PRINT October 2019



Ateliers Jean Nouvel, National Museum of Qatar, Doha, 2019. Photo: Iwan Baan.

NO ONE EXPECTED the internal dispute among the Arabian Gulf states to last this long. Since June 2017, four of the states—Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt—have severed economic and diplomatic relations with Qatar. The dispute doesn’t just exist on a government level but weighs on the minds of residents: Those living on both sides of the divide privately lament the crisis while publicly—i.e., on social media—refraining from liking posts by or openly communicating with friends from estranged countries. It has also affected the operations of the art world, both in terms of sales and in the sharing of information. A long-anticipated catalogue of Iraqi painter Dia Azzawi’s work, published by the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, took several months to arrive in the UAE, and then did so quietly, for those in the know.

The dispute has also altered the

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