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Explore Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Experience a wealth of modern Arab art at Mathaf, which showcases evolving styles and genres. 

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Established in 2010, Mathaf providing a uniquely Arab perspective on contemporary art. The museum’s permanent collection features more than 9,000 works by notable artists from Arab world from the 1840s to the present day.  Landmark artists from countries and regions connected to the Arab Peninsula are represented, encompassing Africa, Asia and Europe.   

 

How to get there?

  • Mathaf can be reached by the free Mathaf bus service

  • Mathaf is easily accessible via car or a taxi (Uber is widely used, alternatively Karwa or Careem). The distance from Hamad International Airport is approximately 30 minutes. 

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Address

Education City Student Center, Doha

Phone

+974 44028855

Website

http://www.mathaf.org.qa/en/

One of Qatar’s most important cultural attractions, Mathaf provides an Arab perspective on contemporary art.  The works on display narrate the story of the Arab world as viewed by its artists, and presented through different art forms – from paintings and mixed media to sculpture; resulting in one of the largest collections of Arab-made and art in the world.

Highlights of your visit

  • Mahmoud Moukhtar’s The Nile

  • Jewad Selim’s Baghdadiat

  • Witness the evolution of the Arab world through its arts movements

As a commentary on socio-political realities, the art at Mathaf gives voice to the changes which swept through the Arab world. The works encompass themes such as nation-building, post-colonialism, reconstruction, the oil industry, urbanisation and a peoples’ aspirations in a rapidly changing world.  Traditional forms including calligraphy, craftmanship and geometric patterns are harnessed to produce works reflecting on social, economic, and geo-political changes current to the times. Mathaf offers visitors the opportunity to consider the reinvention of visual languages by Arab artists as they developed a unique voice that broke from Eurocentric norms.

Mathaf is housed in a renovated school building designed by acclaimed French architect Jean-François Bodin within the Education City complex.  The museum works to initiate dialogue, organising  exhibitions and education programmes as well as an annual competition and exhibition for students.

Mathaf contains an onsite library with a vast assortment of books on modern art and art history, with a special focus on the Arab world.  The bilingual Mathaf Encyclopedia - a scholarly resource providing basic facts and in depth information on modern art of the Arab world, is available online, free of charge. 

Mathaf is located inside Education City - home to seven world-renown higher education institutions and cutting-edge research centres. The area is home to exquisitely designed Education City Mosque, the Rem Koolhaas designed Qatar National Library with ancient manuscripts on display and the Qur'anic Botanical Gardens.  To witness Qatar’s living heritage, Al-Shaqab Equestrian Centre houses Arabian steeds, with tours available, while golf lovers can tee off at the Education City Golf Club with its state of the art TrackMan range. 

Best time to visit: All year round!

Useful information

Address

Education City Student Center, Doha

Opening times

Saturday to Thursday: 9 am – 7 pm
Friday: 1.30 pm – 7 pm

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