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The Aga Khan Museum Shines Bright

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Beauty and Culture

Pritzker Prize–winning architect Fumihiko Maki used light as his inspiration when designing the Aga Khan Museum. Built of white granite and designed for optimal sun exposure, the museum makes stunning use of light, which pours in and dances on the walls, creating interplays of shadow depending on the time of day. Situated on a small hill on 17 landscaped acres, it provides panoramic views of the Toronto skyline.

Then, of course, there’s the art. A passion project of Aga Khan, a direct descendent of the Prophet Mohammed, the museum is dedicated to fostering a mutual understanding and respect between Muslim societies and other cultures. The museum brings about contemporary exhibitions in dialogue with their historic collection of Islamic and Persian art, which comprises over 1,000 pieces of art, pottery, manuscripts, and drawings. Their “Emperors & Jewels” exhibition, running through January, brings together 16th-century jewelry from Mughal India and pieces from Kuwait’s al-Sabah collection, one of the foremost collections in the world.

In short, an incredible building full of beautiful things. A European “campus” opens in London next year.

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