Doha, Qatar – In the sprawling palaces of the Royal Palace Arts Journal, a gallery of works by Qatar’s most acclaimed artisans, there is a palpable sense of pride.
The collection was unveiled this week in a grand ceremony in front of the world’s eyes, and one of the most iconic of Qatar’s modern art treasures.
The works are from the Qatari government’s Modern Arts Collection, a collection of works created in the early 20th century, including masterpieces by the likes of Wassily Kandinsky and Damien Hirst.
Among them is a painting by Qatari artist Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed al-Khader.
“It’s an amazing collection of masterpieces,” says the Qatar-born, UK-educated artist, whose work is also featured on the official Qatar Art Gallery website.
“The Qatar government is trying to create a space where you can see the art in a more realistic and a more contemporary way.”
And so this is an incredible piece of art, the way it’s created and the way the paint has been placed.
“Al Jazeera’s Qatari correspondent, Qubaida Abdallah, travelled to Doha for the unveiling.
He says the Qatans are proud of their art, and their artists have been invited to visit the art gallery in future.
Qatar’s new art sceneThe Qatari artist, Ahmed al‑Khader, has worked for several years as a journalist covering Qatar’s art scene.”
I am very excited to be invited by the Qatar Government to visit its new art gallery,” he said.”
This will be the first time that I have seen any art in its modern era, but that is the reason why I am so excited to visit this new place.
“To be able to see these works, to see the Qatari artists, to learn about their culture, and to see how their work is created is a dream come true.”
The Qatar’s new cultureQatar is a place where people have been known to speak their mind for a long time, and its artists are often the first to speak out on issues of freedom of expression.
“We live in a very tolerant country and it’s very open and welcoming and I’m excited to come here and see some of the best art that is being created in Qatar,” said Qatani.
Al Jazeera spoke to a number of artists, including Al Jazeera’s correspondent Abdallah.
Qatani is keen to get the word out that Qatar is a vibrant, creative and creative country, and he has made a series of videos promoting his work on social media.
He told Al Jazeera that he’s delighted to be a part of this exhibition, as it will help raise awareness of the country’s art and cultural heritage.
“There is a lot of pride in Qatar for its artists and their work, and I think it will definitely raise awareness,” he added.
“So we have to be more positive, more positive and positive.”
The exhibition, which opened last year, is the first exhibition of its kind in the region and marks the opening of the Qatar Art Museum.
The museum is currently under construction in the Gulf city of Doha.
Qatari artists are also keen to raise awareness about their country’s artistic heritage and culture.
“Qatar has been a place for people to talk about their religion, their ethnicity, their culture and they have also been a country that has been known for its creativity,” said Ahmed al Khader.
“So I hope that I can inspire the Qataris, and the Qatis, to do something more positive in their own way.”
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