The International New York Times launches new ‘Art For Tomorrow’ conference

The International New York Times will host its inaugural Art for Tomorrow conference, organized with Qatar Museums and the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage of Qatar, on 14th to 16th March 2015 at the W hotel in Doha.

The agenda will focus on the art and architecture that is playing a vital role in building communities, developing commerce and enriching lives throughout the globe. It will explore the changing dynamics of art and architecture and their potential to change people and places, including how investment in art and culture contributes to urban spaces and can reinvigorate communities, the function of corporate investment in art, and how investing in cultural projects contributes to brand identity. Delegates will include artists, gallerists, architects, urban planners, political decision-makers, and cultural and financial experts.

The conference will be introduced by Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., Chairman and Publisher, The New York Times Company and will feature Scott Reyburn, columnist for the International New York Times on the art market.

The speakers include:

  • Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Chairperson, Qatar Museums (delivering opening address)
  • Jeff Koons, Artist
  • Jack Lang, President of L’Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
  • Jean Nouvel, Architect
  • Rem Koolhaas, Architect and Professor, OMA and Harvard University
  • Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • Bruno Vinciguerra, chief operating officer, Sotheby’s
  • Dr. Lars Nittve, Director, M+ in West Kowloon
  • Friedhelm Hutte, Global Head of Art, Deutsche Bank
  • Akbar Al Baker, Group CEO Qatar Airways
  • Victoria Siddall, Frieze Art Fair Director
  • Gail Lord, President, Lord Cultural Resources
  • Adrian Ellis, AEA Consulting
  • Ali Güreli, Founder and Chairman, Contemporary Istanbul
  • Dr Abdellah Karroum, Director of Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art
  • Mohammed Hafiz, Director, Athr Gallery, Jeddah
  • Jean-Paul Engelen, Director, Public Art Programs, Qatar Museums
  • Florian Wupperfeld, CEO, Leading Cultural Destinations
  • Klaus Peter Kofler, CEO, Kofler & Kompanie International caterers
  • Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah, luxury retailer (Villa Moda) and art collector
  • Andrew Shoben, Director, Greyworld
  • Domenico Quaranta, digital art expert
  • Ana Andueza Amman, Partner, Deloitte
  • Savita Apte, Chair, Abraaj Art Prize and member of Art Dubai
  • Yorgos Archimandritis, curator, author and broadcaster
  • Miguel Angel Corzo, curator and critic
  • Yousef Ahmad, Qatari Artist
  • Ali Hassan, Qatari artist

Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., Chairman and Publisher, The New York Times Company, commented:

‘We are delighted to be hosting this inaugural conference in Doha. The conference is about identifying and understanding the connection points between art, architecture, business and the broader community, whether local or international and we look forward to hosting important discussions between the global leaders in their fields.”

The two-day event will include traditional panel sessions, as well as interactive sessions called ‘Salons’, where the audience is invited to participate by voting for or against a motion. The final session will also be interspersed with live artistic demonstrations to complement the discussion.

Commenting on the Art for Tomorrow conference, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani said:

“Art, creativity and heritage plays a hugely important role in Qatar and supports the realisation of our National Vision. Hosting Art for Tomorrow 2015 reflects our country’s continued progress in bridging cultures, encouraging cultural exchange and nurturing creative talent. It is a privilege to host such a diverse and renowned group of experts, cultural figures and institutions from around the World.”

Sotheby’s is the headline sponsor for Art for Tomorrow. Bruno Vinciguerra, Sotheby’s Chief Operating Officer, said:

“We are delighted to be involved with the International New York Times Art for Tomorrow conference. Sotheby’s support for the conference is part of our long-term and ongoing presence in the Middle East. In 2009 Sotheby’s inaugural sale in the region took place in Doha, the first international art auction ever in Qatar. Since then, we have held numerous sales across a range of categories and staged exhibitions throughout the region in the UAE and Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, which have included a strong focus on education.”