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START Doha Art Fair benefits from the successes of START London

2017-03-20

Doha, March 13 (QNA) - The third edition of The New York Times 'Art for Tomorrow' conference, convened in association with Qatar Museums under the patronage of its Chairperson HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, concluded on Monday.

The event featured a contemporary art fair that focused on the overarching theme of the conference "Boundaries, Identity, and the Public Realm." The conference saw the attendance of over 300 world-renowned art and cultural influencers who convened to explore the tangible contributions art and cultural development can make to economic growth and nation-building initiatives.

"We are delighted with the success of the third edition of Art for Tomorrow and the caliber and talent of this year's speakers has been extremely impressive," Khalid Yousef Al Ibrahim, chief strategic planning officer at Qatar Museums said.

"The conference helped to showcase Qatar Museums' commitment and vision of becoming a vibrant center for arts, culture and education on a global scale. Through all our programs, exhibitions and initiatives, we seek to create a platform for artistic collaboration and exchange. Art for Tomorrow is a great example of Qatar Museums' focus on establishing Qatar as a cultural destination and I hope that delegates enjoyed the rich and varied experiences that Qatar Museums has to offer," Al Ibrahim added.

Much more than a conference, Art for Tomorrow also offered an all-inclusive experiential dimension, including the rare opportunity for the public and guests to view six of the most important Islamic gold coins in the world, on show for the first time ever at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) until April 3; private tours of local galleries, plus live auctions at Katara and a visit to the Richard Sierra East-west/West-east desert sculpture.

Artists representing leading international galleries showcased at the START Doha Art Fair, which benefits from the successes of START London, now on its fourth year. (QNA)

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