Every week, The National, Abu Dhabi Media’s premier English-language publication in the Middle East brings to its readers the top three international exhibitions for the week. For this week it profiles two exhibitions in the UK and one in Canada. UK exhibitions profile afterlife in ancient Egypt at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and India’s history told through a silk textile at the British Museum in London, featuring a 17th century Vrindavani Vastra with scenes from the life of the Hindu god Krishna. The Canadian exhibition of note is A City Transformed: Images of Istanbul Then and Now at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.
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From Byzantium to Constantinople and now Istanbul, the Turkish city has witnessed the rise and fall of many empires, while remaining a cultural hub. This exhibition looks at photographic depictions of the city from the Ottoman era to new digital works by Murat Germen. Images from the noted Turkish collector Ömer Koç are on display, with about 70 photographs, albums and panoramas from his collection. The show takes place in Canada’s Aga Khan Museum, founded in 2014 to showcase the glories of Muslim civilisation. A City Transformed: Images of Istanbul Then and Now runs in Toronto until June 26.
For more information visit www.agakhanmuseum.org
Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali