Qatar Museums Announces Partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Qatar Museums announced today a collaboration with New York Citys The Metropolitan Museum of Art, encompassing the exchange of exhibitions, programs, and scholarly cooperation.
On the occasion of the reopening of a thoroughly reinstalled and reimagined Museum of Islamic Art, and in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Mets renovated Islamic art department galleries, Qatar Museums has provided a generous gift to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In recognition of Qatars support, a gallery at The Met presenting art from the Umayyad and Abbasid Periods (7th13th centuries) has been named the Qatar Gallery.
As part of the collaboration between the institutions, Qatar Museums has lent works from its renowned collections to The Met for exhibitions including Jerusalem in the Middle Ages (2016), Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy (2015), The Great Age of the Seljuks (2016) and Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey (2019). Similarly, works from The Mets collection will go on view in Doha on Oct. 26 in the inaugural special exhibition at the renovated Museum of Islamic Art. The exhibition, Baghdad: Eyes Delight, focuses on the art of the Abbasid period one of the two classical periods featured in the Qatar Gallery at The Met.
HE , Chairperson of Qatar Museums Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, said, "The establishment of the Qatar Gallery at The Metropolitan Museum of Art highlights the collegiality between our institutions and our desire to advance a crucial goal we hold in common, to heighten appreciation everywhere for the art of the Islamic world. We are proud to come together with The Met to honor the beauty, depth, and variety of a global tradition that spans fourteen centuries." Marina Kellen French Director of The Met Max Hollein commented: "The Met is deeply grateful to Qatar Museums for this extraordinary act of generosity. This gift is the latest instance of the longstanding relationship between our institutions and marks the start of a broad partnership encompassing the exchange of exhibitions, programs, and scholarly cooperation. This critical support is especially meaningful as we mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Mets renovated Islamic art department galleries, which continue to be a source of great interest and inspiration for our millions of yearly visitors." The commitment between the cultural institutions furthers Qatar Museums efforts to fulfill its mission of sharing art and culture from Qatar and the MENASA region with the world. The partnership also serves as a legacy project of Qatar Museums 2021 Year of Culture programme, which celebrated the strong ties between Qatar and the United States through a year-long cultural exchange that deepened the understanding between the nations and their people.
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