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Friday, September 23 2022 - 21:00
Qatar Museums Announces Exchange of Exhibitions, Programs, and Scholarly Cooperation with The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
DOHA, Qatar, Sept. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Qatar Museums announced today a collaboration encompassing the exchange of 
exhibitions, programs, and scholarly cooperation with New York City's 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, on the occasion of the reopening of Doha's 
reinstalled and reimagined Museum of Islamic Art, and in celebration of the 
tenth anniversary of the opening of The Met's Galleries for the Art of the Arab 
Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia. Qatar Museums has 
provided a generous gift to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in recognition 
of Qatar's support, a gallery at The Met presenting art from the Umayyad and 
Abbasid Periods (7th–13th centuries) has been named the Qatar Gallery.

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The collaboration serves as a legacy project of Qatar Museums' 2021 Year of 
Culture programme, which celebrated the strong ties between Qatar and the 
United States. As part of the institutions' collaboration, Qatar Museums has 
lent works from its renowned collections to The Met for exhibitions – including 
Jerusalem in the Middle Ages (2016), Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: 
Opulence and Fantasy (2015), The Great Age of the Seljuks (2016) and Monumental 
Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey (2019) – and works from The 
Met's collection will go on view in Doha on October 26 in the inaugural special 
exhibition Baghdad: Eye's Delight at the Museum of Islamic Art. 

Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson 
of Qatar Museums, said, "The establishment of the Qatar Gallery at The 
Metropolitan Museum of Art highlights the collegiality between our institutions 
and our desire to advance a crucial goal we hold in common, to heighten 
appreciation everywhere for the art of the Islamic world. We are proud to come 
together with The Met to honor the beauty, depth, and variety of a global 
tradition that spans fourteen centuries."

Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director of The Met, commented: "The Met is 
deeply grateful to Qatar Museums for this extraordinary act of generosity. This 
gift is the latest instance of the longstanding relationship between our 
institutions and marks the start of a broad collaboration encompassing the 
exchange of exhibitions, programs, and scholarly cooperation. This critical 
support is especially meaningful as we mark the 10th anniversary of the opening 
of The Met's renovated galleries, which continue to be a source of great 
interest and inspiration for our millions of yearly visitors."

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SOURCE  Qatar Museums