Internacional projects protected by confidentiality: Qatar

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Client: Confidentiality

Services: Scenography, Technical Development, Production , Logistics and Installation

Category: Cultural Production

At Proasur we are a benchmark company in the design, engineering and production of museum and cultural projects, which has led us to carry out various international projects of a very diverse nature in any part of the world, always respecting cultural differences.

Qatar and art

For Qatar, art has become a very important part of its national identity: it is the country that buys the most contemporary paintings in the world and where there is a strong market. It aims to become the centre of arts and culture and a cultural reference for the Persian Gulf, the Middle East and beyond.

Investment in contemporary works

Under the premise of achieving social change through culture, it is estimated that Sheikha Al-Mayassa, sister of the Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has an annual budget of one billion dollars to spend on galleries, auction houses and collectors.

Although she remains silent on the subject, her name appears behind the acquisitions of renowned painters: Francis Bacon, the Audobon Birds, Mark Rothko, Gauguin (When will you marry me?), Warhol, Lichtenstein, Hirst and Picasso.

Although the most talked-about was the auction of a Cézanne painting from The Card Playes series, which sold in 2011 for $250 million, a price that broke the ceiling of the international art market, doubling the existing auction record for a painting.

She has also been responsible for bringing major exhibitions to the country, such as the Picasso-Giacometti double hit and a collection of works by Takashi Murakami; exhibitions of prominent women artists (Shirin Neshat, Mona Hatoum and the late Louise Bourgeois to name but a few) and oversaw the installation in the middle of the desert of Richard Serra’s largest sculpture to date, East-West/West-East.

Qatar National Museum in Doha

The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), designed by Jean Nouvel, the 2008 Pritzker Prize-winning French architect whose name is behind the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Lyon National Opera and the extension of the Reina Sofia Art Centre, was inaugurated in 2019.

The building is intended to overshadow the Louvre Abu Dhabi and aims to become the jewel in the crown of the Arab country and an international benchmark.

The architectural design is inspired by the desert rose, representing, in the words of the architect, the materialisation of Qatar, a meeting point between the sea and the desert.

The 40,000 square metre area is covered with 539 interlocking white discs that create the structure of the museum in the image and likeness of the formations from which it draws its inspiration, evoking the desert and the origins of Qatar.

The interior of the museum consists of 1.5 km arranged in 11 permanent galleries that offer a timeline of the country’s history from the formation of the peninsula millions of years ago to the present day. Organised into three chapters (Beginnings, Life in Qatar and The Modern History of Qatar), it showcases the country’s heritage and legacy through music, poetry, oral histories, archaeological artefacts and commissioned works of art.

Audiovisual displays are accompanied by screens, maps, sound systems and other technological elements to make an ideal sensory experience to engage younger visitors.

Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar

The Museum of Islamic Art was inaugurated in 2008 by architect Ieoh Ming Pei, who has considered this building to be one of the most difficult works he has ever done.

It is an artificial island 60 metres offshore, connected by two pedestrian bridges and a vehicular bridge, so that modern buildings would never encroach on the museum.

The design is the result of a journey in which the artist travelled through Islamic architecture found in all parts of the world to try to understand its essence and diversity.

The inspiration for the design was the 13th century sabil found in the Ahmad Ibn Tulun Mosque in Cairo, Egypt, where he found architecture that “comes alive in the sun, with its shadows and shades of colour”. This traditional vision of Islamic architecture blends seamlessly with more modern constructions in the faceted exterior planes and the layout of the interiors.

Reflecting the vitality, complexity and diversity of the arts of the Islamic world. It will collect, preserve, study and exhibit masterpieces spanning three continents. From the 7th to the 19th century. Educational programme open to all those interested in understanding Islamic culture.

Inside, visitors enter one of the most sophisticated and advanced museums in the world.

This is Qatar

The State of Qatar is located on a peninsula that stretches along the western coast of the Arabian Gulf. It shares an 87 km land border with Saudi Arabia to the south and is also close to the Kingdom of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Iran.

Qatar has the world’s third largest natural gas reserves, making it the country with the highest per capita income. It is also archaeologically rich, as historians have found evidence of human presence on the peninsula from around 4,000 BC.

Qatar has a deep respect for the nation’s history and all of its archaeological artefacts are carefully preserved and protected, providing a significant arts and cultural scene, with a number of museums showcasing the country’s history.

Proasur’s work in Qatar

Proasur has the honour to participate in an important project in Qatar, which is protected for the moment by confidentiality with our clients.

Proasur is honoured to participate in an important project in Qatar.


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