NMoQ announces TOTAL as official sponsor of new Energy Playground

NMoQ announces TOTAL as official sponsor of new Energy Playground

George Julius Williams | Consulting Editor

Doha: In a high-profile signing ceremony, Qatar Museums (QM) under the patronage of its Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, announced that TOTAL, one of the top integrated oil and gas companies in Qatar, is the official sponsor of the new energy playground at the National Museum of Qatar (NMOQ).

The signing ceremony welcomed, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Ahmad Al Namla, Acting CEO at Qatar Museums, Patrick Pouyanné Total’s Chairman and CEO and Laurent Wolffsheim, Total Qatar Country Chair, in the presence of invited other distinguished guests and media personnel. The collaboration between QM and TOTAL was signed at NMOQ premises on Saturday.

The sponsorship of the energy playground, one of the three playgrounds spread across the museum gardens, will provide a unique experience for families to explore and discover the story of energy, in particular, the story of oil, in relation to Qatar.

The NMoQ playground will be designed for families to engage in intergenerational kinetic play activities; from the extraction of crude oil, through to its processing and even its byproducts that in turn, benefit today’s societies.

The playground can be entered from various pathways – enabling a “choose your own adventure” industrialized experience and will ultimately expose visitors to the future of renewable and non-renewable energy.

The narrative of energy industries, like oil, is an ongoing theme explored across later galleries at NMOQ, which highlight topics such as the discovery of oil, oil negotiations, and correspondences, the rapid modernization the country witnessed due to the oil industry, as well as, the impact it has had on socio-cultural development.

A QM press release quoted Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani stating: “Here at Qatar Museums, we are constantly engaging our community with learning resources that can connect with various groups such as schools, families, as well as today’s youth in general. The energy playground is more than a playground — it’s a place for learning, a place for play — a sector that allowed Qatar to transform its economy to what it is today. Without the energy sector Qatar’s National Vision wouldn’t have been realizable.  We are grateful for Totals sponsorship, as a legacy for Year of Qatar France this playground will be available in 2020 for all of our communities to learn about energy through play.”


Commenting on the successful collaboration, Ahmad Al Namla said: “The energy playground will be a magnificent space for everyone to enjoy. This beautifully new interactive destination will safely teach children about a vital aspect of Qatar’s rich history and enable them to physically engage in our story of development. We thank TOTAL for their support in bringing this initiative to life and we look forward to welcoming families and children both living in and visiting Qatar.”

During the signing ceremony, Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total said, “We highly cherish our newfound partnership with Qatar Museums, and with Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa, and this reflects Total’s vision for youth inclusion and education, which is aligned with our ambition and values. Total, a committed energy partner of Qatar for over 80 years, is proud to play a role in ensuring that families understand our energy’s past and the path it is headed”.

Laurent Wolffsheim, Managing Director Total E&P Golfe and Country Chair also added “Next year will be the Qatar-France Year of Culture, and this partnership marks the celebration of the special relationship between Total and the State of Qatar. We also celebrate the rich history of oil and gas in Qatar, through the Energy playground’s interactive and engaging facilities”.

Credit: Qatar Museums

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NMoQ’s hosts talks on precious stone’s role in human history

NMoQ ’s host’s talks on precious stone’s role in human history

“Diamonds, Art and Science” lecture delivered courtesy of L’ecole Van Cleef & Arpels

*First diamonds in the world were discovered in India

DOHA: The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) recently hosted a talk titled “Diamonds, Art and Science” delivered courtesy of L’ecole Van Cleef & Arpels and in collaboration with Ali Bin Ali Luxury – the exclusive retailer of Van Cleef & Arpels in Qatar.

The talk was guided by Olivier Segura, scientific director at L’ecole Van Cleef & Arpels and Inezita Gay-Eckel, Jewellery art historian of L’ecole Van Cleef & Arpels.

The talk provided an overview of the latest findings in gemology, legends surrounding diamonds and the precious stone’s role in human history.

The hand-out catalogue entitled “The Fabulous Destiny of Tavernier’s Diamonds – From the Great Mogul to the Sun King ” describes the story of the diamonds acquired by Louis XIV from the famous rich travelling merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605-1689) in 1668.

A fabulous story emerges based on a journey from the Mogul Empire of India and the diamond mines of Golkonda to France under the reign of the Sun King and the Château de Versailles, a journey made along the trade routes connecting East to West.

Amongst the several thousand diamonds brought from India by Tavernier and offered to the Sun King in 1668, twenty stood out for their breathtaking beauty

According to historians, in September 1638, Tavernier began his second journey, lasting to 1643, traveling via Aleppo to Persia, then to India as far as Agra, and from there to the Kingdom of Golconda. He visited the court of the Great Mogul—Emperor Shah Jahan—and made his first trip to the diamond mines.

