The mission of Toronto’s newest architectural and cultural treasure, the Aga Khan Museum, is to foster greater understanding and appreciation of Islam’s contributions to world civilization, and to promote tolerance and understanding among people.
It’s a timely reminder, given beautiful shape, that those are the values that matter most. In his remarks at the official opening of the museum, the Aga Khan said 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.”
The museum is North America’s first dedicated home for Islamic art.
In North America, the next largest Islamic art collection outside of Toronto is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The Aga Khan Museum has an “international mandate,” with strong ties with the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.
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