Goppion and the Islamic Art Imagery: the grand opening of the National Museum of Qatar

Goppion and the Islamic Art Imagery: the grand opening of the National Museum of Qatar

Goppion’s contribution to the museography of the NMoQ is of great importance and impact, having produced display cases to house objects and relics of particular documentary, historical and symbolic value.

Among the display cases designed to conserve and exhibit objects representing the heart of the country’s national identity, the eight large ‘leader’ cases are especially significant. They house exhibits focusing on eminent figures who built the history and fortunes of the former British protectorate. Three metres high and two and a half wide, they were custom designed for the NMoQ, with hinged openings, large expanses of glass and a maple wood finish.

The currency and stamps display caseis on the other hand a very long case with a complex tilt opening system, drawers and a sophisticated interior display system that houses the country’s currency and stamp series.

Also of great symbolic value is the flag’ display case, which will exhibit the original flag of the fledgling constitutional monarchy, which became independent in 1971.

Finally, the round showcase’ is a cylindrical case with a pantograph opening for the display of particularly valuable exhibits, visible from above thanks to its glass top.

With the exception of the ‘leaders’ display case, all the cases are in glass and powder-coated steel that copies the familiar look and feel of sand from the very desert that inspired Jean Nouvel when designing the building.