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Art for Tomorrow 2017


Art for Tomorrow 2017
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The New York Times 3rd annual Art for Tomorrow Conference takes place at the W Doha Hotel & Residences in Qatar from March 10-13, 2017. A hub for over 200 of the world’s most influential thought leaders and innovators, this prestigious event attracts world-renowned artists, museum directors and curators, architects and urban planners, along with corporate and civic leaders.

Art for Tomorrow 2016
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Led by award-winning New York Times journalists, this year’s event, convened in association with Qatar Museums, will explore the tangible contributions art and cultural development can make to economic growth and nation-building initiatives. The conference will be introduced by Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., chairman of The New York Times Company and publisher of The New York Times.

Guests at the Art for Tomorrow Conference dinner last year
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Confirmed speakers include:

  • Christo, Artist

  • Idris Khan, Artist

  • Liu Bolin, Artist

  • Bernardo Paz, Art Collector and Creator, Inhotim

  • Chris Michaels, Head of Digital Media and Publishing, The British Museum

  • Yannis Behrakis, Photojournalist, Reuters

  • Dr. Andreas Görgen, Director General for Culture and Communication, German Federal Foreign Office

  • Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, Former Governor General of Canada

  • Prof. Dr. Hermann Parzinger, President, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

  • Vilma Jurkute, Director, Alserka Avenue

  • Pedro Gadanho, Director, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon

  • Dia Azzawi, Artist

  • Sir David Chipperfield, Architect, David Chipperfield Architects

  • His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Mohamed bin Ali al-Thani, Collector and Founder, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

  • Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Columnist and Founder, Barjeel Art Foundation

  • Allan Schwartzman, Chief Curator and Creative Director, Inhotim, and Founder and Principal, Art Agency, Partners

  • Daniel Tobin, Co-Founder and Creative Director, UAP (Urban Art Projects)

  • Barthélémy Tuguo, Artist

  • Julien Breton (a.k.a. Kaalam), Artist

  • Abdulnasser Gharem, Artist and Founder, The Gharem Studio

  • Shaweesh, Artist

  • Julian Payne, Creative Design Director, De La Rue

  • Prof. Peter Stone, Unesco Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace, Newcastle University

  • Faig Ahmed, Artist

  • Touria El Glaoui, Founding Director, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

  • Dr. Zaki Aslan, Regional Representative for the Arab States, The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

  • Amanda Pinatih, Art Historian and Curator, Design Museum Dharavi

  • Jorge Mañes Rubio, Artist, Design Museum Dharavi

  • Tariq al-Jaidah, Managing Director, Al-Jaidah Brothers W.L.L.

  • Yorgos Kaminis, Mayor, City of Athens

Final participants

  • Robert Wilson, Theater and Visual Artist

  • Subodh Gupta, Artist

  • Irina Bokova, Director General, Unesco

  • Nigel Hurst, Gallery Director and Chief Executive, Saatchi Gallery London

  • Isabelle de La Bruyère, Senior Director, Chairman’s Office, and Head of Client Advisory, Europe, Middle East, Russia and India, Christie’s

  • Robbie Antonio, Collector and C.E.O., Revolution Precrafted Properties

  • Amalia Ulman, Artist

  • Kongo, Artist

  • Cao Fei, Artist

  • Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Artist

  • Lalla Essaydi, Artist

Through key presentations, interviews and a series of cultural activities, the event will explore the tangible contributions art and culture can make to economic growth and national identity. Topics will include areas of collaboration and competition among countries of the Arab world in the creation of a new cultural landscape; the challenge of heritage protection in the context of Palmyra; and the impact of censorship on artistic expression.

The Sotheby's panel at last year's edition
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Much more than a conference, Art for Tomorrow also offers an experiential dimension in the form of exclusive private viewings of the Picasso-Giacometti exhibition, START Doha Art Fair in affiliation with the Saatchi Gallery, guided tours of Richard Serra’s sculpture in the desert and notable museums, plus a world-class coin exhibition. These all provide ideal platforms for networking and connecting with business leaders from this burgeoning sector.


Inaugural START Doha Art Fair

This year sees the event working in collaboration with contemporary art fair START to hold its first event in Doha. Presented in partnership with the Saatchi Gallery and featuring a section on up and coming local talent by artist and curator Mahmoud Obaidi, START Doha will showcase a selection of artworks from galleries specially invited to attend.

Works from the following artists and galleries will be on display on the 29th floor of the W Doha Hotel & Residences throughout the duration of the conference:

Montoro12 Contemporary Art

Faig Ahmed and Larissa Sansour

Hafez Gallery

Raeda Ashour, Filwa Nazer, Adel al-Quraishi, Maïmouna Guerresi, Osama Esid, Ibrahim el-Dessouki, Mohammed Zaza


Ali Hassan

Owais Hussain

Qatar For Tomorrow



The 2017 New York Times Art for Tomorrow Conference is organized in collaboration with START Solo and is supported by headline sponsors Richard Mille and Numismatica Genevensis, bronze sponsors the Federal Foreign Office, Germany and AlBahie Auction House, as well as airline partner Qatar Airways. The host sponsors are Jaidah Holdings and W Doha Hotel & Residences. 

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Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.

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