Aga Khan Park, Toronto – The unifying Park of the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto (Image courtesy of Imara Wynford Drive)

Read at Simerg | The Aga Khan Park: Tranquil, Contemplative Space, and a Place to be Enjoyed by All to be Inaugurated on Monday, May 25, 2015

“… our faith constantly reminds us to observe and be thankful for the beauty of the world and the universe around us, and our responsibility and obligation, as good stewards of God’s creation, to leave the world in a better condition than we found it. The garden is, in this context, a particularly important space…

Ismaili Centre, Toronto hosts “Cities of Arrival”

Ismaili Centre, Toronto hosts “Cities of Arrival”: Imagining the pasts, presents and futures of cities and urban spaces

Throughout 2015 the Ismaili Centre, Toronto will host Cities of Arrival – a curated program of lectures, symposia, roundtables, exhibitions, performances, workshops, and activities that explores the pasts, presents and futures of cities and urban life, and critically imagines how humanity will share the most densely populated spaces on our planet. Imagining the pasts, presents…

International Museum Day

In support of International Museum Day, a profile of four museums by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture

As the worldwide community of museums celebrates International Museum Day today, May 18, 2015, the Ismailimail team is proud to present a portfolio of museum projects undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among…

Ismaili Centre Toronto Wins Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)'s People’s Choice Award

Ismaili Centre Toronto Wins People’s Choice Award

OAA announces winner of inaugural Lieutenant Governor’s Award, awards spotlight designs that shape cities and strengthen communities May 15, 2015 – Toronto: The annual Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Celebration of Excellence Awards on Friday, May 8, 2015 showcased the best in architectural design and innovation by Ontario architects. Twenty new buildings in Toronto, St.…

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The Aga Khan Museum collection includes a ceramic dish inscribed with the Prophet’s hadith

Ceramics are an integral art form of the Middle East and North Africa. This area has a long history of ceramic production because of its ancient civilizations. Trade and conquests resulted in many technological innovations such as a wide range of colours and metallic glazing, long before these techniques reached the West. From the ninth century on,…

Cities of the Dead Exhibition

Event – May 9 | Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan – Exhibition and Book Launch

On Saturday, May 9, a series of events at the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Museum will launch Cities of the Dead: the Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan beginning Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 4:30 p.m., with an evening lecture beginning at 8:00 p.m. at the Ismaili Centre. Through funerary architecture, this unique photography exhibition from Professor Margaret…

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The Aga Khan Park | The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Aga Khan Park, Toronto, ON (map) Home to the Aga Khan Museum, a repository of Islamic art and culture, and the Ismaili Centre, a religious site and venue for promoting the heritage of Ismaili Muslims, this 6.8-hectare site comprises four hectares of public gardens designed by Lebanese landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic with Moriyama & Teshima Planners. …

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Lumacare Healthier Living Centre Visits Aga Khan Museum

On Thursday, April 23, 2015 Lumacare’s Healthier Living Centre (HLC) visited the Aga Khan Museum of Islamic arts and culture at 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto. The museum, a relatively new and architecturally stunning building, offered attendees the chance to learn about the history and contemporary culture of the Islamic world. Approximately 40 participants came out…

Domus - Aga Khan Museum - Geometry Light and Staircase

Domus | Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Aga Khan Museum, Toronto For the first museum in North America devoted to Islamic art and culture, the Japanese master Maki proposes strong geometry, harnessed in such a way as to celebrate light in all its meanings. Design Fumihiko Maki+Maki and Associates. Photography Shinkenchiku-sha Discover, Explore and Learn more via  Domus, April 2015 issue About…

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Dawn | Treasures of Islam

No traveler to Toronto should miss the Aga Khan Museum, which I had the pleasure of visiting on a recent trip. The museum’s permanent collection comprises objects highlighting the artistic, scientific and scholarly heritage of Islamic civilisations. As is often the case when I visit the Islamic collections of museums in the West, I was…

From Ismailimail Archives - May 26, 1996: Brown University President Vartan Gregorian (right) confers the honorary degree Doctor of Laws upon His Highness the Aga Khan. (Image credit AKDN / Gary Otte via TheIsmaili.org)

