Head of a Royal Figure
Egypt; New Kingdom, 1475-1292 BC
H. 9.6 cm; W. 6.1 cm; D. 7.5cm
In preparation for the upcoming exhibition, The Al Thani Collection exhibition galleries are temporarily closed from 25 April to 10 June 2022.
Northern India; Mughal, dated AH 1016 (AD 1607-8)
H. 5.5 cm; Diam. 7.4 cm
Head: Court workshop of Emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen, Southern Italy; c. 1240
From 10 June to 2 October 2022, the gallery dedicated to temporary exhibitions will display masterpieces from the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon. This exhibition is the result of a curatorial collaboration between The Al Thani Collection and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, as part of la Saison France-Portugal. Dr. Nuno Vassalo e Silva, curator of the exhibition, invites visitors to explore the collection through the private realm of Calouste Gulbenkian. It reveals the great 20th century collector's interest in preciousness, intimate scale, rarity, provenance and craftsmanship.
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.
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.