Good morning Art Xplorers,

I am writing a quick post to share a great article in the New York Times this morning titled, “Qatari Riches are Buying Art World Influence.” The article details Qatar’s efforts to expand its art collection and profiles Sheika al Mayassa bint Hamad bun Khalide al-Thani, chairwoman of the Qatar Museums Authority.

“We are revising ourselves through our cultural institutions and cultural development,” she said in a 2012 TED talk. “Art becomes a very important part of our national identity.”

Check out the article! I am interested to know how everyone feels about the departure of these masterpieces to Qatar.