tv Doc Film - Battle of the Museums - Artistic Patronage in the Gulf Deutsche Welle July 15, 2018 1:30pm-2:00pm CEST
some. melting monday. morning. yes. i mean maybe but sure if you know that living like that i'm going to handle that real estate. market find us on facebook and on dot com. they build the most beautiful museums and they buy the most expensive art almost like a competition the united arab emirates and qatar. they invest huge sums of money on expanding their collections in universities and libraries the best architects in the world work for the desert states but the countries are in dispute with one another. what is the purpose behind the gulf nations run architecture and art.
because they are museums we do actually have a very open and diverse look into the audience the culture what we need to bring we do bring things into the country from different cultures but we also take things to different cultures like this to actually see what we are and who we are actually the our plan is to continue making museums and continue showing our collections and showing educating the public about the different times different histories different cultures that we've all been through. here in doha many people collect art including the ruling family attorney in terms of cultural investment counter is among the world's leaders although it's a small country only some twenty thousand square kilometers in size. today is
a public holiday and everyone is out and about both the qatari citizens and the many hundreds of thousands of foreign workers from india and pakistan and many other countries. qatar believes in education for everyone and entire new city district has emerged you know has education city its center piece recently opened the national library admission is free books can also be borrowed for free both by locals and immigrant workers. this library was built by dutch star architect rem koolhaas today called us wants to see how it's used by the public it's his first visit since its completion there are more than a million books here and there is no censorship. in
working in doha is it going to really work a lesson in optimism. i think that every started maybe thinking about the library ten eight years ago and and then we were communicating of course with local qatari services. and they all were extremely confident that there will be a culture here to accommodate and to use this kind of institution even though at the time you know if you looked around their work at a very few sciences and as a typical skeptical european you started ok maybe. there would say there will be a metro so it'll be connected to the city and you think ok maybe put all my skepticism that has. me of reparations and it's really the reality of what they're
nonstick was there even before they set the advantage without them mr. carter was the first gulf nation to introduce the right for women to vote and local elections that was only in the late one nine hundred ninety s. . the women may also hold state offices. and the majority of students are female. one of the women with influence in cultural affairs as library director someone here was telling the egyptians spent many years in new york you know she runs an institution that is already the heart of education city. but once you don't mean those who don't like me or painting the whole space it's fight or peace but the one that will get most striking features once you come in you will find the heritage library and it looks like and it's at
their base outside like an archaeological site and that the message in there is this is. their goal it's in the heart of the way and you can find that a lot of the nation and for building a library in that way with him alive been there as a bishop and it shows how the heritage of that country is so again and at the same time the building at the end this way it's opened. a new education city will soon be completed public transportation will connect the district with the city it will also ensure the stadiums can be reached during the fee for soccer world cup in twenty twenty two don't want to seems to be one huge construction site. but investments are not limited to buildings that bring pristine. domestic art scene is emerging sponsored by the ruling family.
an exhibition in berlin is showing contemporary art from qatar for the first time. to. shake up a remote tiny is one of the people responsible for the exhibition. she's a member of the qatari ruling family and one of many women who have a say in qatari culture. yes for a long time we had been in all the oil a state but then realized that isn't sustainable and we have to diversify their versus our education diverse our needs that where is our economy is that verse an art culture education there's so many things that we need to be diverse and we have a thirty twenty thirty years and i actually up was that on it's people and people
living in the country. the all the appear cosmopolitan and modern but at the same time they want to maintain their ties to the better when tradition. it goes without saying that this leads to a certain amount of tension. cutters museums work with some of the world's greatest artists including american richard serra. his sculpture east west west east depict points of view and distances. cutter's move to contemporary aren't was driven above all by a shake of. the sister of the ruling came in or. cutter's ambassador to
germany explains her importance well she she is the role model for the arts and culture in quetta in qatar but also on the war and she give so much you know attention to this and she's leading this in different initiatives and exhibit sions in the war because she believed in it and she want to develop more and more. in the top specially but also on the board. each year qatar invests many millions of euros in art and culture. this exhibition in berlin shows contemporary art from the emirate for the first time it concludes the german qatari cultural year which follows cultural years with britain japan and china the culture here is one of the all the
small country of connor is trying to attract powerful friends with its art. he says we are definitely a multi multi cultural state we have if you look at the demographics there's only thirteen percent of qatari regional people there and then the rest are from all around the world and that does affect their daily life and it makes it more engaged and makes it more day now and then just say we're more open to different cultures and different peoples identity ways that even the way we understand the great things a lot of us big bore than one language to be able to accommodate that and we learn it in school. the special jubilees issue of an in-flight magazine features cutter's star museum the museum of islamic art. is an architectural icon built by star architect i am k. . it opened exactly ten years ago it was modeled on classical arab architecture.