India enjoys a very unique distinction of being the only country in the world to have discovered and possessed diamonds till about the 1800s.

The first diamonds in the world were discovered in India in the central regions, to be precise. The exact year when the first diamonds were mined is unknown so far, but historians say that the first known record of diamonds dates as far back as the 4th century BC. Diamonds are a universal symbol for commitment, love, strength, beauty and fortitude and with so many inherent qualities associated with diamonds, it is little wonder that this exquisite gem enjoys a special place in the world of gemology.

These precious stones have always enjoyed an aura of mysticism around them, credited mostly to their incomparable ability to refract light. Each type of culture around the world has its own fable around them.

The interesting talk centered not only on an overview of the latest findings in gemology but also delved into the legends surrounding diamonds.

Among other important facets of diamond and its earliest discoveries in India, then Brazil and now South Africa the hour-long plus talk by the two gemology experts also covered a whole range of topics dealing with the precious stone’s role in human history.

Answering a query from QI regarding the Koh-i-Noor (Mountain of Light) – one of the largest cut diamonds in the world, (186 carats) probably mined in the Kollur Mines during the period of the Delhi Sultanate and originally part of the Mughal Peacock Throne but now part of the British Crown Jewels, Inezita Gay-Eckel explained that the reshaping of the precious diamond in the 19th Century made it lose much of its brilliance.

(According to historians, in 1851 the Koh-i-Noor went on display at the Great Exhibition in London but the lackluster cut failed to impress viewers prompting Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria for the diamond to be re-cut as an oval brilliant by Royal Coster Diamonds oldest diamond polishing factory in the world.)

L’ecole Van Cleef & Arpels is a unique learning institution, founded in Paris in February 2012 at the instigation of its president Marie Vallanet-Delhom, welcoming the public into the secretive worlds of jewellery and watchmaking.

Its goal is to instill an intellectual and emotional understanding of the spirit of these exceptional crafts; to encourage mastery of their techniques through personal experience and to educate the hand, the eye and the sense of taste.

L’ecole Van Cleef & Arpels does so with the help of experts who are passionate about their subjects: art historians, virtuoso craftsmen, experienced jewellers, gemologists, master watchmakers and historians of time share their knowledge with students from all over the world.

Ali Bin Ali Luxury has been extremely glad to host L’ecole for the first time ever in Qatar and looks forward to many more educational sessions of the same.

Through organising a variety of talks, seminars and discussion panels, Qatar Museums (QM) aims to create platforms of inspiration for the local community, helping instigate a new generation of artists, designers, and creators.

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Qatar Museums uses Public Art to mark upcoming Blockade anniversary

Qatar Museums uses Public Art to mark upcoming Blockade anniversary

Doha: Qatar Museums (QM) has launched an open call for artists based in Qatar to propose a permanent public artwork to mark the third anniversary of the blockade of Qatar.

The air, land and sea blockade that was imposed on Qatar on the 5th of June 2017, marked a historic time of unprecedented national solidarity. Since then, it has become a catalyst for a new expression of public art across Qatar.

In a true showcase of the role of art in bringing communities together, the first anniversary of the blockade saw the unveiling of two key public art pieces: The first was Martin Creed’s “1361” (Everything is Going to be Alright) installation, which was created in the context of the anniversary of Qatar’s blockade and is still on display on the façade of Al Riwaq Gallery. The second piece, “A Blessing in Disguise”, was a creative commentary by political ARToonist Ghada Al Khater who generated praise for her take on the blockade. The second anniversary saw the unveiling of an original part of the Berlin Wall at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) through an ongoing cultural collaboration with Qatar Foundation (QF).

QM has now called on artists to submit design proposals that describe their interpretations and reflections on the Blockade, as the country heads towards the third anniversary. Participating artists could be at any stage of their careers, but must possess strong skills to execute the proposed project by the 5th of May 2020. For its part, QM would support the chosen artist by providing financial assistance to realise the project. Artists are encouraged to submit their application on http://www.qm.org.qa/en/56-open-call  by the 1st of December, 2019. For any inquires, artists can contact:  [email protected]

Commenting on the announcement, Abdulrahman Ahmad Al Ishaq Head of Public Art at Qatar Museums stated: “Throughout history, art has been used for commentary on social and political realities. The same has been true for Qatar, where artists have used their creativity and wit to rise above the injustice. At Qatar Museums, we are proud to provide platforms of self-expression that aim to break boundaries and shatter misconceptions. This is an incredible opportunity for artists in Qatar to be part of our country’s history and participate in engraving a moment that has marked a generation.”

Public Art is a key pillar in QM’s mission to inspire local talent and establish an organic connection between art and the local community. The winning piece will join a diverse collection of paintings and artworks by local and international artists – all hand-picked for their immersive and thought-provoking nature.

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