DUBAI: American fashion designer Virgil Abloh is staging his first exhibition in the Middle East. Qatar Museums is set to present a mid-career retrospective on the Creative Director of Off-White and Louis Vuitton Menswear as part of his ongoing “Figures of Speech” tour. The exhibition will be on view at Doha’s Garage Gallery at the Fire Station from Nov. 4 until March 31, 2022.
With more than 55 works, “Figures of Speech” explores Abloh’s far-reaching interests across art and design, music, fashion and architecture. The exhibition first toured at the MCA Chicago, High Museum of Art in Atlanta and most recently the ICA Boston.
Chairperson for Qatar Museums and sister to the current ruler of the country Al-Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani said in a statement: “We believe that people in Qatar and throughout the Gulf will be enthralled by this introduction to the visionary, barrier-defying work of artist and designer Virgil Abloh.”
The retrospective will coincide with “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams,” a new fashion exhibition coming to Doha in November.
Designed specifically for the Middle East, the forthcoming exhibition is a celebration of the Parisian maison, which is turning 75 in December.
Set to take place until March 2022, it is the first exhibition that Dior stages in the Middle East.