DOHA FOR ART
With the active patronage of art and culture by the royal family, it was only imperative that the country played host to a range of artists and architects at the three day International New York Times ‘Art for Tomorrow' conference, held at the W Hotel.
Organised under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson, Qatar Museums, and the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage of Qatar, the conference reflected the growing international recognition for Qatar's contribution to dialogue and progress through art, and showed Qatar Museums' success in becoming a vibrant centre for the arts, culture and education.
HE Sheikha Al Mayassa impressed the packed hall with her keynote address where she highlighted the importance of culture and its growth as being a direct reflection of the growth of the economy. While Qatar has been creating a local narrative that is diverse, it also reminds each one of us of who we are and what we are, she said. She called on regional cultural institutions to work together. “Art has no religion and comes in different variations,” she said.
Over 500 senior leaders from the arts, public and private sectors, tourism experts, city planners and business developers were in attendance to discuss the changing dynamics of art and architecture, and their potential to transform people and places. Celebrated artist Jeff Koons talked about art being a culmination of life's experiences, architect Zaha Hadid threw light on her projects and the inspiration she has drawn from nature in designing each of them, while Jean Nouvel explained how he incorporated elements of Islamic art into the Doha Tower.
Top: High-ranking Qatari dignitaries at the opening of Art of Tomorrow including HE Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, HE Akbar Al Baker, and HE Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al Thani; Below: Arthur O Sulzberger Jr, Chairman & Publisher, The New York Times Company & The New York Times; Jeff Koons, Artist; and, Jean Nouvel, Architect were among the world-renowned figures who attended the event