The inaugural exhibition will showcase a rich diversity of artworks representing numerous civilisations and spanning more than 5,000 years.
Celebrating the unifying force of art across cultures, highlights range from an Egyptian head of a royal figure carved from red jasper (1475-1292 BC) and a Chinese gilt-bronze sculpture of a seated bear (Han Dynasty, 206 BC-AD 25) to a Maya mask pendant (200-600 AD) and the jade wine cup of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir (1569-1627).
What is the Al Thani Collection?
Among the most prestigious private collections in the world, The Al Thani Collection includes an exceptional array of artworks spanning the ancient world to the present day.
Encyclopaedic in its approach, and representing a diverse range of cultures and civilisations, the Collection celebrates creativity and the universal power of art through the ages.
The Collection is shared through projects undertaken by The Al Thani Collection Foundation, a non-profit organisation whose core mission is to advance and promote art and culture.
This objective is principally delivered through public art initiatives including sponsorships, museum projects, the staging of exhibitions, and academic publications, honouring artistic achievement across a rich diversity of cultures.
Prior to the opening of the galleries at the Hôtel de la Marine, the Collection has been shared through temporary exhibitions and loans at museums around the world.
Why is the collection in the Hôtel de la Marine?
The galleries at the Hôtel de la Marine are the result of a long-term agreement between the CMN and The Al Thani Collection Foundation that will see works from the Collection shown over the next 20 years alongside a programme of themed exhibitions.
The Al Thani Collection had previously been shared through temporary exhibitions at major international institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and Tokyo National Museum.