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French architect Jean-Francois Bodin, designer of the Mathaf, with artist Yan Pei Ming, whose portraits of the Emir and his wife hang in the museum lobby
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by Barbara Pollack

"I love it here," said Jeff Koons. "This is my sixth time in Doha since 2000." Koons denied that he had a project in Qatar, saying rather that he liked taking his kids for buggy rides in the sand dunes. He was standing in a chilly windstorm outside the new Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art, waiting with the rest of the crowd for the Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and his entourage to finish their tour of the building before everyone else could enter.