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A collaborative project between Qatar Museums, Qatar Foundation and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, the Mathaf Encyclopedia of Modern Art and the Arab World provides a major resource on artists from the Arab world and their histories. Envisioned by H. E. Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani, as part of the development of Mathaf and knowledge around its collection, the research team at Mathaf, under the direction of Professor Nada Shabout, former Founding Consulting Director of Research at Mathaf, initiated the process to commission scholars and independent researchers to author Encyclopedia entries.​ ​ Read more​​​

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    Through a career that was actively engaged in the founding of national art institutions, cultural pedagogy, and a civically oriented, domestic aesthetic, Omar Onsi helped to create the iconography of modern Lebanon. His rural landscapes are best known, but he Read more
  • Kadhim Haidar
    As a child growing up in the Fadhl neighborhood of Baghdad, Haidar loved to draw. When the artist Mohammad Saleh Zaki visited his elementary school and instructed the students to draw a fish, Haidar drew a fish in a peculiar Read more
  • Abdel Hadi el-Gazzar
    During his short but prolific career, Abdel Hadi el-Gazzar rose to become one of the most important Egyptian artists of the postwar period. He began painting in a folk style, influenced by Surrealism and the traditions and motifs of Cairo’s Read more
  • Gazbia Sirry
    Gazbia Sirry was part of a group of female artists who came to prominence in the 1950s during the Nasser Era in Egypt. Throughout her sixty-year career, she has responded to shifts in the political, social, and artistic climates in Read more