E’ appena stato inaugurato a Toronto, Canada
,un museo dedicato all’arte islamica. L’ Aga Khan Museum For Islamic Art dispone di 47 mila metri quadrati di spazio ed è stato progettato dell’architetto nipponico Fumihiko Maki, già vincitore del premio Pritzker. L’edificio si presenta con una facciata in granito liscio sormontato da feritoie, che ricordano la merlatura dei castelli medievali. Al suo interno le opere d’arte islamica sono presenti con almeno 1000 pezzi di pittura, ceramica, calligrafia oltre a strumenti musicali e una miriade di edizioni del Corano.
Per l’inaugurazione è stata allestita una mostra temporanea intitolata “Il giardino delle idee” che espone opere di sei artisti pakistani.
La maggior parte dei reperti del museo provengono dal tesoro della famiglia dell’Aga Khan e mostra le conquiste della civiltà musulmana dalla Spagna alla Cina.
Il costo dell’opera è stato di 300 milioni di dollari con l’obiettivo di attrarre ogni anno 250 mila visitatori.
Toronto has a new attraction, the Aga Khan Museum for Islamic Art,
bankrolled and officially opened by H.H. Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims.
The building by Japanese Pritzker winner Fumihiko Maki is featuring more than 1,000 artifacts — including rare scriptures of the Koran from the 7th and 8th centuries.
The world has many museums and galleries with space devoted to Islamic art. But the Aga Khan Museum is being touted as the only institution in North America dedicated solely to the panoply of Islamic art – painted illustrations, ceramics, weavings, calligraphy, scientific instruments, paintings, clothing, myriad editions of the Koran.
0.37 exterior of museum
For the opening, a temporary exhibition called ‘The Garden of Ideas’ features work of six contemporary Pakistani artists. The most well known of them, Imran Qureshi, got the okay to paint, in acrylic and latex, a large site-specific work on the museum grounds, titled ‘The Garden Within’.
0.48 SOUNDBITE: (English) Imran Qureshi, Pakistani artist saying: “ When I came to Toronto in last April to visit the site, they showed me all the spaces in the museum and the asked me you can do where ever you want to work. So when I saw the garden, and it was inspired by the Persian garden, this was so much like the miniature paintings for me and since I was trained as a miniature painter so I immediately related myself to this space. It looks very much inspired by the Persian garden but at the same time it’s not it’s very modern it’s very contemporary and this is what my art practice is all about.”
1.17 more artefacts
Most of the artifacts come from the prince’s family’s trove, showcasing the achievements of Muslim civilizations from Spain to China.
The Can$300 million Aga Khan Museum and adjacent Ismaili Center are sprawled over 6.8 hectares, hoping to cater to Muslims and others interested in Islam’s rich history.
The goal is to attract up to 250,000 visitors annually.
The Aga Khan Museum is part of the Aga Khan Development Network, which has its footprint in several countries.
Aga Khan, Prince Shah Karim Al Husseini (or “K” to his friends), is the 49th hereditary imam of the estimated 15 million Nizari Ismaili Muslims – a branch of Islam that reached its peak during the Fatimid empire – whose followers believe him to be a direct descendant of the prophet Muhammad.