It’s no wonder this collection by Francesco Vezzoli is called The Museum of Crying Women – you would cry too if someone embroidered your eyeball. The needle-wielding Italian is bringing his tearful ladies to the city of Doha, Qatar, for an exhibition at the QMA Gallery, which represents the artist’s first show in the Middle East.
Vezzoli’s collection is populated by a string of important female figures of fashion, cinema and politics. Italian über-icon Sophia Loren appears as a bronze sculpture, but the majority of the crying women are brought to life by portraits augmented with collage and Vezzoli’s signature ocular additions. Lady Gaga, Liz Taylor and Joan Crawford make an appearance, as well as some names less well-known outside the region – such as Arab singer Oum Kalthoum – but East and West are united in sadness at the fierce glare of the spotlight of public life. The exhibition, which is being displayed in an environment reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors, is running now and will continue until 30 November.