Saturday, October 29, 2011

God is Beautiful; He loves Beauty Symposium in Doha

The main reason for my trip to Doha is to attend The fourth biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, the fascinating symposium God is Beautiful; He loves Beauty, held at the Museum of Islamic Art and organised by Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom.
Last night was the opening ceremony. After being welcomed to the museum by Sheikha Al Mayassa Al Thani the keynote Speaker was Paul Goldberger who is the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker. He described the museum designed by I.M.Pei in its historical context and discussed the importance of the container and that which it contains.
I live in a world of images not words and so to be put in this beautiful space and to have it described by language that I understood at the same time was an exciting experience for me. He described the modern museum as a place that brings together like minded people and that it is an experience for the soul.
The building is a combination of circles squares and triangles and is located on an island connected to the Corniche.
After the talk everyone was invited to dinner in one of the wings of the Museum.
Today the Symposium starts at 9 am and I look forward to learning more about the works of art housed in this mighty structure.

To connect with the museum click on this link
The Museum of Islamic Art

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