15 June 2017

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Qatar Boycott: Will It Marginalise The Region’s Cultural Renaissance?

Last October I was in Doha the capital of Qatar which seemed like a well-oiled machine when it came to Art, Education, and Culture.

16 June 2016

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Picasso $100m Family Dispute Moves In Favour Of Billionaire Leon Black

A dispute involving Pablo Picasso’s family, over the 1931 “Buste de Femme (Marie-Therese),” has been settled out of court. The sculpture valued at more than $100 million has moved in favour of New York billionaire, Leon Black, forcing the Picasso family to pay the Qatari royal family agents an undisclosed sum.  The Picasso’s heirs now must pay London-based agent, Pelham Europe, […]

9 April 2014

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Richard Serra Unveils Major Desert Sculpture In Western Qatar

The Qatar Museums Authority is has announced the unveiling of a major landscape commission, East-West/West-East, by American artist Richard Serra for the Brouq Nature Reserve, near Zekreet in western Qatar, approximately 60 kilometres from the capital Doha, GPS: N25o 31.019’E050o51.948’ This goes hand and hand with a huge survey of his work running from tomorrow […]

25 October 2013

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1000 years Of Islamic Art: Unveiled At Leighton House London

An unique Islamic art exhibition will make its UK debut in 2013. For the display Afghan master craftsmen were given access to some of the greatest examples of Islamic art in the world at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar.  In response, they created a series of extraordinary works of their own.  The result […]

14 April 2013

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UK Fails To Stop Qatar Bid To Export £50m Picasso

We reported on 11 March that one of the most iconic Picasso ‘Blue Period’ paintings which has been in Britain for over 85 years is about to vanish from the UK forever. ‘Child with a Dove’ was painted in 1901 when Picasso was a struggling 19 year old artist, living in Paris. It first arrived […]

11 March 2013

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Picasso Blue Period Masterpiece To Be Exported To Qatar

One of the most iconic Picasso ‘Blue Period’ paintings which has been in Britain for over 85 years is about to vanish from the UK forever. ‘Child with a Dove’ was painted in 1901 when Picasso was a struggling 19 year old artist, living in Paris. It first arrived in the UK in 1924, when […]