The tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar is often overshadowed by its neighbors. But the country is gaining its own reputation -- as a player in the art world.
Qatar is on an ambitious construction schedule to build some half-dozen museums by 2016. The newest of these is the Mathaf, the Arab Museum of Modern Art. And unlike the Guggenheim in Dubai or the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, the Mathaf is not a branch of a Western museum.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published on an earlier version of KUNC.org on 2007-09-27.
Each month during 2007 - the KUNC newsroom is profiling notable Coloradans who embody the unique spirit of our state. University of Colorado Physicist and Nobel Laureate Eric Cornell has experienced life's extremes. As KUNC's Brian Larson reports - Cornell's can do attitude and positive outlook - may outweigh his triumphs in the laboratory.