Building a Creative Nation:
Qatar 2005 - 2030

Biennale Architetturra 2023
Palazzo Franchetti Venice
14 May - 16 November 2023

March 15 - May 20






First international presentation of plans for Qatar's next generation of cultural institutions

On the occasion of 18th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Qatar Creates will present the documentary exhibition Building a Creative Nation, the first presentation outside the country of Qatar's next generation of cultural institutions. Hosted at ACP – Palazzo Franchetti, the exhibition will be on view from 14 May – 26 November, 2023.

Building a Creative Nation, focuses on five new cultural venues being developed by Qatar Museums in Qatar with internationally acclaimed architectural practices ELEMENTAL, Herzog & de Meuron, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Philippe Starck, and UNStudio. The new developments all will be operated by Qatar Museums which is responsible for preserving and enlarging Qatar's cultural endowment by overseeing the country's growing network of museums, heritage sites, festivals, public art program, and more.

Art Mill Museum-1

Art Mill Museum by ELEMENTAL © Qatar Museums, 2022.

Lusail Museum-1

Lusail Museum, By Herzog & de Meuron

Qatar Auto Museum

Art Qatar Auto Museum, By Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)

Dadu, Childrens Museum of Qatar

Dadu, Children’s Museum of Qatar By UNStudio

Qatar Preparatory School

Qatar Preparatory School, Architectural concept by Philippe Starck

The exhibition brings together renderings, photographs, sketches, studies, models, video, as well as immersive content, to present each project as a considered architectural response to an aspect of Qatar Museums' program of cultural nation-building. Whether new construction or adaptive reuse, each future institution demonstrates Qatar’s commitment to architecture as a strategic tool for achieving the country’s forward-looking cultural objectives, outlined in the Qatar National Vision 2030, chiefly its goal to grow an innovative and diversified society through investment in the creative industries.

And Thereafter Wide

Free Entry Tasweer Photo Festival -
And Thereafter

Location: Al Koot Fort

Hadeer Omar's installation - And Thereafter - activates Souq Waqif into a dynamic spatial experience. She creates a heightened sense of the myriad sensory experiences in the souq through captured images and sounds, all uniquely choreographed in the designated spaces of the fort.

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Beirut Golden Sixties Aref El Rayess

Free Entry Beirut And The Golden Sixties

Location: Mathaf

The exhibition revisits a turbulent chapter in the development of modernism in Beirut beginning with the 1958 Lebanon crisis and ending with the 1975 outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War. It examines this romanticised era of global influence in Beirut to highlight how collisions between art, culture and polarised political ideologies turned the Beirut art scene into a microcosm for larger trans-regional tensions.

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QC Week Landing page

March 18 Olafur Eliasson Public Panel

Location: National Museum of Qatar


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Building a Creative Nation:
Qatar 2005 - 2030

Biennale Architetturra 2023
Palazzo Franchetti Venice
14 May - 16 November 2023

About Qatar Creates

Qatar Creates is a year-round cultural movement and a platform for arts and culture in Qatar. We champion and nurture talent. We are building a movement of access to the very best that our nation has to offer. Working with partners we are embedding arts and culture into Qatari society. Our premier product, the One Pass, gives our audiences easy, direct, and simple access to all of Qatar’s cultural offerings.

Qatar Creates allows the public to hear about and access cultural activities, an unrivalled opportunity to immerse themselves and fully experience the myriad of cultural, leisure and entertainment offerings across the country. Led by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Creates showcases local and global talent to the world.