For the opening, a temporary exhibition called ‘The Garden of Ideas’ features work from six contemporary Pakistani artists.
The most well known of them, Imran Qureshi, was commissioned to create a painting on the museum grounds, titled ‘The Garden Within’.
Qureshi said: “When I came to Toronto last April to visit the site, they showed me all the spaces in the museum and told me ‘You can do it where ever you want’. So when I saw the garden, and it was inspired by the Persian garden, this was so much like the miniature paintings for me and since I was trained as a miniature painter, I immediately related myself to this space. It looks very much inspired by the Persian garden but at the same time it’s not – it’s very modern it’s very contemporary and this is what my art practice is all about.”
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