ART & ABOUT: The many faces of Islamic architecture
LINKS between Malaysia and Russia have always been limited.
Iiiustrated manuscript from Anwar-i Suhayli,Iran, 1593
In the cultural arena, the connections are virtually non-existent. Celebrity associations are more of a magnet than most. I remember when ex-President Gorbachev’s nephew put on an exhibition at what was then the Regent Hotel, some local interest was aroused.
Also, when a distant relative of the Imperial jeweller and egg maker Peter Carl Faberge was located, he was introduced to KL society in an attempt to re-launch the family dynasty with a less restrictive clientele than the Imperial Russian court.
Now there is a third link: an exhibition starting next month in St Petersburg will be travelling to Malaysia next year. To complicate matters, the show actually originates in a different northern winter wonderland. That old favourite of mine, the Aga Khan Museum, may not exist yet in its new Toronto setting, but it is certainly making its presence felt in other locations.
Read complete article at ‘The New Straits Times’ Malasia
- “Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in the Islamic World” at The Hermitage, St. Petersburg – AKDN Press Release
- Aga Khan Museum: Collection – Museum Stuff com News