Posted on January 16, 2017

The Board of Trustees of Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum (FBQM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Kees Wieringa as the new Director of the Museum.

“I am delighted to have Mr. Kees Wieringa joining our leadership team at the Museum,” said Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani. “He is a highly respected professional whose extensive experience and knowledge will bring important insights to build onto the Museum’s success, ensuring it will continue to preserve and share Qatar’s cultural heritage.” Mr. Wieringa was born and raised in The Netherlands, where he studied music and art at Amsterdam University. In his previous position as Director of the Kranenburgh Museum in Bergen, MR Kees oversaw the collections, supervised research and scholarly symposia, undertook renovations and was responsible for the release of numerous high-profile exhibitions including Lucebert, Sjoerd Buisman and Silence out Loud with Joost Zwagerman. 

As Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum’s new Director Mr Wieringa is responsible for all aspects of the collection and its care, including the growth of the curatorial and conservation departments, the creation of a collections management system, the design and installation of the new galleries of the Museum, the launch of an extensive program of exhibitions and the creation of the Museum's innovative educational programs as well as the day-to-day management of the Museum. Mr. Wieringa, has a proven track record as director of multi-disciplinary museums and festivals that are significant for their artistic merit and great fun to experience.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Wieringa said: "Knowledge of cultural heritage, art and cultures are essential for a healthy society, relevant for new generations and an incentive for mutual understanding. Qatar is fast growing in the fields of finance, business and culture. When a nation is growing in that way it is important to know about your tangible and intangible natural and cultural heritage." "I think the FBQ Museum can take a leading role in the connection between future and past, between development and heritage. It is for me a big challenge to be director of a museum with such a quality of collection and ideas," he added.

The Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum was established in 1998, in the grand Qatari fort at Al Samriya Farm with its distinctive, breath-taking exterior. Built of local stone, with traditional turrets the building is itself a collector's piece. Designed to preserve and display the extraordinary artefacts collected by Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim bin Faisal Al-Thani, the building's return to historic Qatari architecture resonates against modern day Doha. Sheikh Faisal is dedicated to preserving and promoting particularly Islamic heritage for the people of Qatar and its international visitors. The museum has expanded since its opening, with new facilities for research and education purposes as well as state-of-the art facilities for entertainment.

The Museum is open for visitors on the following days and hours: On Sunday from 9am to 4pm while from Monday to Thursday, visitors are welcome between 9am to 4.30pm. For the weekend visitors, the Museum will be open from 2pm to 7 pm on Friday while on Saturday it will be open from 10am to 6 pm.