More than 160 masterpieces displayed at a London exhibition have taken the breath of art critics away and left them marveling at the beauty and richness of the Islamic art.
“My thoughts turned immediately to the magnificent collection of Islamic art I had just seen back in London, at the Ismaili Centre, opposite the V&A. There are manuscripts in this show that took 20 years to paint,” art critic Waldemar Januszczak wrote Sunday, July 22, in the Times of Britain.
Januszczak was referring to the “Spirit & Life” exhibition, which opened at London’s Ismaili Centre on July 14 and runs through August 31.
The London tour is the collection’s first stop on a multi-leg journey that would land the masterpieces finally at the Aga Khan Museum, which will open in Toronto, Canada, in 2010.