Dr. Vartan Gregorian, member of the AKM Board of Directors to deliver Commencement Address and receive an Honorary Degree from Adelphi University

Dr. Vartan Gregorian will deliver the Commencement address and be recognized with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Adelphi University during its 119th Commencement on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY Dr. Gregorian is currently one of the members of the Aga…

A Companion of Muslim Cultures - Amyn Sajoo

SFU & IIS’s Dr Amyn Sajoo inspires Aga Khan Museum audience at the special book launch and signing of A Companion of Muslim Cultures

On Wednesday evening (April 22, 2015)  Aga Khan Museum, Toronto in collaboration with the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS), London profiled Dr. Amyn B. Sajoo who presented his edited collection of essays by some of today’s finest scholars. A Companion of Muslim Cultures, is the third book in the Muslim Heritage Series. This volume embarks on…

Aga Khan Museum - Course: From Cairo to Samarqand: Discovering the Cities of Muslim Civilizations

Event – April 28 to June 16 | Aga Khan Museum, Toronto | Course: From Cairo to Samarqand: Discovering the Cities of Muslim Civilizations

Explore major palaces, monuments, and gardens in historic cities! Through images and lectures, Dr. Ruba Kana’an, the Aga Khan Museum’s Head of Education and Scholarly Programs, leads participants in this eight-week voyage to Damascus, Jerusalem, Istanbul, and beyond. EVENT: Course: From Cairo to Samarqand: Discovering the Cities of Muslim Civilizations COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Ruba Kana’an,…

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Event – April 29 | Aga Khan Museum, Toronto | Lecture: William Dalrymple presents Return of a King

The Canadian Community Arts Initiative (CCAI) in collaboration with the Aga Khan Museum and The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF) Canada, are pleased to present the world renowned author William Dalrymple for an exclusive speaking engagement in Toronto. This event is in support of “141 Schools for Peace”, an initiative of The Citizens Foundation (TCF), in partnership…

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The Artefact that inspired the Aga Khan Museum Logo

Like their monochrome or bi-coloured counterparts, polychrome slip-covered earthenware ceramics produced in the tenth and eleventh century under the Samanids (819-1005 CE) are unrivalled in quality and design. While still using the simplest of materials, Iranian craftsmen achieved an unprecedented level of refinement in the production of earthenware dishes and in the colour and texture…

Celebrating Citizenship at the Aga Khan Museum

Celebrating Citizenship at the Aga Khan Museum

On Tuesday, April 7, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) welcomed 50 new Canadians during a community citizenship ceremony at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Jointly organized by CIC and local ICC volunteer committees, and held in welcoming public spaces, community citizenship ceremonies involve the whole community in…

AKM Finalist for 2015 Azure Awards

Azure Magazine | Aga Khan Museum – 2015 AZ Awards Finalist

Azure Magazine’s illustrious jury has selected the 66 finalists of the fifth annual AZ Awards, chosen from among the 720 entries that poured in from 43 countries. Commercial  ⁄ Institutional Architecture Over 1,000 Square Metres Henning Larsen Architects: Moesgaard Museum, Højbjerg, Denmark MAD Architects: China Wood Sculpture Museum, Harbin, China Maki & Associates and Moriyama &…

Passage to India: Hodgkin proves a superb guide

Passage to India: Hodgkin proves a superb guide

The Mughal rulers, Muslims who came from Central Asia, brought the style of Persian miniatures to India, where it was adapted to local tastes. Artists achieved a high degree of realism within the Indian conventions of figuration, in which faces were depicted in profile with large, curvaceous eyes and swirling moustaches. Both portraits and crowd…

AKM - Toronto Library - SunLife - MAPS

Aga Khan Museum Joins Toronto Public Library’s Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass

“The MAP program offers unparalleled access to Toronto’s art galleries, museums and attractions. We’re thrilled to welcome the Aga Khan Museum to the program. Families across this city can experience this wonderful addition to Toronto’s rich cultural landscape.” – Vickery Bowles, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library.   Aga Khan Museum Joins Sun Life Financial Museum…