Qatar, 4 June 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Reports in The Financial Times and Le Figaro suggest that a biennial is to be organised in Qatar in 2014.
An article published in Le Figaro on 28 May suggested that a panel of experts were currently working to prepare the project, which in the longer term might be directed by Dr Abdellah Karroum, newly appointed director of Doha’s Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.
However, when asked about the possibility of the event at Curate, a new prize being launched by the Qatar Museums Authority and the Prada Foundation, executive director of QMA Ed Dolman stated that he had seen nothing in the programme regarding a forthcoming biennial. Writing in The Financial Times, Georgina Adam emphasised Qatar’s force as the biggest buyer in the art market, naming several members of the Qatari royal family as avid collectors.
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.”
Doha (Qatar), 7 December 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar, is currently presenting, “Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab”, a solo exhibition of Chinese artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, until 26 May 2012.
Born in 1957 at Quanzhou (China), Cai Guo-Qiang studied Design at Shanghai Theater Academy. As a multidisciplinary artist, he lived and worked in New York where he started to experiment numerous mediums such as video, performance, installations and drawing. Between 1986 and 1995, he lived in Japan and started to incorporate gunpowder in his designs, and he also started to experiment with larger explosions, which later became his signature work. Cai Guo-Qiang has won numerous prizes, including the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennial of 1999, the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2007 and the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2009. As a major artist from the international contemporary scene, he benefited from a solo exhibition in 2008 in Guggenheim museum.
“Saraab” (meaning Mirages in Arabic) is his first exhibition in the Middle East, but it is also the first time that the Mathaf museum exhibits an artist outside of the Middle East. By exhibiting Cai, the museum aims to introduce new dynamics and wishes to examine the relationship between the Persian Golf and Asia, as well as between the Islamic culture and Quanzhou. The exhibition reveals fifty works of the artist, of which thirty are new and have never been shown before, and nine video documents that question Cai’s connection with Middle Eastern culture.