Design Perspective: What Porsche and the Aga Khan Museum have in common

The 2015 Porsche Macan S in front of Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Two illustrations of streamlined, sleek design. (Photo: KATHY RENWALD via Inside Toronto)
The 2015 Porsche Macan S in front of Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Two illustrations of streamlined, sleek design. (Photo: KATHY RENWALD via Inside Toronto)

… the first thing I did was photograph the Macan against the beautiful and austere exterior of the [Aga Khan] Museum.

 

The Macan itself is a study in simplicity. Porsche is masterful at carrying their design imprint through the company bloodline.

 

The link between exquisite cars, like those made by Porsche and what I saw at the Aga Khan Museum, is the capability of humankind to make beautiful things.

 

It’s an examination of art, skill and culture in a lovely space that invites contemplation.

In the serene and beautifully lit ground floor where pieces from the permanent collection are on display, you can get lost in the ceramics, carpets, textiles and books. To see the pottery, metalwork and books produced in Syria in the eighth century inspires awe and melancholy. Contrasting the art and craftsmanship of that time period with the turmoil in Syria today one can’t help but be deeply saddened.

The Aga Khan’s own description of the museum’s purpose is powerful:

“The aim of the Aga Khan Museum will be to offer unique insights and new perspectives into Islamic civilizations and the cultural threads that weave through history binding us all together.

 

My hope is that the museum will also be a centre of education and of learning, and that it will act as a catalyst for mutual understanding and tolerance.”

 

– His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan

On the second floor of the museum is a fascinating temporary exhibition: The Lost Dhow: A Discovery from the Maritime Silk Route. The contents of an Arab ship lost in the Indian Ocean in the ninth century is on display. The ship was carrying goods from China. The Lost Dhow runs until April 26. It’s really worth seeing as is the permanent collection at the Aga Khan.

Discover, Explore and Learn more via  Inside Toronto | Blogger Kathy Renwald drives the Porsche Macan S for a road trip to the Aga Khan Museum

Kathy Renwald is a technology and gadget  enthusiast. Her favourite shopping is at the Apple Store and any place with electronics. You can find her at kathyrenwald.com; kathyrenwald.blogspot.ca; on Twitter @kathyrenwald; and Instagram at krenwald


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