at that time the mood in the region was less tense than it is today the m.i.a. is one of the most important collections of islamic art worldwide the common cultural heritage of many islamic countries some of whom are barely on speaking terms museum director you really are going to is it islam ologist from dusseldorf. in can see that this is the first of these new museums here in the gulf region this is where it all started and i have to say it's an unusual building of the void there for you if i were there busy i'm has one of the best collections of islamic art in the world it was brought together by shakes out back in the one nine hundred ninety s. and to thousands. one is among the collection is a collection of masterpieces and i'm so everything you find here is always the best of the best. give us the that's the heart of the unique collection of masterpieces with by and by you may have seen the blue cover all of ours up stairs made of
enameled glass there's no other like it anywhere. none of the museums in qatar charge an entrance fee art is open to everyone the tourists the qatari and also the foreigners who often work here for little pay. the exhibits come from many islamic countries. sheikh so din mohammed ali tani founded this collection and in addition to the m.i.a. launched a further collection and busy arms including among other things the collection of old writings in the national library. is this a competition among museums. that's coming because that come it can't be seen as a competition to find as i said this is where it started. and has spread because it's been seen that off of the culture play an important role. you know this also
applies to abu dhabi of course and neighboring countries it has to be said that kuwait began collecting very early on if they just never built a big museum but they have a very good collection of islamic art there are lots of people collecting here i wouldn't put the competition so much in the foreground though the political situation has exacerbated it. for the gist of the clips on the wish that. don't has old port appears peaceful but in reality there's a sense of crisis. since june twenty seventeen nowhere craft have been flying from doha to dubai or abu dhabi airspace is closed. six muslim countries have broken off diplomatic relations with connor be accused connor of financing terrorist groups in supporting iran contra rejects that. the crisis has led to cutter's isolation saudi arabia closed the border cutting off counter from the rest of the arabian peninsula the conflict was triggered by an internet posting claiming
that qatar and made positive statements about shiite iran. that messages sent to have been posted from the united arab emirates now there is a sense of crisis in the gulf. including in our dobie. a new cultural district is planned for the artificial island of sadat the island of happiness it will be comparable to education city in doha but with a commercial background three large museums as well as galleries and universities are planned. the new foot on the dummy by french stark attorney john new bedford was the first to open a masterpiece as grand as the m.i.a. in. a cathedral for art. he could hardly be any bigger or more spectacular. only one of the component of the weight of the dome doesn't matter that the lighter
it is the better more importantly this dome is a spiritual central thing a cathedral is a spiritual place and the dome is always a symbol of heaven and universal thoughts should find a place here to go to the dome is also there to influence the light because in arab architecture geometry and light always co-exist this is a can of maddux of light in relation to arab history and its architecture something very vivid in relation to the time in which we live the gospel on your gums and. now you can find works of art from all over the world in this replica of an arab medina. loans from the head office such as the walking man a sculpture by ogust called down and works from the abu dhabi collection and compliment each other. the real cost of all this is anyone's guess
a billion euros for the naming rights along. eight thousand six hundred square metres of exhibition space. fifty five individual buildings. more than a dozen partner museums. works range from li or not or to vinci to i way way. nudity is treated with restraint here on of respect for the country's islamic. but the super museum is designed to build bridges to connect the world to impress it. worked really hard to keep the dialogue between these civilizations and to have a presentation of the work in the in an interesting game as your graphic your monitor that makes their work communicate and speak to each other and really
highlight their similarities in the manner that we. divided these artworks based on the time they were in but also the subject of the exchanges that happened between the east and the west obviously i mean when speaking about to me it was a place that you know halls you know people were crossing different from crossing through the three truths. that we have them and all of civilizations that's good to be seen or even we were pleased that's catty different inspirations from the east to the west and. architecture is always embodied grandeur and power museums can do this just as well as churches or mosques the sheikh syud mosque and i'm going to be was completed in two thousand and eight and has room for forty thousand worshippers. when it comes to power size is not
a bad argument. abu dhabi's sheikh siad mosque stands with the new museum alongside other prestigious buildings that promote the gulf state. i wonder for building but above all it is a building for the well to do. visitors pay some fourteen euro's half of that for thirteen to twenty two year olds that might not sound like much but it's far too expensive for workers in the am or. to earn only about one hundred seventy year olds a month. despite its architectural genius and universal flair the museum glosses over these contradictions. mohammad barak is head of the national tourism and cultural authority and one of the most important men in abu dhabi is real estate industry. and culture is what's
going to bring us all together. this museum is a center of education it's a center of acceptance it's a center of tolerance it's a center of connectivity. visitors from all over the world will visit this museum and they will see a part of their culture about of their history in this museum it will show them how we are all connected how this world is connected. the no w. will probably remain a museum for the upper class the architect has no control over that he provides the experience but cannot affect the workers' salaries the building provides the simple framework for great art and is already in itself.
