(Video: “Qatar in biggest ever daytime fireworks show” by Al Jazeera English)

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art has opened a new exhibit by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Quiang entitled Saraab (Mirage).

Kicking off the launch of the exhibit was a show yesterday in Doha orchestrated by Cai called “Black Ceremony,” and billed as the biggest ever daytime fireworks show. Mathaf has posted several photos and videos from the event on Facebook:

Cai’s exhibit Saraab - on display until May 26, 2012 - features some 50 works by the aritst, including 16 newly commissioned pieces. 

Here’s what Mathaf has to say about it:

Works on view explore the historic and contemporary iconography of the Arabian Gulf and its seafaring culture, as well as the Islamic history of Quanzhou. They also address the ambiguity of Qatar and China’s relationships to one another, and Cai’s own creative development over a lifetime.

Cai previously put on a gunpowder drawing show in Qatar last October.

Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, who chairs the Qatar Museums Authority and is the emir’s daughter, told Al Jazeera that Doha residents who missed these shows  will get another chance to see Cai perform in the near future - so stay tuned!

Did you see the Gunpowder Drawing or Black Ceremony, or have you checked out Saraab already? What do you think?



Biggest daytime fireworks display. At the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar this week, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang put on his largest “explosion event” of the last three years, utilizing microchip-controlled explosives to form incredible designs and patterns.You gotta love an artist who’s preferred medium is explosions.


Al-Yaman - Saraab
album: Insanyya (2010, Indies Scope)

The Prague band Al-Yaman, inspired by popular and traditional songs from Yemen and the Arabic world, is a fusion of acoustic instruments and electronic beats—a new progressive dance music. Singer Ashwaq Abdulla Kulaib brings a strong Arabic influence into the music. In 1990 she came from Aden, in Yemen, to study in Prague and stayed. Her singing is an emotional expression of traditional spiritual songs or her own experiences of life.


it’s weird that i actually play more as saraab in swtor/ but i have no idea what his backstory is yet

all i know is that he’s sassy, flirty, and loves to kill