Report: Qatar Planning Biennial

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani at an art gallery. (Courtesy Getty Images)

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani at an art gallery. (Courtesy Getty Images)

In her Financial Times column this week Georgina Adam reports that Qatar may be planning a biennial.

Here’s that item, which makes a pretty good argument for it:

“Is the state of Qatar organising a biennale for 2014? According to the French newspaper Le Figaro, an event is being prepared in secret and a “college of experts” will work on the project but, in the longer term, Dr Abdellah Karroum, newly appointed director of Doha’s Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, might oversee it. Asked about this at the launch of Curate, a new prize being launched by the Qatar Museums Authority and the Prada Foundation, Ed Dolman, QMA executive director, said he had seen nothing in the programme about a new biennale. Qatar is, of course, the biggest buyer in the art market, with a number of members of the royal family, particularly the emir’s daughter Sheikha Mayassa Al Thani, being avid collectors in a number of fields.”

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Report: Qatar Planning Biennial