enough to take the many green and then architect manipulates reality adds functions to existing elements from it when you work in context you discover things you can only do here and nowhere else you can do it in berlin or paris or new york it's good if a building has such roots but it will get us to. the louvre i would be still seems isolated but the united emirates are planning something big and saadiyat island two more museums are to be built the guggenheim museum paramo dobbin designed by star architect frank gehry and right next to it the national museum by norman foster. the plans for this have been around for a long time the foundation work has been completed but abu dhabi's cultural prestige object the island of happiness a lagoon landscape with luxury apartments museums schools and universities is not on schedule is it built on sand.
possible opening dates have not been announced. joan rivers cathedral of art also took longer than planned. it's finally open. back to doha joan rivers next museum building will open in cutter the national museum is scheduled for completion in december twenty eighth team one year after the new vob adoptee. the museum already has a nickname the desert rose this refers to the rows like crystal formations that develop in desert areas the nouvelle the master of context design the building following nature's example. the idea was it was also.
had to do a such building yeah we destroy an image and strong good relation with with the context of the of the deserts. soon people can compare the national museum in doha with the louvre in opera dr which one is the better of the two. the national day parade is due to begin but you can feel the tension will it even take place. in two thousand and sixteen aleppo was under siege. carter was on the side of the rebels it didn't want to send out the wrong signals with the parade so it was cancelled. but this time everything goes according to plan. despite opposing positions counter unlike the saudis is seeking an
understanding with iran this is also due to the fact that both countries share the largest natural gas field in the world and are therefore dependent on each other for the saudis iran is their arch enemy they want to maintain the status quo in their own country while a counter is counting on gradual development. before the national museum genre vell had already designed a building for a counter but don't tar a symbol of the new cutter. at the top of the two hundred thirty meter high office building we meet halfway direct can john novas area manager how does he see the competition for museums and the
best start in the gulf. in fact that bought off then move it off music. would that be and the national museum of got that. culture in museums however there are. two different museum but they got it to the programs for for instance for the national museum is many a focus on the good to the side of get that the society there are constructing bridges to to being the nominee to have that. sixty percent of carter's gross domestic product still comes from oil but the state is increasingly focusing on the financial sector. tourism is also expected to play a role. and the education of its own people fifty percent of the people here are
under thirty years old this is one of the reasons for the country's my talent not just the abundance of wealth. the. images of a mere time mean been how much tiny are everywhere these people celebrate quietly without excitement or slogans to criticize their neighbors states the gulf states are engaged in cultural expansion and want to build bridges to the world with their prestigious buildings but at the moment they're not talking to each other enough. to.
love it can't be a phone call center every nation wants to have to expose its people to all kind of an immense act which helps them become a bigger seconds and then better citizen of the way being able to play trivia just has a way not only a contributor as a state so i don't think it's a competition as much as. some people are blessed like the gulf region way is an extract resources that allows them to like that of having to build as in your family at the same find and so i think it's it's wonderful. perhaps the gulf states will find each other again through their common culture richard serra sculpture east west west east represents points of view and distances tensions and connections one key to resolving the conflict may stand an hour and a half strong. from doha but you need
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