Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Giving an Arabic perspective on contemporary trends and themes in art, the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art showcases Arabic art exhibitions and installations from Arabic artists as well as international art from global artists. Previous featured artists among others include world-known Chinese artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, the internationally known Iranian visual artist, Shirin Neshat, and Adel Abdessemed, a French-Algerian conceptual artist, who is also internationally esteemed. Needless to say, if you are interested in modern art, a visit the beautiful museum should definitely be on your list of things to do in Doha.

The Sheikh’s private collection

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art was founded by Sheikh Hassan Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani in 2010, and is the only institution dedicated to Arab modern art in the Middle East and North Africa.

Sheikh Hassan is an artist, collector, researcher, and educator in Modern Art from the Arab world as well as India and Asia and has dedicated his life to Arab modern art. He started his private collection in 1986, which now counts more than 6,000 art pieces, mainly from Qatari, Lebanese, Egyptian, Syrian and Iraqi artists, and covers all phases of modern art in the Middle East from the 1840s to the present.

Visiting the Mathaf Museum

The museum is placed near Qatar National Convention Centre – QNCC and Doha Education City west of Doha city center. From Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha you are only 20 minutes from Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, QNCC and Doha Education City. You can ask for directions and tips to other Qatar museums worth a visit, in the hotel’s reception.