The Cultural World Gathers in Qatar to Inaugurate MATHAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art

DOHA, QATAR.- In the presence of His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, international dignitaries, leaders of prominent cultural institutions, scholars and more than eighty artists join the inaugural ceremony for Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art today. An unprecedented new center for Arab culture and creativity, Mathaf (pronounced MAT-haff, meaning “museum” in Arabic) will open to the public on December 30, 2010, in Doha, Qatar. The first institution of its kind in the region, Mathaf will foster creativity, promote dialogue and inspire new ideas about modern and contemporary Arab art. The 5,500-square-meter (59,000-square-foot) Museum, located in a former school building in Doha’s Education City, has a collection that represents the major trends and sites of production of modern Arab art spanning the 1840s through the present. Offering a rare comprehensive overview of modern Arab art, the new