artnet News | Sarah Cascone: Toronto Opens North America’s First Islamic Art Museum

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.”

The garden at the Aga Khan Museum. Photo: Aga Khan Development Network.
The garden at the Aga Khan Museum.
Photo: Aga Khan Development Network.

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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All stories from Ismailimail reporting from Toronto:

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Discovering the Aga Khan Museum:  Performing Arts Venues – Auditorium, Courtyard, Hallways and the Park

Discovering Aga Khan Museum: The  Gift Shop

Discovering Ismaili Centre, Toronto: An Architectural and Engineering Gem

Discovering the Aga Khan Park:  Reflections – An Interplay of Nature with the Built Environment

Discovering the Aga Khan Museum:  In Conversation with Pakistan’s Genius Artist – Imran Qureshi

Ismailimail | Jubilation:  Memories of Toronto


All stories from Ismailimail reporting from Toronto – Noorani Family Connection:

Noorani Family at Ismaili Centre,  Toronto and Aga Khan Museum inauguration: Mawlana Hazar Imam, Prince Amyn, Prince Rahim with Princess Salwa, and  Prince Hussain

Happy Birthday Prince  Amyn and Thank You for all your gifts towards the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto!

Happy Birthday Princess Zahra

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