Title: Mathaf Talk with Jameela Al Shraim

Date: 15 May 2019

Time: 9:00PM

Location: Project Space, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Education City, Doha

The history of culture that emerged in Doha during the 1970’s and 1980’s has shaped Qatar’s art practices today. Artists have been the agents that have written narratives of the untold histories of art and society. Today, the institutional role of archive in the museum context in Doha is emerging, positioning itself as a pivotal source of documentation, research, and storytelling.

Artist Jameela Al Shraim, in conversation with Curator Lina Ramadan, will trace the history of exhibitions, art education and criticism, production spaces and the development of modern art, looking at the artist’s archives and personal stories.  

The talk will be held at Mathaf’s Project Space in Arabic, in conjunction with Project Space 13: Doha Art Map (13 March – 13 July 2019).

About the artist: art critic and visual artist Jameela Al Shraim was born in Rumaillah, Qatar in 1965. Her practice spans mediums such as painting, graphic art and sculpture. Al Shraim was one of the first female artists to join Doha’s Al Marsam Al Hurr (the Liberal Art Studio) in 1983. She received her BA in Fine Arts and Education from the Education Department, Qatar University in 1988. Since then, Al Shraim has worked in different fields relating to art education, art criticism and journalism such as in Al Sharq newspaper. She plays an important role in documenting the participation of Qatari female artists in the development of the local modern art scene.

The façade of Al-Marsam Al Hurr (the Liberal Art Studio), ca. 1982 


Join us for our Mathaf Voices guided tour in our exhibitions, every day from 3pm to7pm for, from May 2019 to June 2019

Tours are conducted in Arabic, English.


Curator Tour - M. F. Husain: Horses of the Sun and Raqs Media Collective: Still More World

Date: 21 March

Time: 4pm

Location: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha

Join curators Ranjit Hoskote and Laura Barlow for a tour of Mathaf Spring exhibitions: M. F. Husain: Horses of the Sun and Raqs Media Collective: Still More World. The Raqs Media Collective artists (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta) will be present.

The tour is open to all and free to attend. 

Mathaf Talk: Tomorrows Ripen Today

Date: 21 March 2019

Time: 6pm

Location: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

In conjunction with their exhibition Raqs Media Collective: Still More World, the artists will present a talk - ‘Tomorrows Ripen Today’*, which foregrounds the conceptual framing of the exhibition and presents the way in which Raqs works with time. The talk also presents Raqs’ way of thinking about how cities like Doha and Delhi, with layered pasts and polyglot futures, anticipate tomorrow and trace the routes straddling stories, histories, trade routes and ocean currents that connect people between South Asia and the Gulf region.

Raqs Media Collective was founded in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. They live and work in Delhi, India 

This talk will be introduced by the curator of the exhibition, Laura Barlow.

*Tomorrows Ripen Today is a phrase taken from Dohas for Doha, one of the works especially produced by Raqs for this exhibition.


M. F. Husain: Horses of the Sun



21 March - 31 July 2019

Maqbool Fida Husain (1913-2011) was a legendary figure in the history of Indian modernism. A founding member of the Progressive Artists Group, formed in Bombay in 1947, Husain played a leading role in revolutionising art in India by parting ways with the dominant genres of academic painting and miniaturist nostalgia.

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Raqs Media Collective: Still More World

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha

Atrium and Galleries 1, 2 and 3

21 March 2019 - 31 July 2019

Raqs Media Collective’s artistic practice examines questions of the everyday, alongside philosophical and historical inquiries of the universe. Unravelling structures of economies, time, and language, their work examines the shifting state of contemporary life and boundaries of visibility. This exploration of transformation, is embedded in the process and subject of their work, and in the collective’s name – ‘raqs’ – a term for movement and whirling, in Urdu/Hindustani, Arabic, and Persian.


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Save the Date!

6th annual Mathaf Student Art Show Harmony

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Join us as we celebrate the creativity of aspiring young artists from different schools in Qatar. 

Art Lessons at Mathaf with Ismael Azzam

Every Sunday and Wednesday 4pm-7pm

Manara – Education Space at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Join artist Ismael Azzam for a new season of Art Lessons at Mathaf and learn techniques in portraiture drawing using pencil and charcoal and paint. 

      Lessons are offered to people with basic to intermediate sketching and drawing skills

     Each participant must bring their own sketchbook

     Participants may also be asked to sit in as a model to have their portraits done

     Admission is free

     Seats are limited

     To register, click here

Are you interested to have your portrait done by artist Ismael Azzam?

We are looking for volunteers to sit in as a model for the Art Lessons at Mathaf led by artist Ismael Azzam. If you are available between 4pm-7pm every Sunday and Wednesday, and can commit to the time slot, please to confirm by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.