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QATAR. Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art
09/08/2011 10:34:08

Mathaf (pronounced Mat-haff, which means “museum” in Arabic), Arab Museum of Modern Art, opened to the public on December 30, 2010, in Doha, Qatar. Its program of exhibition will explore modern Arab art and its collection of more than 6,000 works represents major trends and sites of production of modern Arab art, spanning the 1840s to the present.

In addition to its collection and special exhibitions, Mathaf’s on-site and online programs will reinforce its role as a center for global dialogue, research and scholarship. Mathaf aims to become a resource for its visitors - both physical and virtual, local and global - to learn about modern Arab art. The exhibitions will be housed in a 5,500-square-meter (59,000-square-foot) facility that includes galleries on two floors, a café, a museum shop, a research library and an education wing.

Mathaf opened with “Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art”: an inaugural exhibition of highlights from the collection, featuring works by more than 100 artists and representing pivotal experiments in aesthetics. The exhibition, curated by Dr. Nada Shabout, Wassan Al-Khudhairi and Deena Chalabi, contributes to a renegotiation of the positions of Arabs to and in modernity. It acknowledges the multiplicity of experiences that form Arab modern art and emphasizes the several common moments that justify a collective identity. It is organized around several themes that overlap and intersect, where ideas cut across chronology, and discontinuity and rupture are part of the story. This exhibition will run until 31 October 2011. 

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