“One of the lessons we have learned in recent years is that the world of Islam and the Western world need to work together much more effectively at building mutual understanding – especially as these cultures interact and intermingle more actively,” commented His Highness the Aga Khan. “We hope that this museum will contribute to a better understanding of the peoples of Islam in all of their religious, ethnic, linguistic and social diversity.”
– Canadian Architect – Aga Khan Museum to open next month by Staff Reporter
Canadian Architect is a magazine for architects and related professionals practicing in Canada. Canada’s only monthly design publication, Canadian Architect has been in continuous publication since 1955. Also visit the Canadian Architect issue dedicated to the 2013 RAIC Gold Medal winner His Highness the Aga Khan at www.canadianarchitect.com/issues/toc.aspx?edition=11/2/2013.
“I worked with three professional scholars in the field and they told me that, in their opinion, this was one of the most important pieces of Islamic art that I would ever see in my life,” Stephanie Allen, the museum’s chief registrar, told CBC News during a tour of the facility.
– CBC News – New Aga Khan Museum will showcase Islamic art by Staff Reporter with files from Zulekha Nathoo
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (French: Société Radio-Canada), officially branded as CBC/Radio-Canada, is a Canadian crown corporation (state sponsored) that serves as the national public radio and television broadcaster. CBC/Radio-Canada is uniquely Canadian. As the national public broadcaster, CBC has the only media organization with a mandate to connect all Canadians, in French, English and eight aboriginal languages.
Plenty of museums around the world collect Islamic art—from ornate Persian carpets to Mughal miniature paintings—but there’s never been a museum in North America focused solely on exhibiting these pieces, until now. Standing near an elevated highway in a middle-class neighborhood, the museum appears futuristic, its milky granite walls crenelated in a few places to make room for angled skylights. Inside, the galleries are airy but the lights are kept low to protect fragile textiles and works on paper. A huge garden surrounds the museum, speckled with reflecting pools and rows of serviceberry trees and sage.– The Wall Street Journal – The Aga Khan’s New Islamic Treasure Trove by Kelly Crow
A new Museum to showcase the cultural and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations is to open in Toronto Canada in September.The Aga Khan Museum will be dedicated to presenting an overview of artistic, intellectual, and scientific contributions that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage.
– Artlyst, London Art Network – New Aga Khan Museum To Showcase Cultural Contributions of Muslim Civilisations by Staff Reporter
Artlyst is the most comprehensive art information website in London. It was created to distribute up-to-date contemporary art news, events, exhibitions, fairs, and auctions.
Entre el millar de valiosas piezas que forman el Aga Khan Museum de Toronto (manuscritos, textiles, miniaturas, cerámicas, joyas, instrumentos musicales, textos médicos, obras de arte u otros objetos) destaca un astrolabio del siglo XIV de Toledo que compartieron musulmanes, cristianos y judíos para medir la altura de los astros. El sofisticado aparato se llamaba también buscador de estrellas y se utilizaba especialmente para la navegación. Este aparato, pionero en su sector, pasó de la península ibérica al continente europeo. Los nombres de las constelaciones se incrustaron primero en árabe y latín y, posteriormente, en hebreo. Una de sus funciones fue determinar la dirección hacia la Meca y fijar las horas para las plegarias. El aparato español se ha convertido en el cetro del museo de la avenencia de las civilizaciones.
Among the thousand valuable pieces that make up the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto (manuscripts, textiles, miniatures, ceramics, jewelry, musical instruments, medical texts, artworks or other objects) highlights a XIV century astrolabe Toledo Muslims who shared, Christians and Jews to measure the height of the stars. The sophisticated device is also called star finder and especially used for navigation. This device, a pioneer in its sector, rose from the Iberian peninsula to mainland Europe. The names of the constellations were embedded first in Arabic and Latin and then in Hebrew. One of its functions was to determine the direction to Mecca and set hours for prayers. The Spanish system has become the scepter compromise Museum of civilizations.
El Mundo – El gran tesoro del Aga Khan viene de Toledo by Rodriguez Conxa
(Google translated article in English The great treasure of the Aga Khan comes from Toledo)
El Mundo is the second largest printed daily newspaper in Spain and is considered one of the country’s newspapers of record. It is Spain’s largest digital newspaper (elmundo.es) with many online readers in Latin America. The website also has an edition for the Americas.
“Local and international visitors will be surprised to discover how much the arts of Muslim civilisations are a part of our shared global cultural heritage,” the Aga Khan said. “We have learnt that the world of Islam and the Western world need to work together. This will effectively build a mutual understanding — especially as these cultures interact and intermingle more actively,” he said.
– Daily Nation – Aga Khan Museum to open next month by Nation Reporter
The Daily Nation is Kenya’s leading newspaper and is a product of Nation Media Group (NMG) Limited. NMG, founded by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1959, has become the largest independent media house in East and Central Africa. It has been quoted on the Nairobi Stock Exchange since the early 1970s. As the leading multi-media house in the East African region, it has print as well as electronic media and the digital platforms which attracts a regular readership quite unparalleled in the region.
The Museum’s Permanent Collection of over 1,000 objects includes masterpieces that reflect a broad range of artistic styles and materials. These portraits, textiles, miniatures, manuscripts, ceramics, tiles, medical texts, books and musical instruments represent more than ten centuries of human history and a geographic area stretching from the Iberian Peninsula to China.
– Business Recorder – Aga Khan Museum in Toronto to open on September 18 by Staff Reporter
Business Recorder is Pakistan’s Premier Financial Daily in Pakistan. The publication is owned by the Business Recorder Group which is one of South Asia’s preeminent media conglomerates with interests in Television, Web, Finance and Technology.
The museum’s permanent collection of over 1,000 objects includes portraits, textiles, miniatures, manuscripts, ceramics, tiles, medical texts, books and musical instruments, represent more than 10 centuries of human history.
– Tribune Report – Aga Khan Museum in Toronto opens Sept 18 by Staff Reporter
The Dhaka Tribune is a Bangladeshi broadsheet English-language daily newspaper published nationwide from the capital Dhaka.
When it opens Sept. 18, the Aga Khan Museum, home to the personal collection of the Aga Khan himself, will be one of the best museums of Islamic culture anywhere in the world with more than 1,000 pieces spanning a millennia.
– Toronto Star – Aga Khan Museum to open Sept. 18 by Murray Whyte
The Toronto Star is Canada’s largest daily newspaper, with the largest readership in the country.
A new and proud chapter in Canadian Ismaili Muslim history is set to unfold in September with the opening of the spectacular Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre in Toronto.
– Edmonton Journal – Offerings: Aga Khan Museum enhances Islamic values by Manssor Ladha
Edmonton Journal for over 110 years remains Edmonton’s most trusted voice, providing a professional perspective on news, business, sports and entertainment that’s read by more northern Albertans than any other daily newspaper.
The Brazilian granite gleams under the hot September sun, the 45-degree angled building reflecting and absorbing light as it casts a shadow on itself. Rows of mature trees line the parkland, designed by landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic, where water slowly flows from four giant pools. A number of benches allow for those seeking quiet tranquility to take in the vast green space.
– North York Mirror – Aga Khan Museum to open Sept. 18 at Don Mills and Eglinton by Fannie Sunshine
The North York Mirror is the North York communities’ leading source for news, sports, events and local information. It is also a part of InsideToronto.com – Metroland Media Toronto which publishes nine community newspapers in neighbourhoods across Toronto, reaching over a million homes every week.