Sheikh Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi.

MCA Chicago Adds Sheikh Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi to Its Board of Trustees

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has announced that Sheikh Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation, has joined its board of trustees, Carolyn Twersky of Artnews reports.

“He brings an incredible expertise as a leader in global art, culture, and philanthropy and through his work at the Barjeel Art Foundation, he is an important collector of contemporary art,” Anne Kaplan, the chair of the museum’s board, said in a statement.

Al Qassemi will also act as a cochair of the Global Vision Initiative, which aims to support contemporary art and artists from the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The project began as a pilot program in 2016. Since then the museum has acquired several works by Middle Eastern artists such as Marwan and Jumana Manna, which will be included in a group exhibition, curated by Omar Kholeif, that is scheduled to open in 2019.