Art Observed reports on Mathaf Arab art museum inauguration and preview

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Art Observed was on site for the inauguration of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar. As stated by the online art magazine, “Mathaf – Arabic for ‘museum’ – is the first institution of its kind in the region focusing entirely on Arab art and creativity.” Read on for images and information from the magazine.

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. Image from universes-in-universe.org.

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. Image from universes-in-universe.org.

While the museum’s preview days and exhibition inauguration were held 14-15 December, 2010, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art officially opened to the public on 30 December. Art Observed reports from the preview,

Guests gathered outside before the museum doors opened and enjoyed live entertainment led by Yassin Alsalman  (a.k.a. The Narcicyst) under the title Identity Card: Who We Were, Who We Are. The compilation of musical performance reflected the opening week’s theme of the resurgence of Arab artistic expression through greater dialogue between the East and the West.

Click through to Art Observed for many more photos from the opening event, of the museum grounds and its artworks, and for more details on the event.

Sajjil, section Form & Abstraction. Works by Jilali Gharbaoui, Hassan Sharif, Kamal Boullata, Farid Belkahia, Dia Azzawi, Shakir Hassan al-Zaid (from left to right). Image from universes-in-universe.org.

Sajjil, section Form & Abstraction. Works by Jilali Gharbaoui, Hassan Sharif, Kamal Boullata, Farid Belkahia, Dia Azzawi, Shakir Hassan al-Zaid (from left to right). Image from universes-in-universe.org.

The museum opened its doors with its inaugural exhibition Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art, which features historic works of Arab modernism as well as newly commissioned works for the museum. In Arabic, Sajjil means the art of recording, a title which exemplifies the subject matter of more than 240 paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media installations on display as they reflect pieces of Arab history and culture over the last century.

See also Nafas art magazine for their first photos from the preview days and the inaugural exhibitions.

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