since 1988. He was director of the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.
Sophia Al Maria is an artist, writer, and filmmaker.
Mohsin Hamid is the author of the bestseller The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

Doha - Qatar Museums Authority
9 Oct 2013 – 21 Jan 2014

- Marlies Osterkamp

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