Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art launches regional tour in Cairo

Published October 4th, 2010 - 01:24 GMT

Cairo, Egypt, Monday 4 October 2010: Mathaf, the Arab Museum of Modern Art, launched a series of pre-opening events to introduce the project to the global arts community with a discussion in Cairo last night.  


The event, hosted by Mathaf’s founder and Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) Vice Chairperson H.E. Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani, drew a mixed crowd of artists, gallery owners, critics, scholars, collectors and other supporters of the Egyptian art scene.


In keeping with Mathaf’s vision of being a catalyst for conversations on art and an institution that fosters creativity, the event centred around a discussion led by artist, musician, author and Cairo resident Hassan Khan and curator, university professor and critic Sarah Rifky titled “Locating the Museum”.  


The discussion explored the role that a public art institution can play in current day culture and the possibilities that can be created by such an institution.  


H.E Sheikh Hassan welcomed participants in the discussion by drawing attention to the unique period that the Arab art scene has entered.  


“This is an exciting time for modern art in the Arab world. We have only begun to explore this subject with the depth and rigour it deserves and Mathaf's main intent is to further this exploration", he said.  


Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Collections Curator at Mathaf, expressed her excitement at holding the inaugural regional event in Cairo by citing the city as a source of great personal inspiration.  


“Throughout my career Cairo has acted as a catalyst for my interests in Arab art and has been the site of many discoveries”, she commented. 


Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art opens its doors to the public later this year and will provide a forum where artists, scholars, students and the public at large can learn about, appreciate and interact with modern and contemporary art in an open and inquisitive atmosphere.  


The museum is built around H.E. Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani’s collection spanning three centuries, which was adopted by Qatar Foundation before becoming a joint venture with QMA.   


Following the lively event in Cairo, Mathaf’s event series will continue in Beirut and Marrakech before moving on to London and Paris, with a concluding event to be held in Qatar’s capital, Doha.  

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