This Ain’t Kansas – Art, Museums, and the GulfLightning Talk
Mikolai Napieralski, Qatar Museums, Qatar
Mikolai Napieralski spent three years working for Qatar Museums Authority in the Gulf. During that time he marketed and promoted exhibitions by Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst, helped establish a museum, heard endless rumours, and saw the inner workings of the art world's biggest buyer. This talk looks at the differences between art and museums in the east and west, and offers several colourful anecdotes about life in the desert.