About The Al Thani Collection Foundation
The Al Thani Collection Foundation was established in 2016 as a non-profit organisation with the core aim of advancing and promoting art and culture. The Foundation supports a range of public art initiatives through a programme of sponsorships, museum projects, exhibitions and academic publications, honouring artistic achievement across a rich diversity of cultures.
About The Al Thani Collection
The Al Thani Collection holds over 6,000 works of art spanning from the ancient world to the present day. The collection celebrates history and creativity through an exceptional holding of antiquities, jewels, paintings, manuscripts and ancient and historic works of art.
From 2020, works from the Collection will be shown at a museum space opening at Hôtel de la Marine in Paris, where the Foundation will host an ongoing programme of exhibitions, conferences and educational activities.
The Al Thani Collection Foundation: Exhibitions and Loans
The Foundation has supported various projects and exhibitions held at major museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Miho Museum, Koka; the Palace Museum, Beijing; the Grand Palais, Paris; the Doge’s Palace, Venice; Château de Fontainebleau; The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; and the Legion of Honour, San Francisco.
The Foundation regularly supports the loan of works from the Collection to major museums: recent venues include the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; British Museum, London; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Art, Boston; State Hermitage Museums, St. Petersburg; State Museum of Egyptian Art, Munich; and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
The Al Thani Collection Foundation: Recent Donations
Recent donations by the Foundation include an exceptionally rare door from Southern India dating from the 18th or early 19th century which is now at Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet; and an important commode by Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806), originally commissioned in 1774 for the Hôtel du Garde-Meuble, now known as the Hôtel de la Marine, which is now due to return there for its opening in 2020.
In Spring 2020, works from The Al Thani Collection will be shown at a new museum space at the Hôtel de la Marine. Located on Place de la Concorde in the heart of Paris, the space provides for the long-term display of works drawn from across the entire Collection. The 400m2 gallery will host a permanent exhibition alongside a programme of themed shows. The Hôtel de la Marine is one of two palaces commissioned by Louis XV in the 18th century to adorn the royal square. Designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel, First Architect of the King, it was built between 1757 and 1774 and originally served as the Garde-meuble de la Couronne, the repository for the French Royal Collections.