Turin, Italy (Sunday, March 13, 2016) at the Hall of the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts, the Academic Council of the Academy, conferred the title of “Academic honor Albertina” to Prince Amyn Aga Khan and Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.
The inaugural lecture in honour of Prince Amyn Aga Khan will be led by the Director of the Academy, Salvo Bitonti while that of Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo will be held by the critic Luca Beatrice.
About Prince Amyn Mohamed Aga Khan
Born in London September 12, 1937, Prince Amyn Mohamed Aga Khan is the younger brother of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV and the grandson of the late His Highness Sultan Mohamed Shah Aga Khan III.
Prince Amyn spent his early youth in East Africa and in Cairo during World War II and after the war, he attended the Le Rosey School in Switzerland.
He obtained a degree in literature with honors from Harvard University in 1960, and continued his studies at the School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard receiving his degree in comparative literature in 1963.
After Harvard, Prince Amyn worked at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations until 1968, when he began working with his brother.
Prince Amyn has a leading role in most of the boards of directors of the Aga Khan Development Network and related institutions. He developed for the Aga Khan Foundation, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (in which he is chairman of the Executive Committee), the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, and the Foundation “Aga Khan Trust for Culture “. The latter is intended to coordinate the cultural activities of the Aga Khan Development Network, which focus on architecture with a significant presence the muslim world.
Prince Amyn enjoys many years of active relations with various museums, programs and cultural institutions such as MOMA and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Louvre in Paris, the Foundation for the Development of Chantilly and was part of the Acquisitions Committee of the Louvre itself. He is still a member of the Council of the “Friends of the Louvre” and is president of the “Friends of the Chantilly Domain.”
He is deeply interested in the work of institutions designated to cultural and especially heritage recovery and has been particularly active in the restoration of historical buildings.
Since 1997 he has been the trustee of “World Monuments Fund” and was part of its International Advisory Board.
For many years, he was director of the project “The Silk Road”, launched by Yo-Yo Ma.
Prince Amyn has always been deeply interested in music: in parallel with studies at Harvard, he studied at the conservatory in New England and was a member of the jury of various music awards such as the Premio Venezia, the Vendôme Prize and the Geneva Competition.
More recently, the Prince Amyn has been active, since its inception, at the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada (which opened its doors in September 2014) and the formation of its collections.
He himself is a collector and a frequent state sponsor of major French and foreign museums.
He was a member of the jury for the prize of the 10th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2006.
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