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I.M. Pei Designed Museum of Islamic Art to Open in Qatar, November

August 8th, 2008

Museum of Islamic Art, via slickrockfilms

The 337,000 sq ft Museum of Islamic Art is designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei and is reportedly his last project at the age of 91. The “MIA” will open November 22 in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Surrounding the tiny country is Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran, UAE commerce hub Dubai, and Abu Dhabi, where branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim will open in 2013. The Museum of Islamic Art is to preserve, study, and exhibit masterpieces spanning three continents and 13 centuries.

I.M. Pei designed Islamic Museum of Art opens; run by 25 year old Qatar royalty [Wmagazine]
In separate events, Qatar’s ruling family buys 72.8M Rothko, $52.7M Bacon, $19M Hirst [ArtObserved]
Art and Architecture in the Middle East [TimesUK]
Middle East museum a tasteful alternative to flashy development [SmartBrief]
Museum of Islamic Art: an international centre for dialogue [MuslimNews]

Mayassa Al-Thani via Wmagazine

For the past decade, the Al-Thani royal family has purchased nearly every important piece of Islamic art to come onto the art market for soaring sums. Controversy might arise from the many figurative pieces, outlawed in Islamic tenets. Slated to run the multibillion dollar organization is the 25 year old daughter of Qatar’s highest ruler, her Excellency Mayassa Al-Thani, who was educated at Duke University in the US.

164 ft atrium in the museum, via Wmagazine

Plans for a contemporary museum in Qatar is suspected to be in the works as well – the Al-Thani family recently snatched up Damien Hirst’s Lullaby Spring for $19.2M (a record for the artist), and were also purported to be the anonymous buyers for the “Rockefeller Rothko,” which sold for $72.8 million, also covered by ArtObserved here.

4 Responses to “I.M. Pei Designed Museum of Islamic Art to Open in Qatar, November”

  1. Patricia McLean Says:

    I would like to know if/where/how I might become a voluntary docent and receive the docent training that surely is planned as part of this project.

    I am an educational consultant for Qatar school administrators who serve the Supreme Education Council “Schools for a New Era”. Art history is my personal passion and would love to be a part of this new museum. I would also love to see interested students integrated into this project.

    Patricia McLean

  2. Jerry Springer Iheagwam Says:

    I would like to inform you that i am interested in your project.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Yours Sincerely,

  3. Sue Kopecki Says:

    I am an art Educator in the United States and would love to find resources on this wonderful new museum for my students, always searching for new connections on Islamic Art for my teaching. How I would love to travel to Qatar and see this museum!

  4. Egli Petta Says:

    The I.M. Pei Designed Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar it looks amazing!
    I am an artist and museologist and interesting to pursue a career in a museum but also in a gallery.

    I would love to travel to Qatar and observe the collections!!

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