Cultural Diplomacy: Aga Khan Museum – The Road to Toronto via Parma, London, Paris, Lisbon … Lessons from the European Tour

“The Muslim world has always been wide open to every aspect of human existence. The sciences, society, art, the oceans, the environment and the cosmos have all contributed to the great moments in the history of Muslim civilizations. The Qur’an itself repeatedly recommends Muslims to become better educated in order better to understand God’s creation.”

– His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV
Keynote Address – ‘Musée-Musées’ Round Table Conference, Louvre Museum, Paris, France October 17, 2007

“My own family has been intimately involved in Islamic cultural history, notably during the Fatimid Caliphate which founded one of the world’s first, great universities in Cairo. The core collection of the new Museum in Toronto includes elements that have been gathered by my family through many generations, including the miniatures collected by my uncle, the late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, which will be displayed in a replica of the Bellerive room from my late uncle’s home in Geneva. We are deeply grateful to Princess Catherine for this generous gift.”

– His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV
Address – Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Gardens and Aga Khan Museum – Toronto, Canada  May 28, 2010

Watch the 10 minute YouTube video below to learn about the impact these special exhibitions have created as it toured across the various European cities during its early days. In the video, you will get an opportunity to see and hear as Mowlana Hazar Imam discusses the genesis of the Aga Khan Museum (AKM) initiative; Prince Amyn speaks about the promise of peace through the arts; Alnoor Merchant explains the various components of the collection; and Luis Monreal reflects on promotion of the AKM collection; experimentation of the exhibition at various global venues and design learning from various curators; and the anxiety of learning that it aims to create in the audiences. You will also note Prince Charles and Lady Camilla hosted by Mowlana Hazar Imam at the London Exhibition in addition to reading a profound comment by Prince Charles about the exhibition.


B: Explore the Cultural Diplomacy Series: 

  1. Cultural Diplomacy: Aga Khan Museum – Project Brief
  2. Cultural Diplomacy: Aspirations of the Aga Khan Museum
  3. Cultural Diplomacy: The Toronto Trio

C: Discover the Connections Series:

  1. Connections: Aga Khan Museum
  2. Connections: Dubai hosts International Preview Exhibition of the Aga Khan Museum

D: All related to Aga Khan Museum at:

  1. Ismailimail


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