イスラム芸術博物館Museum of Islamic art, Doha

Although the UAE has boasted of bringing the Louvre to the Middle East, it’s oil and gas-rich rival country Qatar is not one to be beaten. The architect of the Louvre in Paris had already designed the Museum of Islamic Artルーブル美術館の建設を進めるアラブ首長国連邦は鼻が高いかもしれないが、石油とガス資源が豊かなライバル国カタールも負けてはいない。パリのルーブル美術館の設計で有名な建築家が、既にドーハに博物館を設計しているからだ






Museum of Islamic art, Doha
住所:Corniche, Doha Harbour, Qatar
TEL:+974 422 4444

Text: Mamiko Kawakami
Translation: Yuki Mine
in the capital city of Doha. Chinese-American architect, I.M. Pei, whose portfolio includes the legendary glass pyramid of the Louvre Paris, was responsible for the unique blocky museum which opened in 2008.

Pritzker Prize-winning Pei toured the Middle East at the age of 90 for an understanding of Islamic culture, before deciding that the design should reflect the influence of the sun on the desert-dwelling tribes of the region. Pei defines his design concept: “This severe architecture comes to life in the sun, with its shadows and shades of colour.”

The architect carefully selected Shamisen stones from France to build the geometrically designed building, to protect thoroughly against the harsh sun, the heat and the salt heavy sea water. While Pei was busy designing the museum’s exterior, the Qatari royal family were busy assembling the collection for the interior display.

The ruling al-Thani family made a habit of visiting London’s top auction houses while the building was still in the planning stages, to collect rare works of Islamic art. News of their visits reportedly pushed up artefacts to 10 times their original estimates.

A centrepiece of their efforts is one of the world’s oldest Quranic manuscripts, dating from the late 7th to the early 8th century. When the museum opened, the oil-rich family had spent over US$300 million on the collection, which is generously open to public to see free of charge.

Museum of Islamic art, Doha
Address: Corniche, Doha Harbour, Qatar
Opening Hours: 10:30-17:30 (Friday 14:00-20:00)
Closed on Tuesday
Tel: +974 422 4444

Text: Mamiko Kawakami
地址:Corniche, Doha Harbour, Qatar
电话:+974 422 4444

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