Jean Nouvel’s Surprising National Museum of Qatar

The National Museum of Qatar opened its doors to the public on 28 March. As The Art Newspaper points out, it seeks to be seen as “both a local museum for everyone, and a powerful statement of nationhood that will help transform Qatar into an Arab capital of culture.” Through the spectacular Jean Nouvel-designed building—which the French architect imagined from the desert rose-inspired facade all the way to the detailed scenography of the 11 interlined gallery interiors—the museum succeeds at both. Further, it’s a 539-disk feat of engineering. Inside, innovative displays fit in spaces entirely devoid of straight lines. It’s a space one must see to believe. Read more—and see more images—at The Art Newspaper.