Preface by Henry S. Kim, Text by Philip Jodidio and Ruba Kana'an and Assadullah Melikian-Chirvani and Luis Monreal
An introduction to 1,400 years of Islamic art and culture as seen through the stunning and diverse masterpieces of the new Aga Khan Museum. Opening in 2014 in Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum will be a showplace for Islamic art and culture unlike anything in the Western Hemisphere. This richly illustrated volume features the new museum and park complex and more than one hundred rare treasures from one of the most important collections of Islamic art and objects in the world, assembled by His Highness the Aga Khan and his family. Masterpieces of design, texture, and artistry created from 600 AD to the 1800s in Spain, North Africa, Turkey, the Middle East, Iran, Central Asia, India, and China, the works include radiant illuminations and calligraphy; marvels in ivory, wood, glass, and metal; and exquisite paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and textiles.
About The Author
Henry S. Kim is director and CEO, Assadullah Souren Melikian-Chirvani is senior collections adviser, and Ruba Kana’an is head of education and scholarly programs at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto. Luis Monreal is general manager, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Geneva. Philip Jodidio has written numerous books about architecture and art. D. Fairchild Ruggles is professor of landscape history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.