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    Mathaf Encyclopedia

    A free online scholarly resource

The bilingual Mathaf Encyclopedia is a free online scholarly resource providing basic facts and in depth information on modern art of the Arab world.

It offers information on Arab modern and contemporary artists, their styles, techniques, artwork, contributions, concepts, terminologies found in the Arabic art glossary, as well as areas of specialisation related to modern art in the Arab world and modernism in general.

Peer-reviewed and translated, entries are original and provide comprehensive documentation by professionals and scholars. Entries include artists' archival material, photos, artwork images, and audio-visual material.

It is a work in progress and will continue to develop to include all artists from Mathaf's permanent collection, and subsequently artists from the region beyond the collection, as well as historically contextualising and thematic essays on their work.

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The Encyclopedia has been produced in collaboration with Qatar Museums and Qatar Foundation as part of the development of Mathaf and knowledge around its collection. We commissions scholars and independent researchers to write biographies and essays. The Encyclopedia is also supported by ongoing institutional and individual contributions.