#QatarCreates launches two weeks of “aesthetic” events

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* Global creative leaders in the fields of art, architecture, fashion, design and digital culture converge in Doha

Dynamic leaders and rising stars of the creative industries from Qatar and around the world converge in Doha for the second annual #QatarCreates: two weeks of cultural exchange, dialogue and collaboration at the forefront of art, architecture, fashion, design and digital culture.
HE Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, President of Qatar Museums, said: quickly. This is the key to a sustainable future, which is why we are delighted this year to welcome so many leading figures in fashion, design and the arts to #QatarCreates, to enjoy the wide range of experiences that we propose and meet. outstanding creative peers from Qatar.
World Summit on the Economics of Cultural Innovation, #QatarCreates brings together a range of exciting events and programs throughout Doha. Taking center stage this year is M7, Qatar’s new 312,000 square foot hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in fashion and design, built in the heart of downtown Msheireb in Doha.
#QatarCreates includes the showcase and jury of the Fashion Trust Arabia Awards and the presentation of the exhibition “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” at M7. Fashion Trust Arabia will also host events at Culture Pass Club, Qatar’s first members-only arts club, located in a suite of 14 townhouses designed by international artists and designers, including Diane von Furstenberg, India Mahdavi, Rossana Orlandi and Qatari designers Aisha al -Sowaidi and Wahda al-Hajri.
Other highlights of #QatarCreates 2021 include major exhibitions dedicated to the work of Jeff Koons, the artist’s first major investigation in the Middle East, and artist and designer Virgil Abloh, the first large-scale exhibition dedicated to his pioneering artistic practice. An exciting set of public programs – the #QatarCreates Programming and Art for Tomorrow Talks series, in association with ‘The New York Times’ – feature stimulating dialogue and expert analysis. The program is complemented by opportunities to view recently installed public art works, including major pieces by Tom Claassen, Bruce Nauman and Isa Genzken.
To celebrate the launch of #QatarCreates, an opening reception was held Tuesday evening with Maison Valentino at the Museum of Islamic Art. Twelve works featured in the Valentino Des Ateliers Haute Couture collection were on display at the reception, and British musician Cosima, who performed at the Valentino Show in Venice in July, will offer a special live performance.
The #QatarCreates 2021 will include:
* Fashion Trust Arabia (FTA) – the first initiative of its kind supporting and showcasing talented designers from the Arab world – will bring together renowned jurors and members of the FTA’s advisory board on November 3 to award the coveted annual award . Under the patronage and in the presence of Honorary President Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and Co-Chairs HE Sheikha Al Mayassa and Tania Fares, the award provides financial support, advice and mentorship to emerging MENA designers (Middle East and North Africa) region and offers a platform of opportunities through which every talented Arab designer can develop and receive international recognition. The presentation and judgment of the prizes will take place at M7.
* ‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’, presented from November 6 to March 30, 2022, at M7 at Msheireb Downtown Doha, is the first fashion exhibition of its ambition and scale in the Middle East. Reinvented after a successful presentation in prestigious museums in Paris, London, Shanghai and New York, the retrospective presents a selection of pieces presented for the first time and sets from the private collection of Her Highness Sheikha Moza, longtime client of Christian Dior Couture. This is the inaugural exhibition at M7, which opens on November 5.
* ‘Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech’, presented from November 5 to March 31, 2022, at the Garage Gallery, Fire Station, is the first major exhibition dedicated to the work of the famous American artist and designer. The mid-career retrospective brings together over 55 works for an in-depth examination of Abloh’s pioneering and diverse media practice, which ranges from visual arts to music, fashion, architecture and design. “Figures of Speech” is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, adapted for this presentation by Qatar Museums, and designed by and in collaboration with AMO. It is part of the Qatar-USA 2021 Year of Culture program.
* “Jeff Koons: Lost in America”, a new exhibition presented from November 21 to March 31, 2022, at the QM Gallery Al Riwaq, is the first in the Gulf region of the work of the American artist Koons. Organized by the famous curator Massimiliano Gioni, the exhibition offers a unique look at the exceptional career of one of the most famous contemporary artists, whose work bridges the gap between pop, minimalism and ready-made. The exhibition is presented as part of the Qatar-USA Cultural Year 2021, an annual program of international cultural exchange designed to deepen understanding between nations and their peoples.
* The #QatarCreates programming will bring together distinguished international leaders and cultural innovators for conversations on fashion, design and art from November 3-5. Anders Christian Madsen; Dior’s artistic director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, in conversation with photographer Brigitte Lacombe and journalist Caroline Issa; and Abloh, architect Samir Bantal and designer and academic leader Rosanne Somerson on the Abloh exhibition in Doha and the inspiration the architectural firm OMA had on their work.
* Art for Tomorrow Talks, presented in association with ‘The New York Times’, will bring together artists, museum leaders, curators and cultural experts to take a close look at current issues, exploring the social and economic impact of art. To register for the free conferences, which will take place November 19-21 in Doha and November 23 virtually, visit artfortomorrow.org

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