From lavish textiles and intricately patterned carpets to colourful paintings, polychrome Iznik wares, and precious inlaid metalwork: the world premiere of Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection introduces Canadian and international audiences to a choice selection from one of the world’s most important private collections of Islamic art. Handpicked by Dr. Alessandro Bruschettini in conversation with Aga Khan Museum Curator Filiz Çakır Phillip, the objects showcased in the exhibition, numbering more than 40 and dating from the 13th to 17th centuries, demonstrate remarkable vibrancy, variety, and technical perfection and represent the essence of this rarely exhibited collection. A feast for the eyes, Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collectionilluminates the noble art of collecting and the enduring appeal of Islamic masterworks.
In September of 2017, the Aga Khan Museum’s exhibitions team installed a spectacular array of objects in our second-floor gallery. This installation was done in preparation for the Museum’s newest special exhibition, “Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection.” Enjoy this behind-the-scenes video of the installation, featuring lavishly patterned carpets and more now on display in “Arts of the East.”