She once described herself as a 'living example of what people can go through and survive'.
Throughout a six-decade film career, Elizabeth Taylor battled skin cancer, a brain tumor, diabetes, seizures, a stroke, and chronic back problems that led to painkiller and alcohol addiction. But she never gave up. Her story has inspired millions.
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Elizabeth Taylor

When former first lady Betty Ford went public with her breast cancer, alcoholism and drug addiction, she inspired millions to seek help for the first time.
Thanks to her courage, breast cancer screening became prevalent and alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers (including the famous Betty Ford Clinic) sprang up.
Her story has inspired millions.
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Betty Ford

She was the most famous singer in the Arab world and the most influential woman in the Middle East. But Oum Kalthoum’s personal life was never as rich.
Her true love slipped through her fingers, her first marriage lasted only days. Instead, Oum Kalthoum dedicated her life to her art.
Music was her true love and the songs she created were her offspring. Her story has inspired millions.
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Oum Kalthoum

Grew up as an artist in London, where he studied Fine Art at Central St. Martin’s School of Art. His work is conceived as a study and a continuous homage to the world of art and cinema, and to its iconic figures. Vezzoli's primary forms of inspiration are biographies and essays of historical figures. His intense work includes video installations and petitpoint embroideries, mixing heterogeneous languages and genres,
bringing together pop icons, auteur cinema, art history, political and private issues.
Francesco Vezzoli brings together his most striking portraits of iconic female figures of the last century, in a celebration of femininity. Presented by Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), The Museum of Crying Women will be on view from October 7 till November 30 2013, at QMA Gallery in Katara.
For his first exhibition in the Middle East, Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli will bring together his most striking portraits of iconic female figures of the last century, including Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor and Lady Gaga, in a celebration of femininity. Presented by Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), The Museum of Crying Women will be on view from October 7 till November 30 2013, at QMA Gallery in Katara.

Dorned with Vezzoli’s signature of an embroidered glittering tear, the show will display portraits, embroideries and needleworks of Hollywood legends, first ladies, fashion icons and pop culture celebrities intended to reflect the drama of the female divided identities, and show the anguish between living a public and private life.

In a space reminiscent of the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace de Versailles, the exhibition will include a new series of artworks inspired by Oum Kulthom, one of the most admired female Arab singers, as well as four videos starring the likes of Bianca Jagger and Lauren Bacall, and a bronze sculpture of Sophia Loren. The exhibition has been created in partnership with Hans-Ulrich Obrist (co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London) Rem Koolhaas (founder of architecture firm OMA), and the artist. The show will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with produced by Kaleidoscope Press.

Rem Koolhaas founded OMA in 1975 together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. He graduated from the Architectural Association in London and in 1978 published Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. In 1995, his book S,M,L,XL summarized the work of OMA in "a novel about architecture." He heads the work of both OMA and AMO, the research branch of OMA, operating in areas beyond the realm of architecture such as media, politics, renewable energy and fashion. Koolhaas has won several international awards including the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2000 and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2010 Venice Biennale. Koolhaas is a professor at Harvard University where he conducts the Project on the City.

Hans Ulrich Obrist is Co-director of the Serpentine Gallery, London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris. In 2012, he has co-curated Jonas Mekas, Thomas Schütte Faces and Figures, Yoko Ono TO THE LIGHT, Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei Pavilion and the Memory Marathon at the Serpentine Gallery, London; To the Moon via the Beach, LUMA Foundation, Arles; Lina Bo Bardi, Casa de Vidro, Sao Paulo; A call for unrealized projects, DAAD and e-flux, Berlin. Obrist’s recent publications include A Brief History of Curating, Project Japan: Metabolism Talks with Rem Koolhaas, Ai Wei Wei Speaks, along with new volumes of his Conversation Series.

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