Next month the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park are expected to be officially opened. In anticipation of this landmark event, NanoWisdoms is pleased to present The Road to Toronto series in which, each week, we’ll focus on a different aspect of this multi-faceted institution. This week’s instalment, and last of the series, is on the collaborative aspect and the Aga Khan Museum exhibitions.

Between 2007 and 2012, while the Museum’s facilities were under construction, the Museum nevertheless embarked on its mission to bring knowledge of Muslim civilisations to Western audiences, holding eight exhibitions in collaboration with key museums across nine European cities, supplemented by additional exhibitions in three Eastern cities. The Museum will continue to collaborate with Museums across the world to bring this knowledge to greater audiences than just those who visit the Museum in Toronto.

The exhibitions already held were generally thematic, focusing on subjects like architecture, calligraphy and so forth accompanied by lavish catalogues of the exhibits which we commend to everyone to peruse and study. Click on the image, or here, to view the catalogue covers. Each catalogue also featured a short introduction, written by His Highness the Aga Khan, setting out the purpose for the exhibition and we are pleased to bring you selections from these introductions.

Click here to read: His Highness the Aga Khan explains the vision and rationale behind the the Aga Khan Museum’s pre-launch exhibitions

Other instalments in the Road to Toronto series

The Road to Toronto (Spiritual): The vision and rationale behind the Ismaili Centres

The Road to Toronto (Intellectual): The vision and rationale behind the Aga Khan Museum

The Road to Toronto (Societal): The vision and rationale behind the Aga Khan’s passion for parks and gardens Museum


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