Qatar Museums' airport tour showcases HIA art pieces
July 08 2018 10:24 PM
Cosmos, installed at HIA, is the latest addition to Qatar’s extensive public art programme
Cosmos, installed at HIA, is the latest addition to Qatar’s extensive public art programme

Culture Pass (CP) members in Qatar will have a chance to see Qatar Museums (QM)'s public art pieces both ‘landside’ and 'airside' at Hamad International Airport (HIA) on July 24.

QM holds ongoing tour series to a number of significant cultural attractions throughout Qatar to create a "memorable and cultural experience for CP members".
The upcoming tour at HIA, which will be guided by QM staff, will feature artworks by local, regional and international artists.
The schedule of the tour is from 4.30pm to 8pm.
QM noted that such spaces are limited to a first-come, first-served basis (up to 50 applicants per tour).
The cutoff date for applicants is Tuesday.
No children under 18 years are allowed and tour applications are subject to Airport Security clearance.
QM and HIA had earlier announced that a new public art piece was installed at the award-winning airport created by internationally acclaimed contemporary French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel.
Named Cosmos, the new installation is the latest addition to Qatar’s extensive public art programme, which aims to connect audiences living in and visiting the country with inspiring works of art.
The public art piece represents a colossal celestial globe echoing the trajectories of travellers from around the world, with more than 30mn passengers passing through HIA last year.
Artworks on display at HIA comprise a mix of site-specific creations, as well as art that has especially chosen, transforming one of the world’s fastest-growing airports into an innovative space beyond the walls of a gallery.
Cosmos joins other work such as the hugely popular Lamp Bear by Urs Fischer, the recently unveiled Small Lie by KAWS, a series of Oryx sculptures by Dutch artist Tom Claassen, and installations titled Playground by American artist Tom Otterness, among others.
Other regional and international artists featured at the airport include Adel Abdessemed, Dia Azzawi, Ahmed al-Bahrani, Maurizio Cattelan, Don Gummer, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Marc Quinn, Anselm Reyle, Rudolf Stingel and Bill Viola.

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