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Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani crowned most powerful woman in art

Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani crowned most powerful woman in art

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Power 100: Larry Gagosian, David Zwirner, Ai Weiwei and Hans-Ulrich Obrist have all made room for one person this year – Qatar's leading art lady...

Larry Gagosian, David Zwirner, Ai Weiwei and Hans-Ulrich Obrist  have all made room for one person this year, as Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani – sister of the Emir of Qatar and head of the Qatar Museums (Qatar Museums Authority) – has been deemed the most influential figure in the art world.

Sheikha Al-Mayassa

Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

British magazine ArtReview published its list of Power 100 and gave her first place for the active purchase of works of art in various auctions over the world. Her successful acquisition activity across the management of Qatar Museums saw masterpieces by Picasso, Cezanne, Rothko, as well as many pieces of modern art arrive to the region.

Interestingly, Sheikha Al-Mayassa only took only 11th place on the list last year, the winner of which – Christoph Bakardzhiev Carolina, the first ever woman to head the Power 100 list – dropped to 20th place.

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