International New York Times Hosts Art for Tomorrow Conference in Doha


Spectacular new museums and galleries are springing up around the world. But in an era of digitization can “bricks and mortar” institutions still contain the world of art? How will the digital and real art markets co-exist? What can museums do to reinvent themselves for a new generation?

Set against the striking cityscape of Doha, Art for Tomorrow brought together world-famous artists and architects, with leading museum directors, urban developers, policy-makers and financiers to address these critical issues and their impact on the creative cities of tomorrow.

The second edition of the conference, titled “Technology, Creativity and the City”, concentrated on the compound relationships between the ever-evolving digital world and the role physical art houses play in the future of a technology-based generation. The theme delved into the idea of tying the digital elements of the modern world to the creative process and how that can help build stronger cities and even nations in our world today.

The event, hosted at the W Doha Hotel & Residences, was conducted with the support of Qatar Museums (QM) Chairperson Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

“We're trying to bring contemporary artists here, to inspire young artists to see what's happening around the world, and to be inspired,” HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, QM chairperson, said. “That's what we've tried to do and will continue to do, with complete respect to our tradition.”