Marvellous Creatures: Animals in Islamic Art
Marvellous Creatures: Animals in Islamic Art
  • Date:May 07, 2016 - September 11, 2016

They roam the pages of countless legends, tales and fables, and have inspired artists for centuries. Meet the marvellous creatures of such classic literature as the Shahnameh and Kalila wa Dimna. Through an astonishing variety of media — including manuscripts, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, glass, and metalwork from the 7th to the 21st centuries — the exhibition Marvellous Creatures celebrates these real and mythical animals and illuminates the knowledge contained in their stories.

Families, look out for creature-inspired programming, including storytellers with Family Sundays and special summer camp sessions in July and August. And don't forget to ask for your free activity kit to discover marvellous creatures on our first floor!

This exhibition has been produced in partnership with the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar.
Originally organized by and exhibited at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, Marvellous Creatures is being modified especially for the Aga Khan Museum, and will feature key works from the Aga Khan Museum's Collection and other international private and public collections.

Supported by
Amir Rupani and Family

Related Programming

CURATOR'S TOUR
Marvellous Creatures: Animals in Islamic Art with Dr. Filiz Çakir Philip

Tuesday, May 10, 6:30–7:30 pm

FAMILY PROGRAM
Marvellous Creatures PD Day Camp (Ages 6–8)

Friday, June 10, 9 am–4 pm

FAMILY PROGRAM
Marvellous Creatures PD Day Camp (Ages 9–12)

Friday, June 10, 9 am–4 pm

TWO-DAY WORKSHOP
Paint Your Own Miniature: A Marvellous Creature

Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10, 10 am–3 pm

HIGHLIGHT TOUR
Marvellous Creatures with Bita Pourvash

Tuesday, July 26, 6:30–7:30 pm

LECTURE
A Book on Animals from 9th-century Baghdad with Dr. Jeannie Miller

Thursday, September 8, 1–2 pm

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