artnet News | Toronto Opens North America’s First Islamic Art Museum

artnet News | Sarah Cascone: Toronto Opens North America’s First Islamic Art Museum

The Aga Khan has been interested in increasing knowledge and appreciation of Islamic art among Westerners since his college days, when he realized that his fellow students couldn’t name a single Muslim artist. “The inspiration for art isn’t all that different, frankly, across civilizations and time,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “The goal should be to understand the art and…

Poem: Shariffa Keshavjee: The Jamatkhana in Toronto - “A Seed of Faith Planted…”

Poem: Shariffa Keshavjee: The Jamatkhana in Toronto – “A Seed of Faith Planted…”

Shariffa Keshavjee of Nairobi, Kenya, in a beautiful and thoughtful piece for Simerg reflects on the newly opened Jamatkhana at the Ismaili Centre in Toronto. She sees the establishment of each Jamatkhana, in recent and past history, as the planting of a seed of faith. Her poetic lines speak about the nurturing of the murid-murshid,…

Rizwan Mawani: Illuminating The Ismaili Centre Toronto

Huffington Post | Rizwan Mawani: Illuminating The Ismaili Centre Toronto

Exploring the Diversity and Complexity of the Muslim World With all the attention that has been recently showered on Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum, which opened its doors to the public on September 18th, it is easy to forget there is another gem located on the same 17-acre site. This equally impressive structure is not overshadowed…

Enchanted Lines- Drawings from the Aga Khan Museum Collection

Enchanted Lines: Drawings from the Aga Khan Museum Collection: Paperback Edition debuts November 8

Enchanted Lines brings together exceptional examples of some of the best drawings in the Aga Khan Museum’s collection of Islamic art, with special emphasis on those works known to have been created by a particular artist, whether actually signed or attributed by others to a certain artist. Author Filiz Çakır Phillip showcases these drawings in their…

Guide (Paperback): Aga Khan Museum

Aga Khan Museum Guide: Paperback Edition debuts November 8

The Aga Khan Museum Guide introduces this new Toronto museum’s vision, building, park, and Islamic works of art in an accessible form to the visitor and general public. It provides an overview of the historical, intellectual, and artistic wealth of the Museum’s exquisite collection, which includes extraordinary Qur’ans, ceramics, metalwork, scientific and musical instruments, luxury…

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LatinStorm| Video (Spanish): First Museum of Muslim Cultures and Art

Luis Monreal, General Manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in a spanish interview talks about the mission of the Aga Khan Museum and its collection. (Original in Spanish) Toronto (Canadá), 12 sep (EFE) (Imágenes: Julio César Rivas). El primer museo del continente americano dedicado exclusivamente al arte y las culturas musulmanas, el Museo Aga Khan,…

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The Guardian | Aga Khan Museum: North America finally gets a home for Islamic art

There were lustrous ceramics, shimmering skeins of silk, finely carved ivory, illuminated texts and all the latest medical instruments. Lavishly paraded through the streets of 10th-century Cairo, the Fatimid caliphs used the public display of royal bounty to help cement their new capital as the most important cultural centre of the Islamic world. Masters of…