NEW YORK—Christie’s chairman Ed Dolman, a 27-year veteran who first worked in the auction house’s furniture department, is leaving in late summer to work for the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) in Doha. Dolman has accepted a position on the board of trustees of the QMA and will work directly for its chair, the daughter of the emir of Qatar, H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Dolman will serve as the executive director of the Sheikha’s office.
In a phone interview with ARTnewsletter, Dolman said, “I’m joining them at a very exciting moment, when they are growing, investing in and building their museums.” The QMA oversees museum projects in the region including the I.M. Pei–designed Museum of Islamic Art, opened in 2008; the National Museum of Qatar, designed by Jean Nouvel, now closed and scheduled to reopen in 2014; and Mathaf, the Arab museum of modern art, which opened last December.
Dolman said, “I will effectively be working with Sheikha Mayassa to make sure that everything that has been agreed to by the board and set out in the long-term plan” is accomplished. “It’s a very wide-ranging series of projects,” said Dolman. He said he plans to divide his time among Doha, London and New York in the new position,
Asked if he will take part in acquisitions for the modern art museum, Mathaf, Dolman said he will be “involved in the process,” noting that such choices are “not one person’s decision.”
Dolman joins current board members including Sheikha Mayassa, former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin, Museum of Modern Art president Marie Josée Kravis, and Princeton University art and archaeology professor Thomas F. Leisten. Others serving are vice chairman Sheikh Hassan Bin Mohammed Bin Ali Al-Thani and H.E Abdulla Bin Khalifa Al-Attiya, who also currently is minister of state.
Dolman said he will be working as well with Roger Mandle, who was hired in 2008 as executive director of the QMA and was formerly president of the Rhode Island School of Design.