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Edward Dolman to become Chairman and Chief Executive of Phillips

New York, 11 April 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA).

Edward Dolman, who announced he was stepping down as Executive Director and Acting Chief Executive of the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) this week, is to become Chairman and Chief Executive of Phillips. He is to take up his new position in July.

Dolman previously spent 27 years at Christie’s, and was the auction house’s Chief Executive and Chairman before his move to Qatar. In what has been called a somewhat surprising move, Dolman’s relocation to Phillips marks a break away from the traditional duopoly of the two main auction houses, Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

Phillips has undergone several changes during its 218-year history, but has gained in ambition and visibility since it was bought by Russian luxury goods company, the Mercury Group, in 2008. It has since acquired new headquarters in both New York and London. Speaking to The New York Times, Dolman disclosed his wish to expand into different categories of auction, to complement Phillips’ current offering of Contemporary Art, Photographs, Design, Jewellery and Editions.

Edward Dolman steps down as Executive Director of Qatar Museums Authority

Doha, 8 April 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA).

Edward Dolman has announced he is to leave his post as Executive Director and Acting Chief Executive of the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA). The previous Chief Executive and Chairman of Christie’s has occupied his position at the QMA for three years.

His roles as Chief Executive included overseeing the construction and opening of several new museums in Qatar, alongside Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the organisation’s chairwoman. Dolman has also presided over the state’s collections, acquiring new works and organising major exhibitions such as the Damien Hirst show last year, and a Richard Serra exhibition which opens on 10 April.

Speaking to The New York Times, Dolman expressed his wish to “refocus my life in London and New York”.

Dr Abdellah Karroum named new director of Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art

Doha, 3 June 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

Dr Abdellah Karroum has been named as the new director of Mathaf, the Arab Museum of Modern Art situated in Doha.

Nominated by the Qatar Museums Autority (QMA), presided over by Prince Al Thani, Dr Abdellah Karroum – an independent curator, researcher and artistic director – is to assume his role from June 2013. He is to supervise the managerial and curatorial aspects of the museum, including the conservation of collections, educational and public progammes, research, communication, publishing projects, and the management of the institution’s Library. The Mathaf programme of events and exhibitions is to display works by Arab artists, showing Modern and Contemporary Arab Art in a setting with an international reach.

In a statement issued by the site Artlyst,  Executive Director of QMA Edward Dolman stated “Abdellah brings to Mathaf more than 20 years of experience in the art sector organising and co-curating numerous international exhibitions and programs for various institutions around the world. We are looking forward to working closely with Abdellah in further developing the Museum and establishing Mathaf as a vibrant centre for the promotion and understanding of Contemporary Art in a local and international context.”

Qatar: the world’s biggest buyer of contemporary art?

Doha, 8 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

For the past six years, the small, energy-rich Gulf states have been behind most of the major modern and contemporary art deals. According to the Art Newspaper, Qatar has become the biggest buyer on the market in terms of art value. The state’s purchasing policy is partly based on the advice of a number of Western art professionals.

With the help of consultants who buy directly from resellers and auction houses, Qatar is building a high class contemporary art collection. The country has attracted many art market experts, such as the President of Christie’s, Edward Dolman, who has been appointed Executive Director of the office of the Emir’s daughter, who is a powerful influence on the country’s acquisition policy. Edward Dolman will also join the board of trustees of the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), which oversees museums and cultural initiatives in the country and which is chaired by the Emir’s daughter, Sheikha Al Mayassa.

Dolman will be in charge of acquisitions, hereby expanding the network of Qatari Museum. These museums are directed by art historian and former Director of the Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Mandle.

Eminent French stockbroker Philippe Ségalot, is said to behind most of the modern and contemporary art sales in Qatar. The country has commissioned an important project from Richard Serra, is preparing a Jeff Koons exhibition and partly financed Takashi Murakami’s exhibition in Versailles, which should be presented in Doha in 2012. Roger Mandle supervised these commissions.

Finally, the Emir’s cousin, Sheikh Saud Bin Muhammad Bin Ali Al-Thani, has always been passionate about art and is one of the ten most important collectors in the world, according to ARTnews.


Christie’s President Edward Dolman appointed director of Qatar Museums Authority

Doha, 23 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

After twenty-seven years at the helm of Christie’s, Edward Dolman is resigning as president to become the new managing director of the Qatar Museums Authority.

Dolman will supervise a network of museums in Doha, the capital of Qatar. He will be in charge of new acquisitions as well as the conservation of the state’s collections. Mr Dolman will work in Doha, New York and London and will launch various cultural initiatives. In 2008, the Qatar Museums Authority opened the Islamic Art Musseum, designed by Ieoh Ming Pei. Last year, the institution supported the opening of Mathaf (Arab Museum of Modern Art), which houses a collection of 6,000 works ranging from the 1840’s to today.

The Museums Authority’s most recent project, scheduled for late 2014, is the reopening of the National Museum of Qatar in a new building designed by French architect Jean Nouvel.

This is a massive cultural investment for Qatar and the authorities are determined to succeed, as shown by this new appointment.

Edward Dolman will therefore join American Peggy Loar, director of the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami, who was appointed to run the National Museum in Qatar.