Qatar, Indonesia mark deep ties via Year of Culture

Indonesian gold jewellery and textiles are among the objects on display.

Doha: To mark the Qatar-Indonesia 2023 Year of Culture, Qatar Museums is featuring some of the hidden treasures from Indonesia housed within its renowned collections and museums.

“The beautiful artefacts and poignant photographs on display at the Museum of Islamic Art and the Lusail Museum highlight the deep connection between Indonesia and Qatari culture,” said Aisha Ghanem Al Attiya, Director of Cultural Diplomacy for Qatar Museums. 

“Indonesia is the first Southeast Asian country to partner with the Years of Culture initiative, which is a testament to our historic connection and growing cooperation across many sectors,” said Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar H E Ridwan Hassan. 

Following a recent facilities enhancement project and the reimagination and reinstallation of its permanent collection galleries, the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) introduced exciting new galleries dedicated to Southeast Asia, a subject not typically presented in an Islamic art museum. The galleries remind visitors that the region today is home to the largest Muslim community worldwide. Indonesian gold jewellery and textiles are among the objects on display. 

The galleries also highlight the connection between different cultures through exhibits on the trade of commodities and the exchange of ideas across the Islamic World and beyond. MIA Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs Shaika Nasser Al Nassr said: “At MIA, we tell the story of the spread of Islam around the world and its influence on art and culture. The new MIA makes that story complete with the addition of galleries on the Indian Ocean region and Southeast Asia.”

The full-year programme for the Qatar-Indonesia 2023 Year of Culture will feature a host of performances, exhibitions, sporting and culinary events, photography projects, residency and volunteer programmes, and more. 

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