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23 July 2012
Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum
The ongoing exhibition at Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum offers insights into the history and creativity of the Islamic world through architecture.
From now till 28 October 2012, the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore will be exhibiting the Aga Khan Museum collection, which comprises over one thousand artefacts and artworks across one thousand years history.
Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in the Islamic World is segmented into 5 sections: The Fortress and the City, which features architectural elements and depictions of fortified towns; Sacred Typographies, which explores the sites and monuments of Islamic pilgrimage through paintings and drawings; Religious and Funerary Architecture, which looks at the residences of royal families; and Gardens, Pavilions and Tents, which examines palace life when it is extended into nature.
While the exhibition is similar to the ones that have been staged in St Petersburg and Kuala Lumpur, the paintings and objects will be presented in innovative ways, including five-metre-high reproductions of details taken from miniatures, an iPad-driven interactive display that allows visitors to create geometric artworks typical of Islamic art, and 15th/16th century muqarnas (three-dimensional decoration) mounted over a mirror that invite a fresh outlook to the architectural elements.
To date, over 1.5 million people have viewed the collection in key museums in Europe and Asia. In 2013, the collection will go on permanent display at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada.
In other news…
Recently, the Aga Khan Award had announced that it was doubling its prize money to US$1 million in the next cycle, to be held in 2013 (see our report here). Nominations are now being accepted through to 15 September 2012. Winners of the Aga Khan Award in this region include WOHA’s 1 Moulmein Rise, The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and a Bridge School in Xiashi, Fujian Province, China.