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The soft power of art, a manual in Qatar

REPORT – The emirate launches the year of the Fifa WorldCup with the first Jeff Koons retrospective in the Gulf. Arts, sports, fashion, education, everything looks to the future.

Special envoy to Doha (Qatar)

Funny place to meet? Artist star Jeff Koons met soccer star David Beckham in Doha. In the enormous rectangular volume of Al Riwaq, an exhibition space built in the park of the Museum of Islamic Arts (MIA) of Ieoh Ming Pei, which was royally inaugurated on the corniche, on November 22, 2008, by Sheikh Hamad Ben Khalifa al-Thani, father of the current emir.

On November 20, it was his daughter Sheikha al-Mayassa, the sister of the current emir Sheikh Tamim Ben Hamad al-Thani, who inaugurated this Koons retrospective, wise but monumental: 60 pieces in 16 rooms, educational, consensual and harmless. Protocol requires, Her Excellency wore a dark abaya (the long dress of the Muslim woman) but with the discreet Koons emblem on the floating fabric and its pop flowers on her anti-Covid mask.

More family-oriented, more tender

Supple as an athlete, Jeff Koons, 67 in January, gracefully followed the interviews, all recorded at the request of his

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