On 1 February, the Qatar Germany 2017 programme was launched in Qatar – connections between Germany and Qatar are to be boosted by joint projects in the spheres of art, culture and sport.
Opening ceremony with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra
Literature and art workshops, film screenings, discussions, concerts, sports competitions and trade fairs: these and other events are being staged in Qatar as part of the Qatar Germany 2017 programme. It is being organised by the Goethe‑Institut Gulf Region, the German Embassy in Doha and the Embassy of Qatar in Germany. The main partner on the Qatari side is Qatar Museums, a cultural institution which brings together galleries and exhibition spaces and boosts networking between cultural players.
On 1 February 2017, Qatar Germany 2017 was launched in a ceremony featuring a concert by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra with the German conductor David Niemann and the German soloist Gerhard Oppitz.
Two major exhibitions in the autumn
Together with Volkswagen and Deutsche Bank, Qatar Museums will stage two exhibitions in Doha in autumn 2017. In cooperation inter alia with Vitra Design Museum, Volkswagen is to present an exhibition on German design from 1950 to the present day. Icons of automobile history by Porsche but also design classics such as furniture and objects depict the success story of German design and give an indication of what the future might hold.
Deutsche Bank is exhibiting masterpieces from its collection which give a rich overview of the development of German art, and thus also the history of the country, from the 1960s to the present day. The high‑profile collection takes in pieces by classic artists such as Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke as well as contemporary works by Neo Rauch, Katharina Grosse and Annette Kelm.
Alongside the exhibitions, many different events will be held in Qatar until May and then, following the summer break, from September to December 2017.