Qatar Museums (QM) has presented Mathafek 2021 virtually aimed at giving residents and netizens around the globe a chance to “get closer to our museums” amid the Covid-19 situation.
Mathafek, themed “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine” this year, coincided with the International Museum Day on Tuesday (May 18). Mathafek events are held annually to “provide experiences that motivate local communities, showcase subjects that touch everyday lives, and create the conditions for creativity to flourish in Qatar.”
“Through Mathafak, we give you behind the scenes access to our museums, collections and team. It is an open space for you to make your own memories that you, yourself, would share with the world; it is an opportunity for you to see for yourself where artifacts, costumes, and different art pieces are kept, as well as, experience the working environment of our researchers and museum professionals,” QM said on its website.
“This year, our Mathafek programme is going to be a little different than every year. This pandemic has taught us to get you closer to our museums even when a physical visit is not possible.”
In an email sent to Culture Pass members, QM said participants can get easy access to art and culture from the comfort of their homes via a unique 2021 programme, which is also a special dedication to Museum of Islamic Art (MIA).
QM urged people to visit MIA online and “have a closer look” at its stunning artifacts and galleries.
In 2020, Google Arts & Culture found a way for people to virtually visit museums, including MIA, as well as the National Museum of Qatar and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, and to view an array of collections: from textiles, woodwork, metalwork, and jewellery to coins and glasses, among others.
Previous Mathafek saw QM organising a series of talks on ‘How to become a museum professional’ and ‘Collection guardians’, in addition to workshops and ‘Curator tours’, ‘Behind the scene tours’, and ‘Tell a tale at the museum’ tours.
Visitors can also explore the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum’s (FBQ Museum) designated Carpet Museum at West Bay online, which is “home to over 900 carpets with intricate hand-woven rugs among the most exclusive acquisitions from Iran, India, and Turkey, Caucasian, Afghani, Albanian, Armenian, Iraqi and North African countries.”
Carpet Museum curator Chady Elbaik takes visitors “on a journey to discover behind-the-scenes insight into the elaborate steps that lead from acquisition to final display in the museum.”
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