Collection Al Thani at Hotel de la Marine

Collection Al Thani at Hotel de la Marine

The galleries at the Hôtel de la Marine will shown the Al Thani Collection over the next 20 years alongside a programme of themed exhibitions. From 10 June to 2 October 2022, the gallery dedicated to temporary exhibitions will display masterpieces from the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon.

'Gulbenkian Revealed: In the Collector’s Private Realm' 

This exhibition is presented in association with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and showcases treasures from the museum in Lisbon which houses the private collection of its eponymous founder, one of the most celebrated art collectors of the early 20th centuryThe exhibition is organised as part of the Saison France-Portugal 2022. It is the second in a series of biannual temporary loan exhibitions to be shown at The Al Thani Collection at the Hôtel de la Marine, alongside Treasures of The Al Thani Collection.

'Gulbenkian Revealed: In the Collector’s Private Realm' presents a carefully selected group of 90 works of art, principally intimate in scale and privately cherished by the connoisseur-collector. Through these objects, the exhibition explores five key principles which guided Calouste Gulbenkian (1869-1955) as a collector: preciousness, intimate scale, craftsmanship, provenance, and rarity. Reflecting the diversity of artworks which appealed to Gulbenkian, the exhibition also highlights his fascination with the material quality of the objects that he collected.

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.


Author: Aneta Blaszczak