Serra Sculptures Soar in Qatar

Doha -- The Qatar Museums Authority has announced the unveiling of a major landscape commission, 'East-West/West-East', by American artist Richard Serra for the Brouq Nature Reserve, near Zekreet in western Qatar, approximately 60 kilometers from the capital Doha.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are thrilled to visit this monumental exhibition.

Set in a natural corridor formed by gypsum plateaus, East-West/West-East spans over a kilometer in length, and crosses the peninsula of the Brouq nature reserve connecting the waters of the Gulf.

East-West/West-East consists of four steel plates measured by their relation to the topography.

The plates, which rise to 14.7 meters and 16.7 meters above the ground, are level to each other; they are also level to the gypsum plateaus on either side.

Despite the great distance that the plates span, all four can be seen and explored from either end of the sculpture.

East-West/West-East is the latest addition to Qatar’s growing public art landscape.

These works follow the 2013 unveiling of Damien Hirst’s The Miraculous Journey and joins a collection of other important artworks installed throughout the country including Maman by Louise Bourgeois and Calligraffiti project by eL Seed.

Such public art works take Qatar’s museums beyond the four walls into the world at large so that more people can experience art and creativity in daily life.

This unveiling coincides with the artist’s other solo shows in the Middle East at QMA Gallery at Katara and at Al Riwaq Doha Exhibition Space where visitors can see an ambitious new large-scale work..

The QMA show brings together a fascinating selection of sculptures and drawings from different periods of Serra’s fifty-year career, including works from the seminal One Ton Prop (House of Cards) of 1969, on rare loan from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, alongside his more recent work (Double Torqued Ellipse III, 1999), to present the main stages in the development of his work.

Meanwhile Al Riwaq, a temporary exhibition space in the centre of Doha houses Serra’s new work, hosts 'Passage of Time', which has been made specially for the space that spans a total area of 5000 m2.

The sculpture is made up of two 66.5m long and 4.1m tall weatherproof steel curves that snake diagonally through the site. It was fabricated in Germany at one of the very few steel mills that can take on such monumental steel works.

All three exhibitions are curated by Alfred Pacquement, curator and former Director of the National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Richard Serra at QMA Gallery at Katara and Richard Serra at Al Riwaq Doha exhibition space both run from 10th April to 6th July 2014.