Qatar Museum Authority/Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art
Collection Type: Museum
Collection Size: < 1,000 Period: 1860-1900 Later than 1980 Type of Material & Format: Black and White images Colour images Website: http://www.mathaf.org.qa/en/ Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, founded in 2010 is part of Qatar Museums, led by H.E. Sheikha al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Mathaf Collection, co-owned by Qatar Museums and Qatar Foundation, is now holding over 9,000 works, making it the world’s largest specialized collection of its kind. Mathaf organises major exhibitions, both historical and experimental, and large-scale education programs performing an important role as a center for dialogue, research, and a resource for fostering creativity. Mathaf hosts solo and group exhibitions by artists from the region, and events that explore and celebrate modern and contemporary art. The photograph collection includes around 1000 photographs, some dating back to the 1860s and others later than 1980s. It also includes old cameras and related paraphernalia If on view in an exhibition, the collection is open to the general public. A request has to be made in order to view objects in storage and permission is usually only granted to researchers, artists and visitors from other institutions.
Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum
Collection Type: Museum Private collection
Collection Size: 1,000-10,000
Period: 1930-1960 1960-1980 Later than 1980
Type of Material & Format: Black and White images Colour images
Sheikh Faysal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum is the only institution in Qatar which is not under the authority of Qatar Museum Authority or Qatar Foundation.
Sheikh Faysal Bin Qassim Al Thani has been collecting artefacts for over forty years. He started collecting watches, later extended his interest to photographs before starting a general collection of any artefact in the world worth collecting. His extensive collection is made of cars, Islamic art, furniture, paintings, coins, religious objects, etc and photographs. The museum, located in the desert 30km from Doha, opened to the public in 1998 and his museography is of a wide organised warehouse.
In terms of photographs, the museum preserves and displays portraits of the ruling al-Thani royal family and members and forebears along with photographs of the sheikh in different moment of his life: the sheikh hunting, fishing, driving, eating, receiving foreign officials, etc. It also includes photographs of life in Qatar before the oil boom, and memorabilia of famous arab actors and Saddam Hussein.
Name: Dr Talib Al-Baghadadi
Address: P. O. Box: 6 Doha – Qatar
Tel: +974 486 1444