Translated via Google – December 15, 2011 – Yesterday, the Louvre and the Aga Khan Musem of Toronto signed a partnership framework for Islamic Art.
While the Museum of Louvre will open in a few months the Department of Islamic art , this agreement will enable the establishment of a policy of exchange and loans and the creation of joint projects (conferences, expertise and programs research).
The combination of the two museums had been initiated in 2007 when the Aga Khan had lent works for the exhibition ” Masterpieces of Islamic Art “at the Louvre . The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto , whose inauguration is scheduled for 2013, will focus on Islamic arts and cultures .
The Aga Khan Museum + Ismaili Centre Rise Alongside the Don Valley
July 9, 2012 12:36 pm | by Alex Corey | 2 Comments
The Don Valley Parkway has served as the entrance to the downtown core for countless residents and commuters alike, a drive that is loved for its views as much as it is despised for its gridlock. Memories of watching the CN Tower rise and fall amidst the lush valley defined the drive into the downtown core after long weekends at the cottage, a glimpse of the fast-paced city that awaits. While sporadic condominium and apartment towers have popped up alongside the valley, none standout quite like the Aga Khan Museum + Ismaili Centre, currently under construction just north of Eglinton and the DVP. The buildings’ unique rooflines and proximity to the parkway make-up for their relatively short stature compared to the nearby towers, and although they’re still very much under construction, they nonetheless warrant your attention as you drive - or crawl, depending on time of day - along the parkway.
Hume: Ten things Toronto can look forward to in 2013
Published on Tuesday January 01, 2013
An artist's rendering of the Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan museum being built near Don Mills and Eglinton in Toronto.
By Christopher Hume Urban Issues, Architecture
One year ends, a new one arrives, and with it hopes for something better. However irrational, that is the expectation for 2013 — that things will improve for Toronto. Let’s face it, 2012 wasn’t the city’s finest year. Which is not to say that we will get our civic act together, but here are a few of the things we’re looking forward to in the 12 months ahead, in no particular order:
• The opening of the Sisters of St. Joseph building at Broadview Ave. and O’Connor Dr. Designed by Shim Sutcliffe Architects, the new structure isn’t technically a nunnery, but it comes pretty close. The combined residence, health-care facility and administrative centre is contained in a spectacular copper-and-glass low-rise and a restored early 20th-century heritage residence. The opening is set for March; until then one must rely on faith.
• Occupying a large suburban site at Eglinton Ave. E. and Wynford Dr., the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre will transform this part of Toronto. Already the magnificent complex is turning heads — for now, mostly those watching as they drive by on the northbound DVP. When complete, its effect will be felt across the city. The architects — including Fumihiko Maki and Charles Correa — have created a place of surpassing beauty. As an act of faith in Toronto, a gift to the city, the centre is unparalleled.
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Aga Khan, museums, Toronto
Aga Khan Museum will open in Toronto in 2014. The collection will have artworks and artefacts from the Muslim world. Canada’s commitment to pluralism, tolerance and inclusiveness is what attracted the Aga Khan to choose this country and city as the home for the museum. The Aga Khan trust for culture of the Aga Khan Development Network held a foundation ceremony for the museum and neighbouring Ismaili Centre in 2010. These Museum is being built adjacent to the Don Valley Parkway on Wynford Drive, north of Eglinton Avenue East. Link to coordinates on maps.google.com.
His Highness the Aga Khan, Karim Al-Hussain Shah, b. 1937), is spiritual leader of the Nizari sect of Ismaili Muslims. Here’s a little history and background, in case you need it: the first Aga Khan was given his title in 1818 by the shah of Persia. The current Aga Khan inherited the title in 1957. Nizaris are a sect that split from the Ismaili branch of Muslims in 1094 over a disagreement about the succession to the caliphate. Most Nizaris now live in the Indian subcontinent. Ismailis are a branch of the Shiite Muslims that seceded from the main group in the eight century because of their belief that Ismail, the son of the sixth Shiite imam, should have become the seventh Imam. (Incidentally, Prince Rahim, age 41, the Aga Khan’s son, recently announced his engagement to Kendra Spears, age 24, an American fashion model.)
The museum will show works from its own collection and temporary international exhibitions of Islamic art. The permanent collection includes well-known miniatures and manuscripts as well as objects in stone, wood, ivory, and glass, and metalwork, ceramics, and works on paper and parchment. The plan for temporary exhibitions is focused on highlighting the diversity in Islamic arts and cultures. They will explore innovative topics including the connections between Islam and other cultures within specific contexts such as the arts or sciences. A series of well-received exhibitions in European cities have given items in the permanent collection a wide audience.
The museum plans on facilitating continued cultural exchanges between Islamic and western communities. Its educational programs are designed for individuals of all ages, from school-children to researchers.
And, why yes—I’d love to teach an Islamic art survey course or related course using this museums resources!
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