Exhibitions at the Louvre – Masterpieces of Islamic Art from the Aga Khan Museum

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Aga Khan Trust for Culture Collaborates with the Louvre and Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture is collaborating with the Louvre on two exhibitions of Islamic art in Paris, as well as with the Museum of Decorative Arts, also in Paris.

Masterpieces of Islamic Art from the Aga Khan Museum

At the Louvre, the Trust has collaborated in the preparation of an exhibition entitled “Masterpieces of Islamic Art from the Aga Khan Museum”. As the opening event of a season devoted to the arts and culture of the Muslim world, the Louvre presents nearly 80 works from the collections of the Aga Khan Museum in an exhibition curated by Sophie Makariou.

The exhibition includes six rare folios from the Shah-nameh (Book of the Kings) of Shah Tahmasp, the most famous Persian manuscript of the 16th century. It also features magnificently preserved medieval garments. Various examples of calligraphy bear witness to the vitality of the artists of the Islamic world ranging from India to Spain and from the eighth to the nineteenth century.

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As Eric Woerth, Minister of the Budget, Henri Loyrette, President and Director of the Louvre
and Christine Albanel, Minister of Culture and Communication look on, His Highness the
Aga Khan signs the official register for Heads of State
at the opening of the Exhibition
at the Louvre, 1 October 2007

The exhibition includes six rare folios from the Shah-nameh (Book of the Kings) of Shah Tahmasp, the most famous Persian manuscript of the 16th century. It also features magnificently preserved medieval garments. Various examples of calligraphy bear witness to the vitality of the artists of the Islamic world ranging from India to Spain and from the eighth to the nineteenth century.

The thematic conception of the exhibition groups the works presented into four main parts:

> exchanges between the Islamic world, Europe and the Far East;

> from figuration to narrative;

> architectural elements;

> from the Qur?an to the aesthetics of calligraphy, including a section on the Shia tradition.

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His Highness the Aga Khan with former French Prime Minister �douard Balladur at the opening of the “Masterpieces of Islamic Art from the Aga Khan Museum” Exhibition at the Louvre,
1 October 2007

The exhibition provides a preview of the treasures that will be presented at the new Aga Khan Museum, due to be inaugurated in Toronto in 2011. The exhibition presents a model of the future museum, which has been designed by renowned Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki.

For exhibition times and other details, please visit the Louvre website for information in English and Francais.

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Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, its achievements and humanitarian works.

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