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PHOTOS: Sneak peek of Damien Hirst retrospective “Relics”

Story by Peter Kovessy; Photos by Gazanfarulla Khan

The stench of blood and the rank smell of cigarettes are some of the lingering impressions that stayed with visitors who were given a sneak preview of iconic British artist Damien Hirst’s new retrospective in Qatar today.

The exhibition, Hirst’s largest to date and his first in the Middle East, opens to the public tomorrow at the Museum of Islamic Art’s Al Riwaq Doha gallery.

The 93 pieces on display include two of his most famous artworks – Leviathan, a 6.8 meter (22-foot) shark suspended in a vitrine of turquoise formaldehyde; and For the Love of God, a platinum skull, complete with human teeth, encrusted with diamonds.

A Thousand Years is also on display. That piece is comprised of a pair of connected glass cubes slightly more than two meters high. In one, flies hatch inside a white box. Inside the other, live flies and maggots feed on a severed cow’s head and the stream of blood spilling from it.

An electric insect trap emitting neon-blue light hangs directly above it, with a heap of dead flies piled in its metal basin, closing the symbolic circle of life observers say the piece illustrates.

Another notable work in the exhibition is Lullaby, the Seasons, a piece consisting of four stainless steel medicine cabinets filled with thousands of pills, including one cabinet that was sold to former Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani for a reported $19.2 million in 2007.

Death

Many of Hirst’s pieces are centered around the theme of death intruding into daily life. Speaking to reporters today, he said:

"(Mortality) may fascinate me a bit more than most… The beauty of life is that it can and will be taken away. I was taught when I was young to confront things you can’t avoid. Unfortunately, death is one of those things."

Speaking to Doha News, exhibition curator Francesco Bonami said that Hirst’s art, while provocative, is intended to go beyond the shock factor:

“(Hirst) tells a story with his work of the simple and complex issues that all of us are facing: life, death, fear, beauty, how we deal with death and decay, luxury and value.”

Bonami added that certain Hirst pieces were omitted from the exhibition because they either didn’t make sense with its overall flow or because the curator deemed them “gratuitous.”

"It is not about shocking (people)," he said. "We’re coming to not just an Islamic culture, but a place where the general public has not been exposed to contemporary art," which led to one or two pieces – Bonami said he couldn’t recall which ones – being excluded.

The curator added that he and his colleagues made the decision themselves. “We operated in total freedom about the selection.”

Speaking to Doha News, Hirst said he never felt any pressure to omit any of his more controversial pieces from the exhibit. He raised the example of Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain, a 2.5-metre (8-foot) statue of a naked man with a fig leaf obscuring his genitals.

He said the fig leaf was included to avoid any problems with displaying it for a Chinese audience and said that if he really wanted, he would have removed it for the Doha exhibition.

"They seem pretty open-minded here," Hirst said.

History

Born in 1965 in Bristol, Hirst rose to contemporary art prominence in the late ’80s and early ’90s with his installations of dead animals as well as “spot” paintings – canvas with randomly colored circles – and “spin” paintings featuring colors streaked across a circular surface, several of which are currently rotating on the walls of Al Riwaq.

Hirst is also the artist behind The Miraculous Journey set of 14 statutes showing the progression from conception to life, unveiled earlier this week in front of the under-construction Sidra Medical and Research Center near Education City.

He said he was approached by Qatar Museums Authority chair Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani in 2009 about creating a “really special” outdoor project. QMA subsequently sponsored Hirst’s retrospective at the Tate Modern in London in 2012, which preceded the much larger “Relics” in Doha.

Hirst once vowed he’d never display his works in a retrospective exhibit, reportedly telling David Bowie in 1996 that “museums are for dead artists.”

But now, with 25 years’ worth of his art featured in Qatar, Hirst is hoping to achieve a modest hint of immortality among his Doha audience. He said:

"It would be amazing if people could still remember this exhibition a week after they’ve seen it. The worst thing, if you’re an artist, is people saying, ‘Do you remember that exhibition with the shark? What was the guy called?’ It would be nice if they could remember my name as well."

According to the exhibition’s website, Relics open Thursday at noon. Visitors are invited to share their thoughts on the exhibition online or record a video message at Al Riwaq.

