QATAR'S POW­ER­FUL HOLD ON THE ART SCENE

Plaza Magazine UK & Europe - - TAILORING -

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.

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