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AGA KHAN MUSEUM OPENS IN TORONTO

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http://www.akdn.org/museum/collections.asp

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The first museum in North America entirely dedicated to the arts of Islam and Islamic cultures opened in Toronto in September. Founded by His Highness the Aga Khan, pieces in the museum have been collected by His Highness and members of his family for several generations. About two hundred pieces from the permanent collection will be on display at any one time.

The two inaugural exhibits are:

IN SEARCH OF THE ARTIST: SIGNED DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS FROM THE AGA KHAN MUSEUM COLLECTION, open through November 16th.

THE GARDEN OF IDEAS: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM PAKISTAN, open through January 18th.

The museum has some 1000 pieces of art and artifacts, covering one thousand years of Islamic history and including works of Muslim civilizations from the Iberian Peninsula to China.

Where else can you find:

Arts of the Book

Carpets and Textiles

Ceramics, Mosaic

Ivory and Mother-of-pearl

Marble and Stucco

Glass, Rock Crystal and Jade

Metalwork

Paintings

Wood and Lacquer

Carpets-and-Textiles

 

Cheers,

Elisabeth

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