QATAR'S POWERFUL HOLD ON THE ART SCENE
Artreview's Power 100 list found Sheikha Al-mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-thani from Qatar to be the most powerful name on the global art scene. In only two years, Sheikha Al-mayassa, sister of the emir of Qatar, went from 90th to 1st place. When it comes to purchase power, Artreview identified Qatar's museum authority, headed by Sheikha Al-mayasa, as the dominating player. With an annual spend of one billion dollars, their turnover is 30 times that of Moma. In 2012, Qatar bought the world's priciest piece of art, Cézanne's Card Players, for 250 million dollars. Qatar's capital Doha is home to the Museum of Islamic Art, a huge project erected in 2008 on a man-made island. Expected to further emphasise Qatar as the art centre of the Middle East, the country's new national museum is soon to opened. The nation's modest population of 250 000 has raised questions of how many people will actually get to enjoy the art.