We research artists and artworks in the Mathaf collections to support Collection, Curatorial, Conservation and Education teams at Mathaf and to support local and international students, academic researchers, galleries and art professionals.
The Research Department has already produced peer-reviewed artwork analysis and biographical information on 130 artists from Mathaf’s collection. This also includes primary research material such as artist’s photos, private collections, letters, artist’s signatures, exhibition catalogues and much more archival material.
In 2014, we launched the Encyclopedia of Modern Art and the Arab World to provide public access to our research in both Arabic and English.
Send a research query to the research team
We welcome researchers to Mathaf. Access to the collections is granted to researchers with clear research goals and institutional affiliations for legitimate research and educational purposes only. Some of the objects in the collections are of a highly sensitive nature and access to these collections may be restricted.
Please read our Research Access Policy before you apply to undertake research.
Then complete the Research Request Form so that we can see how we can best assist you.