Thursday, December 22, 2011


Three years in the making, Richard Serra's landmark sculpture "7" was unveiled Thursday at the launch of the Doha's Museum of Islamic Art's (MIA) new park, with a royal ceremony and a blend of pride and puzzlement in a country where Western art's baby-steps are taken by leaps and bounds. "The content of the work is not the work. The meaning of the work is your experience inside the work. Or when you see if from far away, it has another meaning. But if all those things mean nothing to you, then it's meaningless," said the artist, hard at work explaining the seven plates of German Cor-ten steel that stretch 80 feet into the air, making it Serra's tallest sculpture yet — and his first public commission in the Middle East. Richard Serra's sculpture is now "a beacon for the arts in Qatar," said Sheikha Mayassa in a statement — and "7" certainly looks emblematic of Qatar's efforts to build higher. The next step, more difficult, will be to build wider. - ARTINFOSheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani

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