Jan 14, 2017 – ISLAMABAD – Syeda Sherbano Kazim: A presentation to introduce the world famous Aga Khan Museum in Toronto was held on Saturday.
The museum is the first of its kind of North America, dedicated to the arts of Islamic civilisations, and an audience of some 300 art enthusiasts attended the event.
The presentation was delivered by Henry S. Kim, the director and CEO of the museum – an initiative of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture – at the Serena Hotel.
Aziz Boolani, the CEO of Serena Hotels, said: “The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto [has] given a space to Pakistani artists. Pakistan art and artists have regularly found space at the museum, beginning with one of the earliest temporary exhibitions, The Garden of Ideas: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, which featured the work of six internationally acclaimed Pakistan artists: Bani Abidi, Nurjahan Akhlaq, David Chalmers Alesworth, Aisha Khalid, Atif Khan, and Imran Qureshi.
“I have also discussed with Henry the possibilities of taking more Pakistani artists to the museum to provide them access to an international audience.”
Mr Kim who joined the museum in 2012 around two years before the opening, gave a brief presentation on its vision.
The museum has had a very strong interest in Pakistan since its beginning. He said the museum existed because His Highness, the Aga Khan, wanted people to learn about the history of the peoples and cultures that comprise the 35 or more Muslim countries around the world.
He said: “Our education systems do not encourage us to understand diversity. You look at popular media and there is very little understanding of different cultures.
“Pakistan is one of the most remarkable countries in the world – it is also one of the most diverse countries in the world – one where 30 or 40 different languages or dialects are spoken, with many ethnicities, one of the earliest civilisations known, the birthplace of Buddha.”
KARACHI: Fomma DHA Art Centre (FDAC)organized a cultural programme at its centre here. Henry S. Kim, Director and CEO Agha Khan Museum Toronto guest of the honor gave a very informative, intellectually vibrant and aesthetically enchanting presentation on role of Museums in preserving the legacy of culture, arts, heritage and traditions of human civilization. He particularly referred to Agha Khan Museum Toronto which showcase Islamic and Persian cultures manifesting pluralism, traditions, integrated and diverse cultures and a treasure of vast heritage of Muslim world.
Islamabad – The Aga Khan Museum provides a space for Muslims and non-Muslims to explore the extent of diversity within the Muslim world both in terms of geography and centuries.
This was shared by Henry S Kim, Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto on Sunday. He was speaking at a talk hosted by Serena Hotels. Kim also shared the diversity of the exhibits in the permanent collection and the wide range of temporary exhibitions and programmes that have taken place in less than two and a half years since the museum opened.
Visiting Pakistan these days is the Director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto Canada, Dr. Henry Kim. Taking advantage of his presence, CEO, Serena Hotels Aziz Boolani invited a cross section of the capitals residents, including diplomats, to hear him talk about and familiarize his audience about this distinctive centre of Muslim art which is visited by hundreds of tourists and local residents.
The Shamadan Hall was soon full of eager guests and the event began with MC for the event, Director Satrang Gallery, Asma Khan welcoming them and asking the host to say a few words.
Henry Kim Director & CEO of the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, came to Pakistan and along with visits to arts schools and galleries, gave a presentation on the Aga Khan Museum, at the Serena Hotel. It is the only Museum based on Muslim Civilisations in North America.
Mr. Boolani, CEO of Serena Hotels, under the banner of their Cultural Diplomacy Initiative,inaugurated the session with a heart-warming speech, stressing upon the rich cultural heritage that Pakistan has to offer to the world, and the importance of supporting art and artists in Pakistan who are the window to viewing what essentially makes Pakistanis who they are and where they come from.
Mr. Kim presented the true essence of Islam and its influence and change over so many years through his slides.
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