The Aga Khan has been interested in increasing knowledge and appreciation of Islamic art among Westerners since his college days, when he realized that his fellow students couldn’t name a single Muslim artist. “The inspiration for art isn’t all that different, frankly, across civilizations and time,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “The goal should be to understand the art and those civilizations better, not to criticize or ignore them.”
By Sarah Cascone, Assistant Editor, artnet News
North America’s first museum of Islamic art opened last week in Toronto, reports the Daily Beast. The new institution takes its name, the Aga Khan Museum, from Prince Karim Al Husseini, the fourth Aga Khan and 49th hereditary and spiritual leader, or imam, of the Ismaili sect of Shiia Islam.
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