Hermitage Days 2011
On 9 December 2011, an exhibit entitled Architecture in Islamic Arts. Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum opened in the Halls of Byzantine and the Near East of the State Hermitage Museum as part of Hermitage Days.
More than 100 works of art from the collection of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, which is expected to open in 2013, are on display at this exhibit. The Aga Khan Museum is a new academic institution, tasked with the collection, study and exposition of the art of Islamic civilization. It enthusiastically shares works of art with other museums in Europe and Asia. The exhibit entitled Architecture in Islamic Arts. Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum will follow a unique route, from the Peter the Great’s European capital to the multicultural center of Southeast Asia: the Stage Hermitage Museum, the Museum of Islamic Arts Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and the Museum of Islamic Civilization in Singapore.
Islamic architecture dominated at huge territory, that stretches across 40 contemporary countries, where the majority of the population is made up of Muslims. The epoch of the rise of Islamic culture was marked by a flowering of art and architecture; the buildings built in the great Islamic empires are among civilization’s greatest monuments. This exhibit, combining articles and pieces of buildings in their depictions in manuscripts help us to understand how these buildings express the unity of architecture and other forms of art.
Representative pieces from several
Thanks to the diversity of the works on display, it is possible to get
an idea about what the original intended purpose of these architectural
elements and fragments was. Many articles connected with Islamic architecture,
made of completely different materials: bronze, cloth, ceramics,
The curator of the
A scholarly catalogue has been prepared for this exhibit by the publishing house of the State Hermitage Museum, which included an article by the Director of the State Hermitage Museum, M.B. Piotrovsky.
The signing of a letter of intent by the State Hermitage Museum and the Foundation for Cooperation in the Development of the Culture of Aga Khan