ART LEADERS NETWORK: New York Times and Qatar Museums gather Art Leaders in Berlin
This week, the New York Times, with the support of Qatar Museums, brought together leading art minds to discuss the future of art and culture during the two-day summit Art Leaders Network. Participants included not only internationally renowned gallery owners, art dealers and collectors, but also the leading global art institutions. Among them were the New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, the Pergamon Museum Berlin and Qatar’s museums.
In its first edition in Berlin, the network addressed the challenges of the current art market. Topics of discussion included the changing relationships between auction houses and dealers, the potential of virtual reality art and the expansion of new art fairs. In addition, there was a lively discussion about ways to perceive art as an integral part of education, not solely to create greater social relevance, but to create an expanded framework for intercultural exchange.
Guest of Honor from Qatar was Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa. At the conference, she introduced Qatar’s new National Museum and spoke about the importance of art and culture to society: “It’s about preserving our cultural heritage and tailoring the cultural landscape to people’s needs.”
With Berlin – a city with a thriving art scene – as this year’s venue, the two-day event was finished with a festive gala dinner at the Arabic Cultural House, the Divan. Qatar‘s Ambassador to Germany, His Excellency Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, testified: “Today, Berlin is the cultural capital of Europe for us, and so the Art Leaders Network is now taking place in Germany.”
An inspiring panel discussion that same evening reaffirmed the conference’s main events and new developments in the Qatari art market. The highlight of the event was the unveiling by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa of the new logo for Qatar’s National Museum.