“Aga Khan Museum”

Free admission to Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum for Syrian refugees

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is inviting Syrian refugees to visit its “Syria: A Living History” exhibition, running until 26 February 2017, at no charge. The museum’s general director, Henry Kim, declared: “We want Syrians to realise the value we place in their arrival in this country, and to understand that they are a vital part of the cultural mosaic of Canada.” The exhibition presents historic objects from a number of public and private collections, showing the influences of different cultures: Greek, Roman,...

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Aga Khan Museum opens in Toronto

The first Islamic art museum in North America, the Aga Khan museum in Toronto, opened to the public on 18 September 2014. The museum was entirely financed by Prince Karim Aga Khan at a cost of over $274 million, with the aim of allowing more people to understand Islam and promote diversity. It holds over 1,000 pieces which mostly originate from Khan’s family collection, including rare manuscripts of the Quran. The objects on display, such as a piece of carved marble from 10th-century Spain, aim to show the accomplishments of muslim civilisations from the Iberian Peninsula to China. The building itself is over 10,000 square metres and is designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, a previous winner of the Pritzer Architecture Prize. The Aga Khan Development Network, who created the building, have also created the adjacent Ismaili centre, dedicated to the denomination of Islam of which Aga Khan is the spiritual...

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2014: a roundup of the year ahead

Paris, 17 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). 2013 proved to be a rich year – very rich. The art world showed no risk of growing stale, with record sales, major exhibitions, ever-expanding fairs, and legal and economic shake-ups from Munich to Detroit. Barely recovered from the events of last year, the art market’s major participants have begun to make promises of an equally spectacular 2014. Whilst the global economy is not at its healthiest, the evolution of cultural projects shows little sign of slowing down: new museums have opened their doors, and have rapidly accrued visitor numbers to match those of their more established competitors. Significant exhibitions have followed, with ever-more-ambitious shows having been met with unfailing public interest. As far as the art market is concerned, the phrase “economic crisis” doesn’t exist. Whilst it’s difficult to predict whether the exceptional sales figures realised by auction houses this year will be replicated – or even surpassed – in 2014, there is every reason to believe that the demand for prestigious lots will remain high. If works of the same quality as last year’s re-emerge on the market, it seems likely that buyers will respond with enthusiasm – and high sums of money. New art fairs have been appearing across the world, tempted by the business potential of art. Despite increasing competition – and despite the vast difference in scope between some newer fairs and heavyweights such as Art Basel, FIAC and Frieze – art market professionals remain tempted by the lure of collectors and amateurs with a desire to buy. We took a look at some of the largest and most anticipated events for the forthcoming year. Whilst many may remain hidden in unwritten press releases, details of some of 2014’s initial openings seem to promise an interesting...

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