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Qatar Is Becoming an Art Powerhouse and Its New National Museum Proves It

The Jean Nouvel–designed museum is a new status symbol for one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Eighteen years of development, $400-plus million dollars in construction, a footprint of 560,000 square feet, nearly one mile of gallery space—a lot of significant numbers tell the story of Dohas new National Museum of Qatar. Officially opened on March 28, the striking complex set between the downtown skyscrapers and Doha Bay was designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, who just two years ago revealed the glittering new home of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.[contfnewc] For his latest project, though, the Pritzker Prize winner went even bigger—as befits Qatar, which is now the wealthiest country per capita in the world (as evidenced by everything from the countrys over-the-top national airline to the gold stadium it has planned for World Cup 2020).[contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] Tasked with creating a multi-layered, experiential museum that engages its visitors and invigorates ..

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