11 June 2022

"Paper Dialogue" Opening Celebrating 50 Years Qatar-Japan Diplomatic Relations

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Tokyo, June 11 (QNA) - The Art Exhibition "Paper Dialogue: The Heritage of Qatar and the Year of Japanese Culture" commemorates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Qatar and Japan.
The exhibition features 28 artworks by Qatari artist Yousef Ahmed and Japanese artist Hayaki Nishigaki. It will continue from June 10 to 30, 2022, at the 3331 Arts Chiyoda art center - in Tokyo, Japan.
Through her work as HE Chairperson of Qatar Museums Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani established in 2012 the "Years of Culture" initiative, which aims to promote mutual understanding, recognition, and appreciation, between the State of Qatar and the world. Since then, the "Year of Culture" initiative has been a success in its UK, Brazil, Germany, Turkey, India, and France, versions amongst others.
The Opening ceremony was attended by the Acting Deputy Director of Museum Affairs in the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf) Aisha Al Minsned.
In a statement, Aisha Al Misned said that "Paper Dialogue" is a special exhibition that commemorates the 10th year of the establishment of the "Year of Culture" initiative in Qatar and the 50th year of the establishment of the strong Qatar-Japan relations. She further added that Japan was the first partner country of the first edition of "Year of Culture." Al Misned said that the exhibited art pieces express the continuous artistic cooperation between both countries resulting from their cultural exchange.
"Paper Dialogue" is a special artistic collaboration between Yousef Ahmed and Hayaki Nishigaki, where the exhibition highlights the similarities in cultural practices of paper production and calligraphy in Qatar and Japan.
Artists Yousef Ahmed and Hayaki Nishigaki infused together Washi paper - a rich historical symbol of Japanese Culture, with Qatar-grown palm tree leaf paper. It is worth mentioning that palm trees are considered blessed trees in Arab and Islamic cultures. The fusion resulted in a new hybrid paper which combines two different environments and cultures; each artist then applied their own interpretation of calligraphy art creating a unique visual expression through which one can discover the similarities and differences between both cultures. (QNA)

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Culture, Qatar, Arts and culture
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