AKM - HIAA

Event – October 16-18 | Aga Khan Museum: Forms of Knowledge and Cultures of Learning in Islamic Art

Following the highly successful and stimulating HIAA Biennial Symposium held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2012, the executive board of the Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) agreed to hold its next symposium at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Occurring one month after the Aga Khan Museum’s opening, the Fourth Biennial Symposium…

ICT - lecture

Event – October 19 | Ismaili Centre, Toronto: Landscape Architecture in Muslim Societies

The Ismaili Centre Toronto presents an informative and engaging lecture by Professor Hashim Sarkis.  Using his emphasis on the integration of architecture with urban and landscape settings, Hashim Sarkis will give a talk about landscape architecture and its influence on Muslim societies, highlighting his work with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. EVENT: Landscape Architecture in…

ISMU-AKU at IC-TO

Event – October 17 | Ismaili Centre, Toronto: Aims, Directions, Programs and Publications of the ISMC at AKU

Learn more about the current work and publications of Aga Khan University’s (AKU) Institute for the Study of  Muslim Civilisations (ISMC) and the King’s Cross initiative, a major development of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in  London, UK. EVENT: Aims, Directions, Programs and Publications of the ISMC at AKU DATE: Friday, October 17th, 2014…

Esteemed architects Li Xiaodong shaking hands with Moriyama, founder of the Moriyama RAIC International Prize. (Image Courtesy: Alexandra Petruck/RAIC)

Archinect News | Reporting from [Aga Khan Museum] Toronto: Li Xiaodong wins inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize for the Liyuan Library

At the award gala held October 11 at the newly opened Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, there were two big surprises: the winning entry and the competition. First it seems amazing that such a small, modest building so far away could embody so many concepts we hold dear in Canada.  The design is resourceful, modest…

Wallpaper | Fumihiko Maki creates a minimalist, angular home for the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto

Wallpaper | Fumihiko Maki creates a minimalist, angular home for the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto

Every monumental museum is inspired by a great collection. In the case of the sparkling white-stone Aga Khan Museum, opening next week in the outskirts of Toronto, it’s the 1,000 Muslim texts, architectural elements, fountains, crystal, paintings and shahnameh, or epic poems, amassed by the holy leader of the Ismailis and his ancestors. When, in…

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

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,…

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper shakes hands with His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Ismaili Muslims, at the opening of the Ismaili Centre Toronto and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto on Friday, September 12, 2014. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

The Times of India | Aga Khan Museum opens in Toronto

 “I encourage Canadians coast-to-coast as well as international visitors to tour these architectural marvels. I am certain the Centre and Museum will help to promote spirituality and deepen religious and cultural understanding and respect in Canada.” –  Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, speaking about the significance of the two new additions to Canada during the opening ceremony…

House & Home | The Aga Khan Museum

North America’s first-ever museum of Islamic art, the Aga Khan Museum, opened in Toronto last month to major critical acclaim. The museum highlights the diversity and history of Islamic culture through an impressive collection of textiles, ceramics, paintings and stone and metal work. Even if you’re not a museum person, the site itself is worth…

Simerg - ismaili-centre1

Simerg | Photo Essay: The Ismaili Centre – “Peace Through Prayer” and “A Splendid Reality”

Today marks the four weeks anniversary of the inauguration of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto and the Aga Khan Museum by Mowlana Hazar Imam and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. It is also three weeks since the Centre was opened for congregational prayers . Simerg continues to do a  phenomenal job of capturing this epic “moment” in the life…

Edmonton Journal | Mansoor Ladha - Offerings: Aga Khan Museum enhances Islamic values

Edmonton Journal | Mansoor Ladha – Aga Khan Museum & Ismaili Centre, Toronto enhances Islamic values

“These centres serve to reflect, illustrate and represent the community’s intellectual and spiritual understanding of Islam, its social conscience, its organization, its forward outlook and its positive attitude toward the societies in which it lives.” – His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan at the foundation laying ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe The 17-acre site…

Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds: The Cargo of the Belitung Shipwreck

Aga Khan Museum Book Collection: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds: Paperback Edition debuts January 6, 2015

  In 1998 fishermen discovered a remarkable wreck of a 9th-century Arab merchant ship just off the coast of Belitung Island, Indonesia. The sunken ship’s amazing cargo included silver ingots, bronze mirrors, gold and silver vessels, and 60,000 glazed ceramics. As the oldest Arab ship ever found in Asian waters, the wreck is one of…

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, will house more than 1,000 items. Gary Otte / Aga Khan Museum

The National, Abu Dhabi | The new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is an oasis of calm and reflection

The architectural ensemble, a US$300 million (Dh1.1 billion) project realised without any state funding, is a gift from Canada’s Ismaili community, which numbers about 100,000, more than half of whom live in the Toronto area. Ismaili ties to Canada were strengthened in 1972, when the North American country absorbed many families … The Aga Khan has…