Hurray! Qatar reopens Islamic museum ahead of World Cup

Doha

Good news comes from the host of the World Cup, Qatar. The iconic Islamic museum has reopened.

Qatar Museum reopened the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) on Tuesday (4/10/2022). This museum finally opened itself after previously carried out renovations that lasted for 18 months. The refurbishment project includes the process of reimagining and re-installing the gallery’s permanent collection.

“We are the largest Islamic Art Museum in the region and we are in the middle of the Arab world,” said museum director Julia Gonnella. AFP.

“Where can you learn better about Islamic culture, art and history here?” he said.

Islamic Museum of Art DohaDoha Islamic Museum of Art. Photo: Fajar Pratama/Detikcom

The museum exhibits 14 centuries of Islamic art and artifacts from around the world. The museum is built on a purpose-built island in Doha’s waterfront promenade.

The museum building is the work of the late US architect, IM Pei. He is one of the most famous architects of the 20th century.

The five-story museum is redesigning its collection with about two-thirds of the museum’s thousand new exhibits.

Islamic Museum of Art DohaDoha Islamic Museum of Art. Photo: Fajar Pratama/Detikcom

“It used to be just about art, now it’s about culture,” Gonnella said.

“We really wanted to tell the story behind the masterpiece.”

Qatar has spent billions of dollars on a new stadium for the World Cup, which kicks off November 20, 2022. In addition, the government has also erected dozens of public works of art including opening the Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum earlier this year.

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