The world of art offers a different experience, unlike any other. People are taken on a magical journey through the art work created by various artists. Speaking of art, the Al Markhiya Gallery Qatar was born to give rise to the world of art and Arab artists. The gallery offers exposure to some of the creative and innovative chances for the locals and others from around the world.

Young artists are given a platform to represent their art work, which will be recognized around the world and within Qatar. All kinds of exhibitions are held giving wide exposure to the world of art.

The first exhibition was held back in 2008 at Souq Waqif. The gallery shifted to Katara Art Center in 2014 which become a permanent exhibition place.  With its success, Al Markhiya Gallery opened its second place close to the Doha fire station studios. The months of September till May have seen several exhibitions which of course have brought in something new each time. Tourists visiting from around during the summers, can see some of the exquisite art collection.

The envisioned dream of AL Markhiya Gallery Qatar
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Being one of the most significant galleries in Qatar, Al Markhiya takes the initiative to a lot of things on an artistic level. It promotes development of Arab art world, not only at the local level but also globally.  Building a network of regional as well as international contemporary artists establishing an opportunity to provide a significant exposure. The gallery conducts various exhibitions and events so that the artists can take a step forward and present their creativity to the world.  The gallery’s mission is to promote and represent the group of artists in Qatar, beyond the national boundaries.  It seeks collaborations with the major international galleries and participate in the exhibitions that are held in partnership. Al Markhiya gallery consults with various collectors, corporate clients assessing and the reflecting strategies

Al Markhiya Gallery Qatar
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Art is a form of expressions that people connect with on various levels, especially artists.  They say words say a lot but paintings say much more. Speaking of art, Al markhiya gallery Qatar hosts several exhibitions that gives exposure to a whole new world of art.

Connections: Celebrating Qatar

Connections is one of the finest and exclusive exhibitions show showcases the work of all the Qatar artists studied in the USA.  Several artists who have studied art and design are given a wide platform to showcase of their best work. The artwork showcases how artists connect with the outside world including their own personal lives. The major contribution has been to the Qatar- USA year of culture 2021.  To assist in creating and promoting cultural exchanges and connecting with one another, the year of culture was given birth too.

Precaution: Created By Faraj Daham

Once a upon a time, Reason was a support to bring out ideas, but times have changed. It is said that our experiences are our biggest teachers as it teaches us to reach big heights of the unseen world. Pharmaceutical politics has been intertwined with hope which means to save the population. The problem has become a façade that has tampered with culture and social environment. Various forms of garments are taken: a leather shield, silver metal chains, or a leather veil attached to the neck or hand by precaution and prudence.

The result is limitation, control and compulsion, seen in precaution. The oscillation of trust and understanding to the old doctrine with the new ideas of the modern world, is what presence causes. A blend of both brings forth a different meaning of precautionary policy concerns- starting with internal monitoring and external tracking- leading to exploring new ideas of knowledge and memory. Actions, tribulations and setting a new course to self-morality is brought into question.

Seasons Melodies

The artist are given a new meaning to the landscapes and interiors with several blocks of colors and has brought out elegance in the natural light. The art showcases a sense of serenity, and attracts the audience to come closer and study the subject in detail.

The artist has used rich and harmonic colors and the paint is applied in thick coats to accentuate the interiors in heavy textures.  Sun, wind and water are reverberated with a fine glow that connects the viewer with nature. It is one of the many attractions in Doha that people should not miss out on.

2030

2030 offers a fine collection of annual summer group exhibitions that support and stimulate visual arts society. Artists and residents from Qatar come together and interact in a creative and intellectual discourse while celebrating a vision that reflects in the history and future aspirations of Qatar.

Narrative

Hilda Hiary and Ali Hassan, a Jordanian artist and Qatari artist have come together to portray their artistic practice on an international platform. A combination of media artwork grabs one’s attention and sparks a debate among the artists.  Portraits of people offer several kinds of elements which include a variety of shapes and colors. Ali Hassa, a well-known artist is known for his signature semi-abstract compositions showcasing three metal sculptures and four paintings.

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Bouthayna Al Muftah and Mubarak Al Thani- A Whole New World of Art

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Hollow Fragments

Al Muftah, in her most recent art work, used media to express her theme. The artist discovers time and the perception of it through the eclectic use of materials. How has culture transformed and does it still have the same symbolism, is one of the many questions often asked. Has globalization and pervasive social media or the internet taken over our history with old traditions that seems to have taken a back seat.

Times have changed the relationship between the basic fundamentals that make up the social, cultural and heritage fabric. The very essence of the decorative elements of why, what, who, when and where have been reduced.

The artist pays attention to narrating a single story of the past repeatedly. The purpose is to keep them alive and fight for its originality and ethnicity through urbanization and globalization. Her recent painting pays homage to the depleting symbolization of the past.

Mubarak Al Thani

The artists body of work has been inspired by the rise of the masses, expansion of cities and change of urban culture, which discovers a wide platform of labeling and shaming, given birth to by culture, socioeconomic status, politics and technological advancements. The changes are visible in beauty and acceptable behavior. Mubarak brings changes in visual life through color, geometric abstraction and literal expressionism.

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Katara- A Different Side To Artistic Work

Katara- A Different Side To Artistic Work
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Miniature 2021

Artists are challenged to create a several works of arts and to curate them in a way that enables them to have a small exhibition within a large presentation. The tiny work of art offers people the chance to interact which is more private and personal. Artists are given the opportunity to present their work through Miniature 2021. For those who are buying paintings for the first time, small art work has more potential and is more accessible as they can be placed anywhere.

