Sultan Al Qassemi, who is well known for his tweets about politics and life in the Middle East, made his money from a mixture of inheritance and entrepreneurship. He is a member of an organization called the Global Commission on Internet Governance, and also an MIT Media Lab Director’s fellow. In his collecting, he focuses on contemporary Arab artists, and wrote to ARTnews that he “sees collecting and displaying art as a further extension of my written social commentary on Middle Eastern developments.” His foundation, the Barjeel Art Foundation, holds works by numerous Middle Eastern modernists. London’s Whitechapel Gallery plans to present a selection of its holdings. Al Qassemi was considered a prominent voice during the events of Arab Spring.
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