W Doha Hotel & Residences’ Art 29 to showcase the work of Qatari artist Abdulwahed Al-Mawlawi

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W Doha Hotel & Residences, the first luxury lifestyle hotel in Qatar will be playing proud host to the works of local artist Abdulwahed Al-Mawlawi at the property’s in-house Art 29 gallery. The exhibition commenced on May 25th following Ramadan timings of 9:00am to 10:00pm and from June 25th to July 25th will be open for free public viewing from 9:00am to 7:00pm.

Born in 1950, Al-Mawlawi’s is known for his work that focuses on local artistic expression spanning from the late 1990s to 2002. His primary emphasis has been on recording and documenting the local heritage and cultural traditions. The artist’s earliest creative influence was moulded by European Renaissance paintings and he strongly believes in displaying his country’s rich heritage in public, accessible spaces. Hisart depicts scenes from daily life and he wants his work to serve the purpose of reminding people where they are from. Al-Mawlawi’s work is collected by public and private collectors, in the region, alike and in 2011 was featured in an exhibition titled Swalif: Qatari Art Between Memory and Modernity in 2011.

Al-Mawlawi’s first showing was at the Qatar Visual Art Center in 1988 but he has also exhibited at an international level. He has been instrumental in his role of building the legacy of a collective heritage and has chaired the local Gulf Theatre in Qatar in the early 2000’s. The collection that Al-Mawlawi will be showcasing at Art 29 will be managed by Nahed Al Emadi and curated by Abdulrahman Mohammed Al Kubaisi, Lina Ramadan and Wadha Tariq Al Aqeedi. It will be conserved by Claire Dizarny Gargas while the collections team will be headed by Noor K. Al Mawlawi, Ali K. Al Mawlawi and Hamad Al Amarri.

 

The expansive Art 29 space has been established to spark inspiration and nurture creativity by providing a platform to showcase works of both budding and established artists. It has recently played host to the photography exhibition titled “Shifting Spaces & Forgotten Walls by students at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar as well an exhibit by Emergeast, the first online art gallery that brings together emerging Middle Eastern artists and young collectors under one umbrella.

For further information about W Doha Hotel & Residences and its projects, please visit http://www.whoteldoha.com/ or call +974 4453 5000.

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