Art Mill Museum 2030 – Qatar Flour Mills Warehouse, Qatar
24 Oct — 30 Mar 2023
The exhibition Art Mill Museum 2030, which will present the vision of the museum, the architectural project and the signature garden, will be on view in two locations: the site of the flour mill on Doha’s Corniche, built in the 1990s, that is being creatively reimagined as the site of the museum, and Al Najada Heritage House #15.
Each venue will present different aspects of the development of the Art Mill Museum and be free of charge for visitors.
Site 1: From Flour to Art
The installation From Flour to Art introduces the vision for the museum and gives the public its first opportunity to enter what will be part of the future complex. Visitors will see how the architect Alejandro Aravena and ELEMENTAL will reimagine the existing building, characterised by its spectacular concrete silos, to produce a museum that incorporates a creative village and public garden. The evolution of the project, from the international design competition in 2016 to now, will be revealed through an engrossing display that includes original models, drawings and renderings.
“The Art Mill Museum will place Arab modern and contemporary art in the context of global art, allowing us to further engage with the rest of the world by creating new, unexpected narratives.”
Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums
To reflect the transformation of the site and demonstrate how the Art Mill Museum will be a place for contemporary creativity, Qatar Museums has commissioned artists to create films and photographs establishing the parallels between the flour mill and the future museum. The commissioned artists are Yasmina Benabderrahmane (b. 1983, France), Mohammed Kamal Al Emadi (b. 1988, Qatar), François-Xavier Gbré (b. 1978, France), Ali Kazma (b. 1971, Turkey), Amal Al Muftah (b. 1994, Qatar), Shaima Al-Tamimi (b. 1984, Yemen/Kenya).
Site 2: The Museum’s Garden
The second part of Art Mill Museum 2030, titled The Museum’s Garden, is installed at Al Najada Heritage House #15, a recently renovated house near Souq Waqif. This presentation is devoted to the development of the signature garden of the Art Mill Museum, designed by VOGT Landscape Architects, and its inspirations. A display of VOGT’s drawings and a selection of beautifully illustrated reference books from the collection of Qatar Museums and loans from Qatar National Library and from Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, will highlight the reinterpretation of traditional Islamic gardens. Also on view will be two artworks: a mosaic by Hamra Abbas (b. 1976, Kuwait) and a commissioned film by Amal Al Muftah produced in collaboration with Doha Film Institute (DFI).