Dubai opens window to priceless Islamic legacy – Khaleej Times

Dubai opens window to priceless Islamic legacy - Khaleej Times
Shaikh Nahyan (3rd from R) at the preview of the Aga Khan Museum at the Ismaili centre in Dubai. He is flanked by Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of The Emirates Group, Arif Lalani, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE, and other officials — KT Photos by Juidin Bernarrd

Michelangelo. Leonardo da Vinci. Velazquez. Cezanne. Van Gogh. Sir Joshua Reynolds. Jackson Pollock.

Name the artists famed worldwide and you won’t find a single Islamic artist among them, that is, not one known to the man on the street.

“Most people can’t name a single Muslim artist. I find this terrible,” says Henry Kim, curator and historian.

Though Islamic art has been flourishing for over 1,400 years spread over a vast canvas stretching through Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, its amazing beauty and diversity is yet to gain the recognition it deserves. But come autumn and the lacuna will be addressed as the Aga Khan Museum, the first museum in North America devoted solely to Islamic art, opens in Toronto.

via Dubai opens window to priceless Islamic legacy – Khaleej Times.

Author: ismailimail

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

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