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National Museum of Qatar

Doha - Qatar

The exhibition design is installed in Jean Nouvel’s building-nature in the same way as the nomads settled in their natural environment: orientation of the installations against the north wind, multi-purpose furniture according to their configuration, based on simple rectangular shapes referring to the multiple textile furnishings of both nomads in the desert and sedentary people on the coast.

Stakes of the project


In the building designed by Jean Nouvel, a long rose of sand set against the bay of Doha, the project aims to showcase Qatar’s tangible and intangible heritage, both on the scale of the museum itself and that of the country as a whole.

The scenography of the exhibition rooms offers a cross-section of views on a peninsular country deeply marked by the sea/desert duality: films by international authors on Qatar today, tangible and intangible collections. These works interact to show the roots of Qatari culture and the permanence of its traditions in a context of accelerated economic development.

The permanent collection is set up in the same way as the nomads settled in their natural environment: orientation of the settlements against the north wind, furniture with multiple uses according to their configuration, based on simple rectangular forms referring to the multiple textile furniture, both of the nomads in the desert and of the sedentary people on the coast. The intangible heritage is inseparable from this, and what was transmitted orally from generation to generation has become a disappearing matter. One of the national museum of Qatar’s objectives is to stimulate the collection of this heritage and to facilitate its transmission in order to restore the creative sources for future generations.

Museographic principles / mediation :

A common base forms a “furniture catalogue” which, by combining them, makes it possible to respond to spatial, collection and content needs.

This catalogue uses the language of the country and is made up of :

The “carpets”, modular flat layers;

The “camps”, grouping the collections according to (sub)themes;

The films, which complement the collections by providing a new perspective and new content;

The showcases, a protective case for sensitive works;

The “Nomad Pad: The Virtual Emitting Museum”, the visitor’s digital companion.

All of the proposed mediation tools encourage exchanges and encourage visitors to follow paths leading to a better understanding of the object, through its meaning, its use, its history, etc.

Breaking down barriers by offering visitors cross-disciplinary approaches where certain objects are more meaningful to them and echo them.

Between individual and group visits, each visitor is free to choose his or her own path so that the experience is unique.

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    Architect and scenographer, leading firm : Atelier Jean Nouvel - Paris

    Architects and design exhibition associates : Studio Adeline Rispal - Paris

    Interpretive design : AP'Culture, Béchir Souid - Paris

    Lighting : Licht Kunst Licht, Andreas Schultz - Bonn

    Multimedia engineering and design : InnoVision, Alain Dupuy - Paris

    Signage : Pentagram, Angus Highland - Londres

    Sound design : Diasonic, Louis Dandrel - Paris

    Artistic direction of images : Antoine Buonomo

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