The Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art is a museum located in Doha, Qatar. It is the first institution in the Arab world dedicated to showcasing and promoting modern and contemporary art from the Arab world and wider region. “Mathaf” means “museum” in Arabic.
The museum was established in 2010 under the leadership of Qatar Museums, an organization dedicated to developing and promoting art and culture in Qatar. It aims to provide a platform for artists from the Arab world to display their works and contribute to the global art dialogue.
The Mathaf museum features a diverse collection of artworks, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, videos, and other forms of contemporary art. The collection spans a wide range of periods and styles, from the early 19th century to the present day. It includes works by renowned Arab artists as well as emerging talents.
In addition to its permanent collection, Mathaf hosts temporary exhibitions, educational programs, workshops, and cultural events. It serves as a hub for research, scholarship, and artistic exchange, fostering a deeper understanding of Arab art and its significance in the broader context of contemporary art.
The building that houses the Mathaf museum is a former school known as the Education City School. It was transformed into a museum space by renowned French architect Jean-François Bodin, who incorporated elements of traditional Arab architecture into the design. The museum building features galleries, a library, an auditorium, and other facilities to support its various programs.
The Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art has become a significant cultural institution in the Arab world and a prominent destination for art enthusiasts, scholars, and visitors interested in exploring the rich artistic heritage and contemporary art practices of the region.