In nineteenth and early twentieth century, museums and collections in Canada faced the need to further diversify their collections with arts and artefacts from various cultures and civilizations. Examples from the arts of Iran, along with other countries, were collected and exhibited in these museums as well as private collections. This lecture discusses the formation of some of the early collections of Persian Art in Canada; including the collections of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Bita Pourvash is the Assistant Curator at the Aga Khan Museum. She is a graduate from the University of Toronto, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Department. Prior to joining to the Museum, she was working on the history of collecting Islamic Art in the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum, which is included in the forthcoming volume Canadian Contributions to the Study of Islamic Art and Archaeology. She was a lecturer at the York University, Semnan University and the Higher Education Center for Iranian Heritage. She is the author of the entry on Bindings that is translated and published in Encyclopaedia Islamica.