artlyst [London Art Network] | New Aga Khan Museum To Showcase Cultural Contributions of Muslim Civilisations

We hope that this museum will contribute to a better understanding of the peoples of Islam in all of their religious, ethnic, linguistic, and social diversity.”

– His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims,
address during the opening ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto & Aga Khan Museum,
Friday, September 12, 2014.

From their earliest origins, Muslim civilizations have been characterized by a remarkable diversity of geographies, languages, and cultures. Toronto — and Canada more generally — is internationally recognized for embracing such diversity. The city therefore provides an ideal home for an institution that strives to promote mutual understanding, respect and tolerance among the world’s cultures.

The Aga Khan Museum has an international outlook … Home to a collection of astonishingly beautiful works of art, it will showcase the artistic creativity and achievements of Muslim civilizations from Spain to China. I think local and international visitors will be greatly surprised when they discover just how much the arts of Muslim civilizations are a part of our shared global cultural heritage.

– Henry Kim, CEO and Director of the Aga Khan Museum

Since 2007, over 1 million people have experienced the splendor of the Aga Khan Museum Collection. The Musée du Louvre in Paris, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, the Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul, the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore have all hosted temporary exhibitions of major works of art from the Aga Khan Museum Collection.



via New Aga Khan Museum To Showcase Cultural Contributions of Muslim Civilisations.


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