Process- Part 4

Process is an exhibition that offers detailed insight into stunning art work. The multi-layered experience is influenced by inspiration and imagination of an artist at work. Artists often day dream about idea that are then translated into their work. The choice of materials and environment allow their ideas to flow.

People are invited to explore an artist’s work by presenting finesses and a sneak peek into various steps taken into changing beautiful artistic objects.

Process- Part 2 and 3

The artistic process is what defines the 2nd and 3rd series of the exhibition. What defines the artistic process? What can be seen in it? The central nervous system is what brings out the creativity in an artist. Art making is a process that offers a range of ideas, passion, research and experimentation, needed to create detailed work of art. Home to a process, the studio is a place where beauty and frustration exist together. Art requires hard work, dedication and motivation to meet all kinds of deadlines, through figure, color light and texture. It showcases the touches of the soul and makes the senses happy.

50 *50

A summer showcase was something that was introduced back in 2017, showcasing Qatari and local artists. Several multiannual exhibitions offer affordable art at first time art collectors. Art work is portrayed within 50*50 centimeters. An outsider is given a platform to discover an artist’s voice.

Watercolor

One of the best places to go to in Qatar is Al Markhiya to discover works of old and new artists in Qatar, from around the world and within the region. Markhiya looks for partnerships and collaborative chances with various galleries around the world. Exposure for local and regional talent is offered at the exhibition. Individual collectors and corporate clients are consulted taking their needs into account and offering a consistent collection reflecting certain interests.

Rebellious Paper

An exclusive online exhibition, “Rebellious Paper” is a collection of artworks created by Mansour El Habre.  The artist works with paintings and printmaking and has transformed his work coming of age in Lebanon. The work of the artist is taken from his memories of the war, bringing up flashes of anxiety and fear in response to the present.  Radical energy is brought out with a blend of abstraction with contrast and texture with bright colors.

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People+ Things By Abushariaa Ahmed

People+ Things By Abushariaa Ahmed
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One of the many things to do in Qatar is to explore the online exhibition “people and things”, an exhibition by Abushariaa Ahmed, a Sudanese artist. Ink drawings rich in ornamental and patterned symbols of his culture and Arabic calligraphy defines his work. Influenced by the 1960 modernist movement, Ahmed gave shape to the country’s identity.

Urban Mood

Urban mood consists of printmaking, comic creation and exploring questions like “where are we now” and “where do we go from here”.

Out of Focus

Sudanese artist, Rashid Diab artwork is showcased on an exclusive on-line exhibition. Ever since he was a child, Rashid has sought after travel and exploring places, people and various of living.  Studying in Spain, he was taught to appreciate the heritage of Sudanese and define images and subject matter drawn from his cultural history.

He has always had a love for painting as it connects to the bigger world. A reflection of humanity, emotions and compassion for the world of color, shape and form.

“Art, for me, is ultimately the connection between human beings. It is also what sustains cultures and indicates the material aspects of civilizations and so, as human beings, we are responsible for maintaining and developing our cultural history.” says Rashid.

Reformat

Reformat’ is a path of cultural grounding orbiting calligraphy in glorification of beauty. The Algerian visual artist, Hamza Bounoua, is a multi- talent artist who debates between Islam, Arabic heritage and modern aesthetics of representation.

Souq Wakif- Authentic Representation Of Art

Souq Wakif- Authentic Representation Of Art
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40 Minus Volume 6

Emerging and Recognized Arab artists in Qatar are given a platform to showcase their work throughout the world. 40 minus volume 6 is one of the most unique exhibitions people should explore at least once.

Apart from this exhibition, there are several others that are held like:

  • My last century
  • Verus and Impressions
  • Mohamad Abla
  • Methologies
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Paintings, textiles, photography, glasswork, wood and clay sculptures are a range of permanent artwork from the Arab world and Middle East discovered at Al Markhiya. Surrounded by stunning artwork, people will be awe- struck and will always come back for more. So, the next time you want to go somewhere, think of Al Markhiya Gallery Qatar.

FAQs

Q1. What is the 2030 exhibition?

2030 offers a fine collection of annual summer group exhibitions that support and stimulate visual arts society. Artists and residents from Qatar come together and interact in a creative and intellectual discourse while celebrating a vision that reflects in the history and future aspirations of Qatar.

Q2. Where is Al Markhiya Gallery located?

Al Markhiya Gallery is located at Katara Art Centre Katara Art Center building, Qatar. The gallery was born to give rise to the world of art and Arab artists. The gallery offers exposure to some of the creative and innovative chances for the locals and others from around the world.

Q3. What are the timings of the gallery?

The gallery timings are 10 am- 9 pm. With its success, Al Markhiya Gallery opened its second place close to the Doha fire station studios. The months of September till May have seen several exhibitions which of course have brought in something new each time.

Q4. What is Rebellious paper?

An exclusive online exhibition, “Rebellious Paper” is a collection of artworks created by Mansour El Habre. The artist works with paintings and printmaking and has transformed his work coming of age in Lebanon. The work of the artist is taken from his memories of the war, bringing up flashes of anxiety and fear in response to the present.

Q5. What are connections: celebrating Qatar about?

Connections is one of the finest and exclusive exhibitions show showcases the work of all the Qatar artists studied in the USA.

Q6. What is Reformat?

‘Reformat’ is a path of cultural grounding orbiting calligraphy in glorification of beauty.

Q7. What are some of the exhibitions held at Souq Wakif?

Some of the exhibitions held at Souq Wakif are:

  • My last century
  • Verus and Impressions
  • Mohamad Abla
  • Methologies
Q8. Who created Rebellious paper?

An exclusive online exhibition, “Rebellious Paper” is a collection of artworks created by Mansour El Habre.