Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

An Arab perspective on modern art

Mathaf celebrates the modern and contemporary, showcasing art created in Qatar, the Middle East and the international Arab diaspora.

It’s a boundary-breaking museum that asks the local community to celebrate the present-day creativity of the Arab world. It is one of the most engaging, contemporary, and lively museums within our group.

It’s an informal space to be used, not just visited. Beyond its galleries, it brings people together to learn, share ideas and enter debate. From conversations with artists to the creative internship programme, Mathaf Voices, Mathaf helps you deepen your relationship with art of our time.

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A platform for new talent

Mathaf celebrates art students through its annual competition and exhibition. They’re asked to explore contemporary themes, taking inspiration from past and present shows.

This year, the competition is open to every school in Qatar. They’re invited to submit student artworks around the theme, ‘black and white’. The best will be displayed around the building and beyond in spring 2014.

My challenge is to open dialogue through art, without making it confrontational.
Abdellah Karoum, Director of Mathaf
Art is the basis of change in society. It is our duty to show the artists tackling the idea of freedom in the Arab world today.
Abdellah Karoum, Director of Mathaf
We want the next generation to be interested in the arts. Art is more than a painting; it’s a lifestyle, a behavior I live every day.
Ahmed Al Haddad – Qatari artist
Meet some of our Mathaf Voices

Our Blog

4 February 2016

Installation of Smoke by Tony Smith

Watch a time-lapse of the installation of Smoke in DECC.

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8 March 2016

'What About the Art' is coming soon

Preparations are well underway for the opening of a major exhibition from 15 contemporary Chinese artists curated by internationally acclaimed New York based Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. 

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21 March 2016

What about the art? Well, What about it?

Talks by Cai Guo Qiang the Curator, and Xu Bing and Wan Jienwei, two prominent artists featured in the exhibition What about the art? took place on 13 March at MIA.

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22 September 2016
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22 September 2016
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