Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha presents Mona Hatoum: Turbulence, the artist’s largest solo exhibition to date in the Arab world.

Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath of Art Reoriented, the exhibition is bringing to the forefront the diversity of Hatoum’s work over the last 30 years.  The exhibition’s premise has evolved from a key new work: Turbulence (2012), a four-by-four-meter square composed of thousands of glass marbles laid directly onto the floor. Placed exactly at the centre of Mathaf’s exhibition space, this installation lies at the heart of a linear but non-chronological presentation of works whereby a number of unexpected juxtapositions echo the complexity through which the artist has managed to challenge, and at times disturb, our experience of the ordinary.

Mona Hatoum: Turbulence consists of more than 70 works ranging from large-scale room installations such as ‘Light Sentence’ (1992) and ‘Suspended’ (2011) to smaller works on paper and sculptural objects such as ‘Projection’ (2006), and ‘Untitled (wheelchair II)’ (1999) respectively. It also includes some of the artist’s kinetic installations such as ‘+ and –’ (1994–2004) and ‘Home’ (1999). The exhibition is punctuated with a number of the artist’s photographs including ‘Van Gogh’s Back’ (1995) and ‘Static Portraits (Momo, Devrim, Karl)’ (2000), as well as documentations of early performances such as ‘The Negotiating Table’ (1983) and ‘Roadwork’s (1985), highlighting the diversity of artistic undertakings that span the artist’s prolific three-decade oeuvre.

Mona Hatoum was born into a Palestinian family in Beirut in 1952 and now lives and works in London and Berlin. She has participated in numerous significant exhibitions including the Turner Prize (1995), The Venice Biennale (1995 and 2005), Istanbul Biennial (1995 and 2011), Cairo Biennale (1998), and the Biennale of Sydney (2006). Solo exhibitions include Centre Pompidou, Paris (1994), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1997), MoMA, Oxford, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (1998), Tate Britain, London (2000) Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Magasin 3, Stockholm (2004), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2005) and Palazzo Querini Stampalia in the context of the Venice Biennale (2009).Recent exhibitions include, Witness, Beirut Art Center (2010), Le Grand Monde, Fundaciòn Marcelino Botìn, Santander (2010), Sammlung Goetz, Munich (2011), You Are Still Here. Arter, Istanbul (2012), Projection, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2012) and Kunstmuseum St Gallen (2013).

The exhibition will be a must-see for anyone visiting Art Dubai 2014.

  • Artists:
    Mona Hatoum
  • Open:
    Friday, 07 February 2014
  • Close:
    Sunday, 18 May 2014
  • Address:
    Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Education City, Al Huqoul St, Doha, Qatar
  • Phone:
    +974 4402 8855/8830
  • Web:
  • Opening hour:
    Tue – Sun | 11am – 6pm; Fri | 3pm – 8pm
  • Closing day:
  • Admission:
    25 QR; Free for students and children under 16
  • Photo credits:
    Mona Hatoum: 1. Waiting is forbidden 2006-2008; 2. La grande broyeuse (Mouli-Julienne x 17) 1999, photo by Wim van Neuten. Courtesy of Mathaf


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