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New article from Inside Toronto including brand-new photo set!

LINK - BUILDING THE FUTURE: The Aga Khan Museum: The first of its kind in the Western world

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CREDITS - Image courtesy of Imara Wynford Drive via Inside Toronto

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Come 2013, a $300-million Ismaili project will come to life on Wynford Drive.

Ground was broken on the project during a May 2010 ceremony, which was attended by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Aga Khan.

"On behalf of the government and the people of Canada and especially Torontonians, I want to thank the Aga Khan Foundation for choosing this great city as the site for the museum," Harper said during the ceremony. "The Ismaili Centre is a symbol of how the Canadian Islamic community has so successfully joined our society."

According to its website, the Aga Khan Museum's educational program will provide visitors with an understanding of the artistic, intellectual, scientific and religious heritage of communities, both Muslim and non-Muslim, which pervaded the lands of Islam. The museum will, through its permanent and temporary exhibitions, education programs and cultural activities, offer insights and new perspectives into Islamic civilizations, with the aim of fostering knowledge and understanding both within Muslim societies and between these societies and other cultures.
 

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It seems somewhat odd that asphalt would be laid down in just one corner, as opposed to waiting for all areas requiring it to be prepped. Could this be some sort of test, aesthetics or otherwise, in advance of finishing, or perhaps a prep for a corner that is required for some other reason well in advance of the entire complex being ready?
 

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AKDN Press Release:

New press release about the Museum / Museum Collection ...

"Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts" at The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, 7 December 2011 -- Following eight different exhibitions in Europe that attracted over half a million visitors, a new selection of masterpieces from the Aga Khan Museum collections are on show at the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, from 9 December 2011 to 26 February 2012.

The exhibition is the first created from the Aga Khan Museum collections to centre on architecture in the Islamic World. The exhibition, sponsored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), has been organised in close cooperation with the Hermitage.

An agreement was signed spelling out future collaboration between The Hermitage and the Aga Khan Museum in areas of mutual interest such as conservation, exchange of technical expertise and exhibitions.

The exhibition is divided into six sections: “Sacred Typographiesâ€, which explores the sites and monuments of Islamic pilgrimage through paintings and drawings; “Religious and Funerary Architectureâ€, which examines mosques and commemorative shrines; “The Fortress and the Cityâ€, which encompasses forts and fortified towns; “The Palaceâ€, which looks at the residences of royal families; “Gardens, Pavilions and Tentsâ€, which discusses the arts of shelter; and “Architecture and the Written Wordâ€, which focuses on architectural spaces contained in miniature painting.

When it concludes its run at the Hermitage, the “Architecture in Islamic Arts†exhibition will move to the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, and the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore.

"Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts" exhibition at The Hermitage, St. Petersburg. Photo: AKTC/Mikhail RomanyukThe masterpieces in the exhibition are part of the collections of the Aga Khan Museum, which is currently under construction and due to open in 2013 in Toronto, Canada. As the first major educational and exhibition centre in North America dedicated to Muslim arts and culture, the Museum’s mission is to inform, educate, and inspire audiences from all cultures by presenting art created in the Islamic world throughout the past fourteen centuries, along with current paths of artistic practice and cultural development.

The list of museums where exhibitions from the AKM collection has been shown is absolutely top tier. What a smart idea - share the collections via a variety of exhibit, and in doing so, garner relationships with the best museums in the world. This will bode well for the AKM for years to come, and Toronto can look forward to seeing things traveling to it from the Louvre, V&A, Hermitage, etc. in the hopefully near future!
 

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The list of museums where exhibitions from the AKM collection has been shown is absolutely top tier. What a smart idea - share the collections via a variety of exhibit, and in doing so, garner relationships with the best museums in the world. This will bode well for the AKM for years to come, and Toronto can look forward to seeing things traveling to it from the Louvre, V&A, Hermitage, etc. in the hopefully near future!

You'd almost think I was psychic - agreement signed between the Louvre and the AKM:
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/arts_et_spectacles/2011/12/15/002-louvre-aga-khan-cooperation.shtml
 

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Why wouldn't that also be reported on cbc.ca? That news is significant to Toronto, and their Arts & Entertainment section. It indicates to me that the Aga Khan Museum is not really registering here yet, and that it will likely be under-appreciated here. It's an unfortunate part of the Toronto mentality to believe the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, and that we couldn't possibly have the best of anything here.

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Why wouldn't that also be reported on cbc.ca? That news is significant to Toronto, and their Arts & Entertainment section. It indicates to me that the Aga Khan Museum is not really registering here yet, and that it will likely be under-appreciated here. It's an unfortunate part of the Toronto mentality to believe the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, and that we couldn't possibly have the best of anything here.

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Here is the same news having been picked up in Paris:
http://www.connaissancedesarts.com/peinture-sculpture/actus/breves/le-louvre-s-associe-a-l-aga-khan-93201.php

Your point is valid. Not clear why it would not be picked up by English media / art & culture outlets in the Toronto area.
 

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You'd almost think I was psychic - agreement signed between the Louvre and the AKM:
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/arts_et_spectacles/2011/12/15/002-louvre-aga-khan-cooperation.shtml

In context of the previously mentioned agreement between the AKM and the Lourve, thought I'd share this BBC video clip about the new Islam gallery at the Lourve. Very impressive, and quite the coupe for Toronto's AKM to have already inked an agreement with this world class museum!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16416471
 

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What would be interesting at this point would be to get one of the construction folks to take some inside pictures. I suspect much of the exterior work will be on hold or in slow motion for the balance of the winter, while at the same time it is clear that much of the interior structure has not been photographed to this point.

I wish Fumihiko Maki and Charles Correa would post more information on their web-sites, but alas ...

Oh yeah - here is some more info on the visit to Ottawa 3xotic mentioned - see UOttawa Media Release
 
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