• Collections

    Mathaf Collections

    The largest of modern and contemporary Arab art in the region

The collection of Mathaf is the largest of Arab modern and contemporary art in the region. It is the only museum and collection of its kind in the world. An initial group of works was donated to the public institution by H.E. Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani.

Holding several thousands works collected over the past 25 years, it continues to grow and today contains over 9,000 artworks from the Arab World and other regions that are historically and geographically connected to the Arab Peninsula such as Iran, Turkey and India.

Mathaf collection represents major trends and sites of production through paintings, sculptures, works on paper, installation and video works, produced since the mid-19th century until the present day. The collection includes key artworks by pioneer Arab artists such as Jewad Selim’s Baghdadiat, and Mahmoud Moukhtar’s The Nile.

As witnesses of their times, the artists and their works in the collection play active roles in articulating new artistic tendencies and alternative models of society. These interrogate the changes that have taken place in societies and local cultures during the transition to modernity and contemporaneity .

You can see a selection from the permanent collection at the Google Cultural Institute.