21 Dec 2016
Late boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s twin daughter, Jamillah Ali visited Qatar Museums’ Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) last Monday for a private tour of a stunning exhibition dedicated posthumously to her father.
The exhibition, titled ‘Muhammad Ali: Tribute to a Legend’ is on show until February 25th 2017 in MIA’s fourth floor eastern gallery, and is the first significant exhibition dedicated to Muhammad Ali since his death earlier this year.
During her visit, Jamillah Ali met with Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums.
‘Muhammad Ali: Tribute to a Legend’ brings together a collection of 22 significant artifacts from the boxing champion’s distinguished career, including photography from Ali’s outdoor exhibition bout at the Doha Stadium in 1971; his momentous ‘draft exemption’ letter, which is exhibited for the first time- on loan – on the 50th anniversary that a 24-year-old first Ali wrote it, and memorabilia spanning Ali’s journey to the 1960 Rome Olympics.
The exhibition has been collected and curated under the auspices of Qatar Museums’ 3-2-1 Olympic and Sports Museum, which will open in a permanent home as part of the redeveloped Khalifa International Stadium in 2017, featuring some of the exhibits from this show.