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.