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Aga Khan Museum in Toronto

January 12, 2011

BlogTO reports that construction has begun on the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre in Toronto:

The Aga Khan Museum will be a major museum of Islamic art and artifacts, covering nearly 1,000 years of history. The Museum will regularly show about 200, but the collection – part of the Aga Khan’s and his royal family’s private collections – has upwards of 800. The museum will consist of a building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning (the Nobel of architecture) Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki. It will be joined on the site with an Ismaili Centre designed by the noted Indian architect Charles Correa. The grounds will be landscaped by Lebanese architect Vladimir Djurovic. Even discounting the artifacts from the museum’s collection, the site’s architecture will be a significant addition to the city. All of the construction is expected to be completed by 2013.

What an example of globalization – architects from Japan, India and Lebanon!   When we talk about South Asian philanthropy, the first example most people bring up is the generosity of Ismailis from India and Pakistan.  I am really looking forward to seeing the new museum and Ismaili Centre and learning more about the project.

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