Mathaf is a museum for contemporary Arab art in ar-Rayyan, located to the west of Qatar’s capital, Doha. The museum, which was opened on 30 December 2010, is currently located in a former school in Doha’s Education City that was redesigned by French architect Jean-François Bodin for this purpose.
The heart of the museum is the collection of His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Mohamed bin Ali Al Thani, a member of Qatar’s ruling family who is himself an artist and enthusiastic art collector. With this collection of 6,300 works of Arab art ranging from the nineteenth century until today and plans for a research centre and library, the museum is the first of its kind in the region. Mathaf’s programme, exhibitions and events offer an Arab perspective on international modern and contemporary art, and serve as a platform for Arab artists. This museum is a modern space for dialogue on modern and contemporary art in the region, the Arab diaspora and beyond.