Book shelves with colourful books in Mathaf's library


Our research team studies artists and artworks in the collection in support of our curatorial, conservation and education activities. We also provide valuable resources and information to local and international students, academic researchers, galleries and art professionals.

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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.

Send a Research Query

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 collection are of a highly sensitive nature and access to them may be restricted.

Please read our Research Access Policy before you apply to undertake research.

Then complete the Research Request Form (PDF) so that we may best assist you.