(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Walkthrough and travel to old Msheireb in an art exhibition of paintings called“Mahalat” (shops) by one of the pioneers of the modern art movement in the country, Qatari artist Yousef Ahmed.
Minister of Culture, H E Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad bin Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani inaugurated the event and was attended by Chairman of Qatar Art Center, Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed Al Thani; Msheireb Properties CEO Nasser Al Kawari; and Director of Msheireb Museums, Hafez Ali Ali Abdulla. Artist Yousef Ahmed revealed to The Peninsula that his 41 paintings were from his visual memory.
“Most of these paintings were brought from my memory, there's no photo resource or source for these paintings. There is no photo equal from these paintings.”Ahmad said he wanted the viewer to be able to experience his paintings as an invitation to voyage the old Msheireb.“That's why you don't' see any human figure in my painting, the reason for that is I invite you as a viewer, as an audience to come inside the painting and you can walk and go in,” he explained.
Moreover, he disclosed that he wanted to be able to bring the memory back to people who used to live in that area.
“Everybody's busy, everybody's in a hurry, everybody's not getting free time to see, to watch, and this one at least will bring them back again to that time and that area plus for the new generation to know that area was just like this.”
The exhibit is a journey of Kahraba and Abdullah bin Thani streets which play an important role in Qatari history being the first commercial area that had electricity. The streets were established after oil was discovered.
Msheireb Museums Director Hafiz Ali Ali Abdulla told The Peninsula that the exhibit is an important one for Msheireb Museums in documenting a very significant aspect in Qatari history.“Msheireb played a big role in the changing of community and inspiring people to think about how they can look into the future, we want to get them to understand how the development of the new shops, new things happened in the past and how does in the future we will see the new development of Msheireb.”
The paintings were depicted from the late 1950s to 1970s, said Dr. Abdulla.
The Mahalat exhibit is open to the public at Mohammed bin Jassim House at Msheireb Museums from Saturday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm and Friday, from 3pm to 9pm. It will run until March 2022
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