Qatar Still a Ways Away from Robert Mapplethorpe

Doha, Qatar (CNN) — With exhibits showing nudity and politically radical ideas, Qatar’s brand new modern art museum may raise a few eyebrows in the traditionally conservative Middle East.

The Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, founded by powerful Qatari art patron Sheikh Hassan bin Mohamed bin Ali Al-Thani, is slated to open in Qatar’s capital, Doha, just before the new year.

Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Mathaf’s chief curator, says one of the museum’s major contributions to the growing Middle Eastern art scene will be to push the boundaries of what is deemed acceptable in the region.

While these collections taking a more liberal stance is admirable, the everyday censorship of Arts and Ideas in Islamic culture is chilling, to both artists and to international relations.


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