Thoughts?

(Source: dohanews)

dohanews:

WH Smith opens in Qatar

Advancing on plans to open three WH Smith bookstores in Qatar, Al Meera Holdings has launched its flagship store at Ezdan Mall today.

Unlike many other bookshops in Qatar, the store appears to focus almost solely on books, though there also toys and stationary on offer.

The shop has a wide selection of titles for children, and the largest Moleskine display in Doha, according to our photographer. There are also plenty of fiction and history titles, as well as a magazine selection.

The store is currently in a soft opening phase, and aims to launch officially in November.

Al Meera, which bought the rights to operate the British book chain last year, has already opened a small shop in its Al Meera store in Nuaija in Al Hilal and plans to open a store next to Géant at Hyatt Plaza by year-end.

Has anyone checked out the bookstore yet? Thoughts?

Credit: Photos by Gazanfarulla Khan

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dohanews:

EVENT: 2nd Doha News Community Meetup, Oct 5 at The Torch Doha Hotel
Dear friends, fans and followers,
It’s been a while since we’ve gotten together with everyone (more than a year now!)  and a second meetup is certainly past due.
So we’d like to invite all of you to get together with us, and have a chat over at The Torch Doha Hotel’s Aspire Ballroom next Saturday, 5pm-7pm.
Anything and everything is on the agenda - we’ll answer your questions about coverage, pose some of our own about what you like and don’t like, and hopefully come to some conclusions together about the way forward for Doha News. 
If you’re an avid follower of Doha News, if you care about what we’re doing and want to have your views heard, you should definitely come.
The only thing we ask, is that you register to attend via our Eventbrite page, so that we know how many people to expect:

Hope to see you all there,
— Omar, Shabina and the rest of the Doha News team
(P.S., food and drink will be provided by our lovely hosts, The Torch Doha Hotel.)

dohanews:

EVENT: 2nd Doha News Community Meetup, Oct 5 at The Torch Doha Hotel

Dear friends, fans and followers,

It’s been a while since we’ve gotten together with everyone (more than a year now!)  and a second meetup is certainly past due.

So we’d like to invite all of you to get together with us, and have a chat over at The Torch Doha Hotel’s Aspire Ballroom next Saturday, 5pm-7pm.

Anything and everything is on the agenda - we’ll answer your questions about coverage, pose some of our own about what you like and don’t like, and hopefully come to some conclusions together about the way forward for Doha News. 

If you’re an avid follower of Doha News, if you care about what we’re doing and want to have your views heard, you should definitely come.

The only thing we ask, is that you register to attend via our Eventbrite page, so that we know how many people to expect:

Eventbrite - Doha News Community Meetup: The Future of Doha News

Hope to see you all there,

— Omar, Shabina and the rest of the Doha News team

(P.S., food and drink will be provided by our lovely hosts, The Torch Doha Hotel.)

(Source: dohanews)

dohanews:

On this day (Sept. 3) in 1971, Qatar gained its independence from Britain. It used to be celebrated as a national holiday, until the government decreed in 2007 that Dec. 18 would be marked annually instead.
The new National Day represents a more symbolic moment in history for Qatar - it is the day in 1878 that Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammad Bin Thani succeeded his father as leader of the tribes of Qatar.
Though today is no longer an official holiday, well-wishes have been circulating Twitter nonetheless. Here’s some footage of the declaration.
Happy 42nd Independence Day, Qatar! Thoughts?
Credit: Photo by Sorin Furcoi

dohanews:

On this day (Sept. 3) in 1971, Qatar gained its independence from Britain. It used to be celebrated as a national holiday, until the government decreed in 2007 that Dec. 18 would be marked annually instead.

The new National Day represents a more symbolic moment in history for Qatar - it is the day in 1878 that Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammad Bin Thani succeeded his father as leader of the tribes of Qatar.

Though today is no longer an official holiday, well-wishes have been circulating Twitter nonetheless. Here’s some footage of the declaration.

Happy 42nd Independence Day, Qatar! Thoughts?

Credit: Photo by Sorin Furcoi

(Source: dohanews)

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