KAWS: HE EATS ALONE

25 October 2019 – 25 January 2020 
Location: Fire Station, Garage Gallery 
Curated by: Germano Celant 

Qatar Museums is proud to present the first exhibition in the Middle East by KAWS (Brian Donnelly, born 1974, USA). The solo show explores his career and vast oeuvre and features painting and sculpture made over the past 20 years. KAWS’ imagery has long possessed a sophisticated, dark humour, revealing the interplay between art and consumerism, referencing both art history and pop culture. Donnelly began his career in street art in the 1990s, becoming synonymous with the name KAWS, a tag that became a staple in his ‘sub-vertisments’ (modifications of commercial works). 

In addition to more than 40 major pieces exhibited in the Garage Gallery, examples of commercial collaborations designed by KAWS, among them sneakers, skateboards, and toys are on view in a separate archive above Café 999.  A massive 5-meter-tall sculpture, COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH) (2013), in the Fire Station courtyard and an inflatable 40-meter public artwork at the Dhow Harbour, HOLIDAY (2019), also serve to highlight the exhibition.

Admission fees apply
Admission to KAWS: HE EATS ALONE is QAR 50 for adults; QAR 25 for Qataris, Residents of Qatar and students.
Admission is free for children under 16, Culture Pass Plus and Culture Pass Family Members, and visitors with disabilities.
For full terms and conditions, visit: https://www.qm.org.qa/en/ticketing-terms-conditions

Image Captions in Sequence:

“HE EATS ALONE”, 2014, Corian, 213.4 x 226.1 x 78.7 cm. © KAWS. Private Collection. Image by Ali Faisal Al Anssari.

“DAYS FEEL LIKE MINUTES”, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 243.8 cm (diameter). © KAWS. Private Collection. Image by Ali Faisal Al Anssari.

“LOST TIME”, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 182.9 x 304.8 cm. © KAWS. Private Collection. Image by Farzad Owrang.

“THE NEWS”, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 50.8 cm (diameter). © KAWS. Private Collection. Image by Farzad Owrang.

“CHUM”, 2008, Fiberglass, paint, 228.6 x 137.2 x 76.2 cm. © KAWS. Private Collection. Image by Ali Faisal Al Anssari.

“ISOLATION TOWER (MBF)”, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 152.4 x 99.1 cm. © KAWS. Private Collection. Image by Farzad Owrang.

“GONE”, 2019, Vinyl, paint, 36 x 37 x 15 cm. © KAWS. Private Collection. Image by Brad Bridgers.