Prince Amyn Aga Khan: “This dialogue – silent, musical, literary – is what binds us all together in a common cultural heritage that we share.”

“Our hope is that the Aga Khan Museum will also be a centre of learning, of education, revealing the connections between the arts of Muslim civilisations and those of other civilisations, indeed between the arts of the different Muslim civilisations themselves. This dialogue – silent, musical, literary – is what binds us all together in a common cultural heritage that we share.”
Prince Amyn Aga Khan
Opening remarks,  exhibition at Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia exhibition, Vancouver, Canada, May 11, 2017
The Ismaili

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“… the 1,428 years of the Ummah embrace many civilisations and are therefore characterised by an astonishing pluralism. In particular, this geographic, ethnic, linguistic and religious pluralism has manifested itself at the most defining moments in the history of the Ummah, hence the objective of the Aga Khan collection, which is to highlight objects drawn from every region and every period, and created from every kind of material in the Muslim world.”
His Highness the Aga Khan
Paris, France, October 17, 2007
Speech

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Select pieces from the Aga Khan Museum’s collection were exhibited at world renowned museums in Europe and Asia, resulting in the publication of catalogues which include essays by a broad range of experts.

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia exhibition at
the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
May 11 to October 9, 2017

Daily Hive, Vancouver
The Ismaili

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Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in the Islamic World exhibition
at  the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore

July 19 to October 28, 2012

Opened by Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Singapore’s Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, and Prince Amyn Aga Khan.
Catalogue

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Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
March 31 to June 29, 2012

Opened by Malaysia’s Culture Minister Dato Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim and His Highness the Aga Khan.


“Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum” at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. Photo: AKDN/Alex Moi

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Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts exhibition
at The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia

December 9, 2011 to 26 February 26, 2012
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Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Arts of the Book and Calligraphy exhibition
at Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul, Turkey
November 5, 2010 to February 27, 2011

The exhibition was officially opened by Dr. Nazan Ölçer, Director of the Sakip Sabanci Museum, in the presence of  Prince Amyn Aga Khan.

It is my hope that the collection presented here will provide the public with an appreciation of the pluralism of Muslim cultures emanating from different and varied regional and historic aesthetics, some as different as those characteristic of the Mughul Empire or of the Egyptian Fatimids, but that all nevertheless shows the unity of Muslim cultures as well as their pluralism. Unity within diversity…. Our essential aim should be to underline commonalities and shared heritage as a way of counteracting misconceptions and prejudice.”
Prince Amyn Aga Khan
Inauguration of “Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Arts of the Book and Calligraphy”, Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, November 5, 2010
Speech

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Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum, Masterpieces of Islamic Art exhibition
at Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
March 17 to June 6, 2010

Over two hundred masterpieces of the Muslim world, spanning over a thousand years of history, organised along two main themes: “The Word of God” and “The Route of the Travelers.”
Catalogue

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The Islamic Worlds in the Aga Khan Museum Collection exhibition

in Barcelona
October 1, 2009 to January 17, 2010

at CaixaForum Madrid, Spain

June 9 to September 6, 2009

His Majesty the King, His Highness the Aga Khan, the Honorary President of “la Caixa” and First Vice-President of “la Caixa”, Ricardo Fornesa, inaugurated the exhibition at CaixaForum Madrid, in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan.
Catalogue

Geographies of Islam – The Real Fundación exhibition
in Toledo, Spain
October 9, 2008 to January 17, 2009
Leaflet

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The Path of Princes: Masterpieces of the Aga Khan Museum Collection
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, Portugal 
March 14 to July 6, 2008

The exhibition was officially opened  by Emílio Rui Vilar, President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Prince Amyn Aga Khan.
Catalogue

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Masterpieces of Islamic Art from the Aga Khan Museum
at Louvre, Paris, France
October 5, 2007 to January 7, 2008

The exhibition was officially opened by former French Prime Minister Édouard Balladur and His Highness the Aga Khan.

“…the Muslim world has always been wide open to every aspect of human existence. The sciences, society, art, the oceans, the environment and the cosmos have all contributed to the great moments in the history of Muslim civilisations. The Qur’an itself repeatedly recommends Muslims to become better educated in order better to understand God’s creation. Our collection seeks to demonstrate the openness of Muslim civilisations to every aspect of human life, even going so far as to work in partnership with intellectual and artistic sources originating in other regions.”
His Highness the Aga Khan
Closing remarks, The ‘Musée-Musées’ round table Louvre Museum, Paris, France
October 17, 2007
Video
Catalogue

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Spirit & Life exhibition
at the Ismaili Centre, London, UK

July 14 to August 31, 2007

The exhibition was officially opened by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and His Highness the Aga Khan.

“I am convinced that our ability to honor authentic symbols of pride and identity – and to share their beauty and their power with one another – can be a tremendous force for good.”
His Highness the Aga Khan
London, UK, July 12, 2007
Speech

“I understand that this is the first time these masterpieces of Islamic art have been seen in London. They are of quite exceptional historical importance and beauty. But, perhaps still more importantly, they also convey the clearest possible message about the close ties between the Abrahamic Faiths. For example, the magnificent Eleventh Century Canon of Medicine, which originated in Iran, was equally indispensable to Western scholars for the better part of five hundred years.”
HRH Prince of Wales
Speech

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Splendori a Corte – Palazzo della Pilotta exhibition
at Parma, Italy
March 31 to June 6, 2007

The exhibition was officially opened by Mr. Elvio Ubaldi, Mayor of Parma and His Highness the Aga Khan.

“The need for better understanding across cultures has never been greater – nor more pressing. We must do our utmost to value and protect what is greatest in our common heritage. It is important that the diversity of cultures, the pluralism that characterises many societies today, is recognised as a vital asset and prerequisite for progress and development.”
His Highness the Aga Khan
Parma, Italy, March 30, 2007
Speech

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