November 2014 to January 2015-This November, the Qatar Museums (QM) will host the return of the much anticipated Mal Lawal Exhibition at the Qatar International Exhibition Centre (QIEC) in Doha.
Mal Lawal, which translates as “from the old days” in traditional Qatari dialect, will showcase Qatar’s rich culture and heritage through the personal collections of art enthusiasts across the country and the wider GCC region.
The exhibition, which will be on show until January 2015 at the comprehensive convention and exhibition venue, aims to educate the general public on Qatar’s artistic and cultural journey through the ages. A range of objects will be on display including rare manuscripts, weapons, maps, clothing and antiques, amongst others. Each of the items tells a story about daily life from Qatar’s many different communities.
Through fostering a spirit of national participation to reflect on traditions and ages gone-by, Mal Lawal also creates a sense of national pride whilst preserving the country’s cultural history and roots for generations to come.
As culture becomes an increasingly important focus in Qatar, Nasser Al Hammadi, the Curator and Heritage expert at the National Museum of Qatar and Chairperson of the Second Edition on Mal Lawal commented, “Mal Lawal is just one example of how the community can play an important role in showcasing our nation’s culture. Such exhibitions educate visitors about national identity and allow collaboration not only between Qatar and the wider GCC but between museum bodies and the general public.”
This second instalment builds upon the highly acclaimed first Mal Lawal Exhibition held in 2012, where both collectors and artists exhibited their work to promote the education of, and engagement with, Qatar’s history and heritage.
The Mal Lawal Exhibition is the latest addition to an already extensive list of experiences and upcoming events on offer in Qatar, giving visitors a taste of local culture and history. With breath-taking architecture and an array of museums, the destination is establishing itself as the cultural hub of the Middle East.
Highlights include the IM Pei designed Museum of Islamic Art, featuring one of the world’s largest collections of Islamic art; Souq Waqif, a famous market dating back at least a hundred years, where traditional garments, spices, and handicrafts are waiting to be discovered; and Katara Cultural Village, an artistic and cultural centre which holds events in the fields of theatre, literature, music, visual art, conventions and exhibitions.
In addition, December 2014 will see the opening of the National Museum of Qatar, designed by architect Jean Nouvel.