The Al Thani Collection is part of The Al Thani Collection Foundation, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to advance and promote art and culture. This objective is principally delivered through public art initiatives including sponsorships, museum projects, the staging of exhibitions and academic publications.
Assembled by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani, The Al Thani Collection is an encyclopaedic holding of more than 6,000 works of art spanning from the ancient world to the present day. The collection includes antiquities, paintings, medieval manuscripts and ancient and historic artefacts, as well as a renowned holding of Indian and Indian-inspired gems and jewellery.
Exhibitions are staged at major institutions around the world: recent venues include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2015); The Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2015-16); the Miho Museum, Koka (2016); the Palace Museum, Beijing (2017); the Grand Palais, Paris (2017); the Doge’s Palace, Venice (2017-18); Château de Fontainebleau (2018); and the Legion of Honour, San Francisco (2018). In addition items from the collection are also regularly loaned to museums; recent loans have been shown at, among others, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; the British Museum, London; the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; the State Hermitage Museums, St. Petersburg; the State Museum of Egyptian Art, Munich; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
In Spring 2020, The Al Thani Collection will open a dedicated museum space at the historic Hôtel de la Marine in Paris. Formerly the repository of the French royal collections, this monumental building in the heart of the French capital will host both themed and permanent exhibitions drawn from the collection.