Dr. Abdellah Karroum
Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
Abdellah Karroum is a curator, writer, and educator. He is the Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar since 2013. Karroum is also the founder and artistic director of a number of art initiatives, including L’appartement 22 in Rabat - Morocco, and has curated numerous exhibitions, such as, most recently, “Moroccan Trilogy 1950 - 2020” at Reina Sofia in Madrid (2021); “Our World is Burning” at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2020); “Kader Attia: On Silence” (2021), “Revolution Generations” (2018), “Shakir Hassan Al Said: The Wall” (2017), Wael Shawky: Crusades and Other Stories (2015), Farid Belkahia: Aube(s) (2015), and Shirin Neshat: Afterwards (2014), all at Mathaf.
He received his PhD in Communication, Art, and Performance from the Michel de Montaigne University - Bordeaux in 2001 with a dissertation titled “Nomadic Works: Towards a Post-Contemporary Art,” accomplished while working full time at the CAPC Musée in Bordeaux (1991-1996). He was alumni of MoMA-Columbia University Curatorial Leadership program (2014) and he regularly writes for specialized art publications.