From July 14 to August 31, 2007 at The Ismaili Centre in London, England, the Islamic treasures that will be on display in the Aga Khan Museum that will be built in Toronto, Canada are showcased in an exhibit under the title of “Spirit & Life: Masterpieces of Islamic Art from the Aga Khan Museum Collection.”
Continuing a successful collaboration initiated on the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat project due to open in Ottawa, Canada in 2008, Maki and Associates of Tokyo, Japan (Design Architect) and Moriyama and Teshima Architects (Architect of Record) are creating this world class museum. Also being built on the Wynford Drive site in Toronto is the Ismaili Centre, a collaboration between Charles Correa from India and Moriyama and Teshima Architects, with landscape design for the entire site by Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture from Lebanon along with Moriyama and Teshima Planners.
The opening of the Spirit & Life exhibit coincides with the start of the Aga Khan’s Golden Jubilee celebrations which will occur over the next year. Fifty years ago, at the age of 20, the Aga Khan succeeded his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan, as the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.
“This exhibition of artistic masterpieces from the Islamic world underlines that the arts, particularly when they are spiritually inspired, can become a medium of discourse that transcends the barriers of our day-to-day experiences and preoccupations,” said His Highness the Aga Khan. “Many questions are currently being raised in the West about the Muslim world, with countless misconceptions and misunderstandings occurring between our contemporary societies. I hope that this exhibition will hold a special significance at a time which calls for enlightened encounters amongst faiths and cultures.”
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Respected His Highness The Aga Khan
With respect and honor I would like to take this opportunity of thanking your honor for the given educational message to the Muslims during the opening ceremony of ” Spirit & Art Life.