AGA KHAN PLANS ISLAMIC ART MUSEUM IN TORONTO - 2002-10-09
TORONTO (Reuters) - The Aga Khan, the billionaire spiritual leader of the world's 15 million Ismaili Muslims, will build the English-speaking world's biggest Islamic art museum and cultural center in Toronto after plans to buy a site in London failed, a spokesman said on Tuesday. The Aga Khan Development Network, one of the charitable institutions and businesses headed by the Aga Khan, said the museum would house artifacts from renowned private collections including those of the Aga Khan and of the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London.
Inauguration by His Highness The Aga Khan speech at "Splendori a Corte", an exhibition of rare art and manuscripts from the Aga Khan Museum collection, being shown until 3 June 2007 at the Palazzo della Pilotta (Parma, Italy)
Inauguration speech at "Splendori a Corte", an exhibition of rare art and manuscripts from the Aga Khan Museum collection, being shown until 3 June 2007 at the Palazzo della Pilotta (Parma, Italy)
30 March 2007
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) today announced its intention to establish in Toronto a museum housing exceptional collections of Islamic art and heritage as well as a unique academic and cultural center focused on the study and practice of human pluralism.The museum, which will be the first of its kind in the English speaking world, is expected to include artefacts from renowned private collections including those of His Highness the Aga Khan and of the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London.
On 30 March 2007, His Highness the Aga Khan and Mr. Elvio Ubaldi, Mayor of Parma, inaugurated “Splendori a Corte”, an exhibition of rare art and manuscripts from the Aga Khan Museum collections, at the Palazzo della Pilotta in Parma.
Splendori a CorteIn addition to the exhibition, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, in collaboration with the Teatro Regio di Parma and Parma Capitale della Musica, presented a programme of sacred music from Central Asia.
Foreword by His Highness the Aga Khan
Letters to the Editor
October 09, 2002
Future of Block 9
From Mr Garry Pownall
Sir, A fine new museum and cultural centre, built by generous foreigners who think, rightly, that there has never been a more important time to honour and understand Islam; or more NHS buildings ? shabby, chaotic, ordinary, if St Thomas? Hospital?s present use of this precious riverside site in the heart of the capital is anything to go by.
Bata Limited and the Aga Khan Development Network are pleased to announce that the property which includes the Bata International Centre at 59 Wynford Drive in Toronto has been conditionally sold to an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place before the end of this year. As part of the transaction Bata will lease the office facility for an agreed period of time.
A development group headed by the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the world's estimated 15 million Ismaili Muslims, said on Tuesday it plans to set up a museum in Toronto to house valuable collections of Islamic art -- the first of its kind in the English-speaking world.
The Aga Khan Development Network, a group of eight development agencies that work mainly in Asia and Africa, said the museum will also include an academic and cultural center.