What are you going to change, keep, or enhance?
I would like to promote the collection, its history, the study and knowledge of the works and their conservation, so that the collection can radiate locally and internationally, because it is one of the most important modern Arab art collections in the world. I would like to push the dissemination and study of the collection further, supporting and pushing projects that can contribute to a better appreciation and recognition of Arab artists of the modern and contemporary period, through resources and projects already in progress, such as “Encyclopedia”.
I want to work in a much more collaborative way, in conversation with other projects, collections, and research centers that have similar objectives. Research should, in my opinion, be an integral part of the life of the museum.
I want to produce more group exhibitions, which often allow the public to comprehend the works and artists presented in a more engaging way. I also want to tackle contemporary themes and issues, again to engage the audience further.
What are your plans for Mathaf, in the short and long terms?
A new direction is often the opportunity to take a step back to assess and improve internal procedures if necessary, so that the institution itself has solid bases and working tools. The best way is to spend a lot of time with the teams and the various interlocutors and partners of the Museum, and, quite simply, to get the machine underway, since in any case a museum never stops, even less so during such an important year as 2022 for Qatar, with the World Cup.