Artist, scholar, collector and educator, Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani has played a pioneering role since the 1980s in cultivating and preserving modern and contemporary art in the Middle East and North Africa. He has been at the forefront of art, cultural and educational institutions in Qatar and is responsible for the foundation of Mathaf, the Orientalist Museum and, more recently, the Katara Art Center. He holds a PhD in Literature from Ain Shams University, in Cairo, and a BA in Literature from Qatar University. His artwork, which takes many forms, including painting, photography and experimentation with fabric, is deeply rooted in Qatar’s history and traditions and inspired by his friendships and exchanges with artists from across the Arab world.
Hassan began painting in 1984 encouraged by his friend, and then professor, artist Yousef Ahmad. In Destabilization, Sheikh Hassan experiments with gestures and speed, evoking personal psychological states and feelings. Painted at a human scale, this work functions as a projection of the body’s movement. The frame was made in collaboration with artist Dia Azzawi, who often shares Sheikh Hassan’s studio during workshops and other forms of collaboration.