The Aga Khan Museum, due to open in 2013 in Toronto, Canada, will be dedicated to the acquisition, preservation and display of artefacts – from various periods and geographies – relating to the intellectual, cultural, artistic and religious heritage of Islamic communities.
Planned as a venue for large international exhibitions, the 10,000 square meter building designed by the Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki will house its permanent collection as well as major temporary exhibitions. Surrounded by a large landscaped park, the Museum will provide a forum for permanent exchanges between the Islamic and Western worlds. It will also be a major centre for education and research and for the discovery of the musical heritage of the Islamic world.
Toronto, as a city is extremely fortunate to have such an architectural marvel that will serve as a domain from where the knowledge, inquiry, research and preservation of historical assets will spread. It will serve as a nucleus and provide the radiating illumination of the light that will transcend across cultures, ethnicity, histrical backgrounds, boundries & generations to come. Toronto will become a Dar-ul-Ilm, the city of knowledge, of the western hemmisphere.