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09 july 2018
The exhibition is part of the Qatar Russia 2018 Year of Culture Programme

A new edition of the critically acclaimed Pearls: Treasures from the Seas and the Rivers exhibition will open in Moscow on July 11th as part of the Qatar Russia 2018 Year of Culture.
On Monday, the organizers of the exhibition arranged a show of the pearl treasures of the Qatar Museums for the press, where Alexey Levykin, Director of the Russian State Historical Museum, Fahad bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Russian Federation, Mohammed Nasser Al Othman, Acting Director of the Qatar Museums, Alex Popov, Chairman of the Board of the World Diamond Museum and Hubert Bari, Curator of the Qatar Museums, told about this cultural event in Moscow’s life.
Alexey Levykin, Director of the State Historical Museum, noting the importance of the exhibition “Pearls: Treasures from the Seas and the Rivers” being part of the wider Qatar – Russia 2018 Year of Culture Programme, said: “I think that this exhibition will get response in the hearts of the people who will visit it, also coming into the lime light of mass media, and eventually will become a very good basis for our possible cooperation.”
According to Fahad bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Russian Federation, the Year of Culture Qatar – Russia 2018 is designed to deepen the understanding between the two nations and their people celebrating their growing relationship through widespread participation and engagement in both Qatar and Russia.
Speaking about the uniqueness of the pearl exhibition in Moscow, Alex Popov, Chairman of the Board of the World Diamond Museum, thanked the Embassy of Qatar, the managment of the Qatar Museums and that of the Russian State Historical Museum, as well as ROSIZO, the Russian State Museum and Exhibition Center, for organizing this cultural event and expressed the hope that it will attract the widest attention from the public, as jewelry is an art behind which there is a deep history.

Indian necklace made in Jaipur with pearls from the Gulf. Circa 1900. Qatar Museums collections. Image credit: Qatar Museums.

The exhibition was curated specifically for this year’s Year of Culture programme and will display over 100 pieces of jewellery and other examples of pearl craftsmanship made from freshwater pearls born in Central Asia, 50 of which are new, never-before-shown artifacts. The Qatar Museums (QM) exhibition is hosted by the World Diamond Museum at the Exhibition Centre of the State Historical Museum in Moscow from 11 July 2018 to 1 October 2018. 
The exhibition, which is considered one of QM’s flagship initiatives and is the first travelling exhibition organised by the institution, was designed to introduce audiences to the history and transformative impact that the pearl industry had on Qatar and the world. It chronicles pearl fishing in Qatar, providing an insight into the ancient methods and techniques used by pearl divers and an overview of the pearl trade in the Gulf. This is the sixth time that Pearls: Treasures from the Seas and the Rivers has travelled around the world, with the last show taking place in China as part of the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture.


A seven strings Gulf pearl necklace made in Qatar by the leader of pearls of the country: Husain ALFARDAN. The necklace is made with perfectly matching pearls. It takes years and thousands of pearls to succeed into such a creation. Private collection.
Image credit: Qatar Museums. 

Commenting on the exhibition, its curator Dr. Hubert Bari said: “Pearls have long inspired artists and painters with their quiet elegance and mystery. This diverse exhibition will answer many of the questions surrounding these natural wonders, while taking visitors on a fascinating journey through the history of pearl diving and trade in Qatar. The exhibition is a major highlight of the Qatar Russia 2018 Year of Culture, which will see two great cultures explore unexpected historical parallels through the use of pearls in traditional design and jewellery making. We hope that this is something that will help bring our people and countries ever closer together.”