Qatar Museums Authority

How Qatar has become a driving foce of the Gulf's cultural landscape


Inspired by the vision of His Highness The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar has asserted its ambition to become a capital of culture with thus far, two colossal museums, both of which have opened to international critical acclaim.

As in 2010, the Global Art Forum will launch in Doha, hosted by Mathaf and co-curated by the Global Art Forum Committee and Mathaf’s Director, Wassan Al Khudhairi, and Head of Education, Michelle Dezember. It will address the topic of engaging, creating and maintaining audiences, and established institutions and ephemeral initiatives will share their experiences.

What’s on where? The Golden Age: old master paintings from the Rijksmuseum

The first major exhibition of Dutch works ever to be presented in the Gulf. The forty-three paintings are among the best in the Rijksmuseum’s collection, giving a wide-ranging view of the artists, lifestyle and topography of Holland in the seventeenth century.
March 10–June 6. Open Sat–Thu 10.30am–5.50pm, Fri 2–8pm, Tue closed. Admission: QR25. Temporary Exhibition Hall, Museum of Islamic Art (MIA).


Qatar is rapidly evolving into a dynamic hub of culture, education and commerce. Despite the changes of the 21st century, Doha has retained the essence of Qatar’s identity whilst adapting its people to modern life. In the ‘DOHArama’ photo exhibition by renowned photographer Maher Attar, the city’s past is revisited in the context of the present, in an exploration of the nation’s roots.
March 10–26. Open Sat–Thu 3–9pm, Fri 10am–10pm. Admission free. QMA Gallery, Building 10, Katara.

Interventions: A dialogue between the modern and the contemporary

This unique exhibition, curated by Nada Shabout, profiles five major artists whose careers have spanned the years from modern to contemporary art. Those artists are Dia Azzawi, Farid Belkahia, Ahmed Nawar, Ibrahim el-Salahi and Hassan Sharif. A new work commissioned by Mathaf from each of these artists is on display, shown in the context of existing works by the artists from the vaults of the extensive Mathaf collection.
Until May 28. Sat–Thu 10.30am–5.50pm, Fri 2pm–8pm, Tue closed. Admission: QR25. Al Riwaq Exhibition Hall, Museum of Islamic Art grounds.

Sajjil: A century of modern art

The first in an ongoing series of exhibitions that will survey Mathaf’s unparalleled collection of more than 6,000 works representing major trends and sites of Arab art production, from the 1840s to the present. Sajjil, meaning the act of recording, will feature paintings and sculptures by more than 100 artists, representing pivotal moments in the development of Arab modernism throughout the 20th century.
Until Oct 1. Sat–Thu 11am– 6pm, Fri 3pm–9pm; Mon closed. Admission free. Al Riwaq Exhibition Hall, Museum of Islamic Art grounds.

Told/Untold/Retold: A story of 23 journeys through time and place

Told/Untold/Retold is a collection of 23 stories, each vividly expressed in a new art work. Some stories are ‘Told,’ evoking autobiographical accounts and nostalgia for the things that were and that have been. Other stories are ‘Untold’ anticipating an imagined future that speaks of things that could be and are yet to occur. And there are those that are ‘Retold,’ proposing an alternative, parallel narrative to the things that are in the present. Central to each of these stories is the use of time as a concrete compositional element and the reflection on the ancient act of journeying, a condition that has come to describe the rampant fluidity of today’s society.
Until May 28. Sat–Thu 10.30am– 5.50pm, Fri 2pm–8pm, Tue closed. Admission QR25. Al Riwaq Exhibition Hall, Museum of Islamic Art grounds.

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