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
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Our Blog

11 June 2020

Dugongs, Mermaids and Mascots

Read about the gentle marine mammal which lives in our very own waters. Find out about the mythical legends which surround it and see how you can take action to protect the oceans.

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20 June 2020

Exploring Ai Weiwei's Laundromat on World Refugee Day

In honor of World Refugee Day, we take a look back at two of our exhibitions, Ai Weiwei's Laundromat and Syria Matters, that recognized the resilience, courage and patience of millions of refugees displaced worldwide.  

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18 June 2020

Preserving heritage: The art of finding a nation’s voice

Abdullatif Al Jasmi, the Director of Cultural Heritage Protection at Qatar Museums, reflects on the the different elements of perserving heritage in Qatar. 

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