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Mathaf Encyclopedia of Modern Art and the Arab World


Mathaf is launching an Encyclopedia of Modern Art and the Arab World (MEMAAW). The bilingual Encyclopedia is a major online resource on Arab artists and their histories that aims to encourage multiple perspectives on modernism in the Arab world.

MEMAAW will be officially launched in November, but users can see the beta version of the website here.

All peer-reviewed and translated entries are original and provide comprehensive documentation on Modern artists of the Arab world by academics and scholars. Entries also include artists' signatures for reference and authentication as well as artists' photos, artwork images, and audio-visual material.

Knowledge around the collection

Initiated by H.E. Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani as part of the development of Mathaf and knowledge around its collection, the encyclopedia is a work in progress and will continue to develop to include all artists from Mathaf's permanent collection, Arab artists beyond the collection, as well as historically contextualizing and thematic essays on their work.

MEMAAW is a wonderful platform that supports knowledge exchange and network between researchers and scholars around the world.



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