Aga Khan Museum, Exhibition: ‘Transforming Traditions – The Arts of 19th century Iran’ —Sep 22, 2018 – Feb 10, 2019

Bear witness to the complex dynamics that impacted the arts of a society at a crossroads between tradition and transformation during a century of turbulent change. Caught between the desire to maintain time-honoured local traditions and the increasing need to engage with ever more pervasive outside influences and currents of innovation, Transforming Traditions: The Arts…

The Art Lovers Who Founded Cairo —By Melik Kaylan on Wall Street Journal com | Also Featured Video on the ‘Fatimids Exhibition’ at Aga khan Museum

The Fatimids created the first alternative Muslim empire to fully challenge the orthodox Sunni Caliphate and ran a highly civilized, assiduously cultured and tolerant outfit. Kohl Container of rock crystal from Egypt (12th century) PHOTO: MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART, CAIRO Toronto In early Islamic history the Fatimids (909-1171) created the first alternative Muslim empire to…

‘Fantasia and fun’ — by Peerzada Salman on Dawn com Pakistan

KARACHI: There are not many illusionists in Pakistan. Although they have had their share of performances on stage and TV, their presence has not been a conspicuous one. This seems to be changing, and changing with all the modern-day trappings. Now we also have mentalists performing mentalism (rest assured: it’s not a cerebral defect) in…

Diamond Is Forever

Originally posted on Ismailimail:
Irfan Ali. Andheri West, Mumbai, India: 2017 is a very special year for Ismaili Muslims worldwide. Ismaili Muslim Community is commemorating 60 years since His Highness the Aga Khan became the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. To mark this historic moment in history, Ismaili Muslims worldwide are celebrating…

Dubai: Artworks on Syria’s history and diversity on show — Gulf News com

Dubai: Artefacts and artworks depicting Syria’s history in the ‘And the Conversation Continues, Syria: A Living History From the Atassi Collection,’ art exhibition were on display in the Ismaili Centre Dubai. The exhibition marks the fourth year of partnership between Art Dubai, The Aga Khan Museum, the Consulate General of Canada in Dubai and the…

Al-Darb Al-Ahmar Arts School to perform Balalyka — Ahram Online Egypt

Lost and Found performance by Al-Darb Al-Ahmar Arts School. Al-Azhar Park’s stage-April 2014. (Photo: Bassam Al Zoghby)   Al-Darb Al-Ahmar Arts School students, aged between 8 and 18, will deliver Balalyka, a performance of acrobatics, rope walking, juggling and music, on 19 and 20 July. (…) Al-Darb Al-Ahmar Arts School was founded in 2011 by…

A Glass Menagerie — Harvard Magazine com

Photograph courtesy of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University/©President and Fellows of Harvard CollegeA new permanent exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History showcases more than 50 glass models of marine invertebrates from the collections of the Museum of Comparative Zoology—models crafted by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, creators of the famous Glass Flowers….

A Little More Noise on the Eastern Front: Radical or Chic? — Goethe de

Artists from eastern Europe ask themselves how their work can be better received in the west. Don’t try it with what’s familiar! – say experts from abroad and advocate eastern allures. But, as the conference Futures of the Museum shows, they are not without controversy. By Jan Feddersen The bunker of the Cold War Museum…