This weekend was Doors Open in Toronto. Doors Open is a festival where buildings which are normally off-limits, private, or fee for entry are open to the public for free. We’ve been going since the festival started in 2000 and have seen some fascinating buildings.
This year, we went to Toronto’s recently opened museum of Islamic art and culture, the Aga Khan Museum. Opened September 2014, the museum was the initiative of the Islamic religious leader the Aga Khan. The museum’s website describes their collection:
The Museum’s Permanent Collection of over 1,000 objects includes masterpieces that reflect a broad range of artistic styles and materials. These portraits, textiles, miniatures, manuscripts, ceramics, tiles, medical texts, books and musical instruments represent more than ten centuries of human history and a geographic area stretching from the Iberian Peninsula to China.
The museum’s architecture and grounds are stunning – as is the adjacent Ismaili Centre. We only saw a sample of the collection but what we saw was very impressive. They had kid’s art activities that my daughter loved. And I was enamoured, of course, by their wide selection of postcards. My favourites being the two below:
Both these postcards depict paintings of the collection – both are watercolours and gold on paper circa 18th to 19th century.
I’m looking forward to returning to Aga Khan Museum to see the rest of the collection and add to my Collection.