Maqam I, Maqam II, Maqam III by Simone Fattal

This installation by Simone Fattal is located in the Al Zubarah desert, inspired by Qatar’s natural landscape and history.

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Simone Fattal was born in Damascus, raised in Lebanon and currently resides in Paris. In 1969 she began working as a visual artist, exhibiting her paintings until the start of the Lebanese Civil War. In 1988 she enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute, dedicating her time to a newfound interest in sculpture and ceramics. Her work is included in several public collections, such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the National Museum of Qatar (NMOQ), Doha.

three marble sculptures with a manifold shape

Simone Fattal (b. 1942).Maqam I, Maqam II, Maqam III, 2022. Granite, 3.4 x 2.4 x 2.4 m each. Photo: Sarjoun Faour, courtesy of Qatar Museums ©2022

For Maqam, Simone Fattal created three granite sculptures with a manifold shape that can be perceived at once as a dune or a tent.

These shapes, appearing both natural and man-made, coalesce in Fattal’s contemporary structures, deeply connecting them with the archetypes present in the landscape and history of Qatar. The sculptures were fabricated in Brittany, France, and shipped to Qatar. The local blue granite was especially selected by the artist for the works to stand out in the naturally pink surroundings, providing a visual landmark.