Talk: Museums of Modern Art – Current Trends, East and West

26 March, 11am – 12:30pm at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha

National Museum of Qatar. Courtesy Ateliers Jean Nouvel


Join ArtReview and ArtReview Asia editor-in-chief Mark Rappolt in Doha for a panel discussion at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha on 26 March, 11.30am. The event is part of QatarCreates: Talks series, a programme organised by the Qatar Museums on the occasion of the opening of the Jean Nouvel-designed National Museum of Qatar. Titled ‘Museums of Modern Art – Current Trends, East and West’, the discussion will focus on the concepts behind the new museum and more generally on aspects of curatorial practice, programming, and socio-political engagement within museums of modern art. The panel will feature Abdellah Karroum, director of Mathaf; Michael Govan, director of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles; Adam Weinberg, director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Monica Narula from Raqs Media Collective and Vasili Tsereteli, executive director of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.

The full programme of events is as outlined:

Monday 25 March

4–5:30pm ‘From the Art School to the Art World: Preparing a New Generation of Artists, Designers and Art Professionals for the Future’
Location: Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts Qatar
Speakers: the dean of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts, Shawn Brixey; the dean and professor of art at Yale University’s School of Art, Marta Kuzma; Rosanne Somerson, president of the Rhode Island School of Design and British furniture designer and manufacturer, David Linley. Moderated by QM’s director of education Dr. Jelena Trkulja

5–6:30pm ‘Public Art & Cultural Heritage'
Location: Fire Station
Speakers: QM’s head of public art, Abdulrahman Al Ishaq; British artist Liam Gillick, whose new work Folded Extracted Personified has just been installed in MIA Park; French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel and Raqs Media Collective member Shuddhabrata Sengupta. Moderated by Tom Eccles, executive director for the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Tuesday 26 March

11am–12:30pm ‘Museums of Modern Art – Current Trends, East and West’
Location: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
Speakers: Abdellah Karroum, director of Mathaf; Michael Govan, director of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles; Adam Weinberg, director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; Monica Narula, member of the Raqs Media Collective and Vasili Tsereteli, executive director of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moderated by Mark Rappolt, editor-in-chief of ArtReview.

11am–12:30pm An interactive talk will discuss how celebrities dress for the red carpet and reveal the considerations that inform their choices.
Location: MIA Auditorium
Speakers: fashion designer Monique Lhuillier, stylist Brad Goreski and Lebanese makeup artist Samer Khouzami. Moderated by actress Nadine Njeim.

2:30–4pm ‘The Women’s Gaze in Art and Life’
Location: auditorium of the Museum of Islamic Art
Speakers: Monica Narula, member of the Raqs Media Collective; Qatari artist Aisha Nasser Al Sowaidi; Qatari composer Dana Al Fardan; Hamad Bin Khalifa University associate professor Dr. Reem Meshal and famed filmmaker Mira Nair. Moderated by Rebecca Rabinow, director of the Menil Collection in Houston.

Wednesday 27 March

1–2:30pm ‘Architecture as the Face of a Nation’
Location: Qatar National Library.
Speakers: Jean Nouvel, architect of the NMoQ; Rem Koolhaas, architect of the Qatar National Library; Ben van Berkel, architect of the Qatar Integrated Railway Project; Qatari architect Ibrahim Jaidah and Jacques Herzog of Herzog & de Meuron, whose firm has been selected to design the new Orientalist Museum in Doha. Moderated by Philip Jodidio, author of more than 100 books on art and architecture.

Thursday 28 March

9:30 to 11:00am ‘Designing the Desert Rose’
Location: National Museum of Qatar
Speakers: architect Jean Nouvel and architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff.

11am–12:30pm ‘Great Museums of the World’
Location: National Museum of Qatar
Speakers: Qatar Museums Chairperson Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa; Sir John Leighton, director general of the National Galleries of Scotland; Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg; Laurence des Cars, director of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and Adam Weinberg, director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Moderated by Dr. Julia Gonnella, director of the Museum of Islamic Art.

4–5:30pm ‘The Art of Engagement’
Location: National Museum of Qatar
Speakers: Qatari ARToonist Ghada Al Khater and international artists Jeff Koons, Olafur Eliasson, Philippe Parreno, Maya Hoffman and Doug Aitken. Moderated by Tom Eccles, Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

6–9pm ‘National Museum of Qatar Art Films – Museum as Cinema-Space’
Location: National Museum of Qatar
Featuring filmmakers and video artists who contributed to the making of the NMoQ, discussing the role of film in the visitor experience at the museum. Moderated by Fatma Al Remaihi, Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute.

Friday 29 March 

2–3pm
Location: Qatar National Library
Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani will host a conversation with iconic designer Diane von Furstenberg.

5–6:30pm ‘Arab Art Today’
Location: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
Speakers: Sheikha Maryam Al-Thani from QM; Qatari artists Amal Al Aathem and Yousef Ahmed; Egyptian artist Wael Shawky and Iraqi artists Ismail Azzam and Adel Abidin. Moderated by Reem Al Thani, QM’s director of exhibitions