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Opening September 23 at the Aga Khan Museum

Arts of the East:
Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection

A unique chance to be entranced by the spellbinding beauty of works of art that already inspired the Renaissance masters!

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Opening on September 23, 2017 as a world premiere, Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection introduces Canadian and international audiences to a choice selection from one of the world’s most important private collections of Islamic art.

Handpicked by Alessandro Bruschettini in conversation with Aga Khan Museum Curator Dr. Filiz Çakır Phillip, the 43 objects showcased in the exhibition were chosen for their remarkable vibrancy, their technical perfection, and as representatives of the diversity of the collection. At the same time, given their origins in the vast Islamic empires that flourished from East to West between the 13th and the 17th centuries, the objects offer eloquent evidence of cross-cultural relationships, the transformation of local styles, and an enduring fascination with luxury goods.

Celebrating the arts and culture of civilizations from regions including Turkey, India, and Iran, Arts of the East is accompanied by a diverse array of special programming at the Museum. A 248-page catalogue accompanies the exhibition, discussing the Bruschettini Collection artworks in five chapters: metalwork, ceramics, the art of the book, textiles, and carpets. Diwan, the Museum’s restaurant, will be offering a selection of exhibition-inspired menu items throughout the run of the exhibition.

Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection runs through January 21, 2018 at the Aga Khan Museum. To learn more, visit agakhanmuseum.org/bruschettini-collection.


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RELATED PROGRAMMING

SYMPOSIUM
The Art of Collecting: Placing the Bruschettini Collection
Sunday, September 24, 2–4:30 pm
$20, $5 Friends, $12 students, $15 seniors
Includes same-day Museum admission

LECTURE
The Ottomans in Italy
Thursday, October 19, 1–2 pm
Free with Museum admission

WORKSHOP
Ottoman Geometric Patterns
Sunday, December 3, 11 am–4 pm
$50, $45 Friends, $40 students and seniors

CURATOR’S TOUR
Arts of the East with Dr. Filiz Çakır Phillip
Tuesday, December 5, 6:30–7:30 pm
$20, $18 Friends, $12 students and seniors

Programming details subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit agakhanmuseum.org.


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Images:
"Greek and Chinese Painter Competition," folio from a manuscript of the Masnavi-i Ma‘navi (The Spiritual Couplets) by Jalal al-Din Rumi (Maulana) (d. 1273); Tabriz, Iran; 1530. Opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper. Copyright © The Bruschettini Collection.
Imam Reza Shrine Lattice Carpet, India, c. 1650 or earlier. Pashmina wool pile on silk foundation. Copyright © The Bruschettini Collection.