Museum of Islamic Art Park, Qatar Architecture, Doha Landscape, Architect, MIA Project
Museum of Islamic Art Park Doha : Qatar
Cultural Development in The Gulf, Middle East – design by I M Pei, architect
8 Dec 2008
Museum of Islamic Art Park
Design: I M Pei
QATAR MUSEUMS AUTHORITY TO OPEN MIA PARK DESIGNED BY PEI PARTNERSHIP ARCHITECTS OF NEW YORK IN DECEMBER 2011
Richard Serra Sculpture, his first public work in the Middle East to be Installed This Month on the Grounds of the Museum of Islamic Art
(QMA) has announced that it will open MIA Park, a new cultural destination on Doha’s Corniche, on December 16, 2011. Located on the grounds of the world-renowned Museum of Islamic Art, the nearly 280,000-square-meter (68-acre), crescent-shaped park is designed by Pei Partnership Architects of New York and will feature a vertical steel sculpture by internationally acclaimed American artist Richard Serra. The as-yet-untitled sculpture is Richard Serra’s first public artwork in the Middle East. Details of the MIA Park’s grand opening and related public events will be announced at a later date.
“MIA Park will be a dynamic place of learning and exploration for children, families and art enthusiasts, with cultural, educational and recreational activities designed to attract one and all,” said QMA Chairperson Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. “We are especially proud that this new destination will feature an extraordinary work by Richard Serra, one of the leading sculptors of our time. Like the Museum of Islamic Art itself, Richard Serra’s sculpture will serve as a beacon for the arts in Qatar and will further the QMA’s mission to encourage global cultural exchange and introduce the Doha community to art from around the world.”
“It is my hope that the sculpture will provide both a public place and a private space for people to gather and experience the narrow, vertical, open column in relation to themselves, the Museum of Islamic Art, the city of Doha, the surrounding sea, and the sky as seen through the opening at the top of the sculpture,” said Richard Serra.
MIA Park will include five kilometers (more than three miles) of lighted pedestrian pathways shaded by native palm trees. Visitors will also find paddle boats for rent in a small cove in Doha Bay, as well as a café and kiosks offering refreshments. Year-round public activities at MIA Park will include film screenings, sports events, storytelling programs and art workshops. MIA Park will be developed in phases, with additional elements and amenities to be announced in the future.
About Qatar Museums Authority
Established in 2005 by His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani to combine the resources of all museums in the State of Qatar, Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) is a governmental organization whose remit is to develop museums and cultural institutions and provide an effective system for collecting, protecting, preserving and interpreting historic sites, monuments and artifacts. Under the leadership of its Chairperson H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa, QMA is transforming the State of Qatar into a cultural hub of the Middle East. The Museum of Islamic Art, inaugurated in 2008, is the Authority’s flagship project. The organization won further global acclaim with the December 2010 opening of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. QMA’s goal of becoming a “global leader in the world of museums, art and heritage” will be advanced in the coming years with ambitious, world-class projects, including the Jean Nouvel-designed National Museum of Qatar. For further information, please visit www.qma.org.qa.
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Museum of Islamic Art
Design: I M Pei
The grand staircase at the Museum of Islamic Art, as seen from the main entrance:
The Museum of Islamic Art, Al Corniche, Doha, Qatar
Telephone: +974 422 4444 www.mia.org.qa
The Museum of Islamic Art is open Sat through Mon, Wed & Thu: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm, and Fri: 2:00 – 8:00 pm.
The museum is closed on Tue, December 25 and the first day of Eid.
There is no charge for admission to the museum or to the first Temporary Exhibition.
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Museum of Islamic Art Doha architect : I M Pei
Location: Al Corniche, Doha, Qatar
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