Museum Collections
Themed Installation: Architecture
May 21, 2019 - Nov 25, 2019

The Collections Gallery is dedicated to showcasing the artistic achievements and lasting legacies of Muslim civilizations between the 9th and 19th centuries.

The Collections Gallery of the Aga Khan Museum is dedicated to showcasing the artistic achievements and lasting legacies of Muslim civilizations between the 9th and 19th centuries. Objects on view come from as far afield as Spain in the west and China in the east.




In the Collections Gallery, visitors will enjoy a rotating display of nearly 200 objects from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, masterpieces reflecting a broad range of artistic styles and representing more than ten centuries of human history. Including such works of art as manuscripts, painting, ceramics, glass, and textiles, the Collections Gallery provides an overview of the artistic, intellectual, and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations to world history and heritage.


Parts of the gallery are refreshed twice a year with themed installations that explore special topics and allow light-sensitive materials to rest.




ARCHITECTURE, May 21 – November 25, 2019


Explore examples of architecture and decorative elements in 15th to 19th century paintings from the Aga Khan Museum’s permanent collection.


Throughout the world, buildings and structures have been constructed in various materials as influenced by the climate and natural resources available in a particular region. Aesthetic design and functional needs led to the some of the beautiful and unique architectural marvels seen throughout Muslim civilizations. They were built as places to live, to worship, to gather around and socialize, to rule, to educate, to be buried in, or even to bathe. Geometric patterns were the most common type of decorations used on buildings. Other types of decorations consist of floral motifs, calligraphic panels, and figurative elements.
Brown silhouette of a building with an open door and an onion dome roofLook for this symbol on object labels



The Bellerive Room is a re-creation of a room in the Château de Bellerive in Geneva, Switzerland, home of the late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan and Princess Catherine Aga Khan. Decorated in the style of a Persian Salon (La Chambre Persanne), the original salon displayed part of what is now the Aga Khan Museum’s Permanent Collection. The Bellerive Room is free for visitors to enjoy during Museum hours and is available for private functions and other events.

Interior room with red carpet, wooden showcases with ceramic objects on three visible walls, a round couch seat surrounds a pillar in the middle of the room.
La Chambre Persane. Photograph courtesy of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.


* Objects below are featured in the themed installation ARCHITECTURE, part of the Collection Gallery exhibition.


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