Qatar to invest in art with launch of two new museums

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Qatar has unveiled plans to open two new museums in the capital Doha, greatly expanding the cultural offering in the Gulf state, with a third due for completion before the 2022 World Cup. The Lusail museum, billed to exhibit some of the finest examples of Middle Eastern and Islamic art, will house “the world’s most extensive collection of Orientalist paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, rare texts, and applied arts”. The 559,700 square feet venue will be designed by Herzog & de Meuron and will include an exhibition space, an auditorium, a library, and educational hubs, over four stori…

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