TEMPORARY PUBLIC ART
We commission and invite artists to create temporary public art that can respond to certain ongoing events and encourage dialogue amongst the community.We commission and invite artists to create temporary public art that can respond to certain ongoing events and encourage dialogue amongst the community.
Martin Creed is a contemporary British artist known for his installations that incorporate vernacular objects. Martin Creed creates works that make people reconsider their understanding of art. Martin Creed’s mutable “Everything is Going to be Alright” installation was newly created for the context of the anniversary of Qatar’s blockade. The installation was originally executed in 1999 and the artwork is one of the great post-conceptualist pieces of the late 20th century. You can view this installation on the outside of AlRiwaq gallery.
Qatari artist Ghada Al Khater displays a neon Sign on the Fire Station Museum Façade to commemorate 1 year of the blockade.
“A Blessing in Disguise” is Ghada’s Arabic answer to Creed’s “Everything is Going to be Alright” which can be viewed at AlRiwaq gallery. The familiar proverb formed a significant part of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s historical speech on July 21st, 2017, in which he addressed the citizens of Qatar for the first time since the start of the blockade. Displayed on the Fire Station’s façade, the sign serves as a simple and gentle reminder that there is always a silver lining.
This original part of the Berlin wall was acquired by Qatar Museums as part of Qatar - Germany Year of Culture 2017 and is now situated in Georgetown University, in Education City.
The Berlin Wall was constructed in 1961 to separate West Berlin and East Berlin during the Cold War ultimately creating two separate sides- the democratic West and the communist East. The concrete wall physically and ideologically divided Berlin, standing as a symbol of oppression for almost three decades. The border was opened on 9th November 1989 allowing free movement for German citizens from East to West Berlin.
West Berlin’s side of the wall was full of artwork detailing the German experience, a stark contrast to the East, where citizens were forbidden from nearing the wall. After the fall of the Berlin wall, graffiti became a way in which artists from all around the world would express how they felt about the division of citizens. The wall now carries messages of hope, freedom and change.