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Timeless ideals and enlightened art revealed in The World of the Fatimids

Aga Khan Museum Opens Landmark Exhibition on One of the Muslim World’s Greatest Civilizations

Say “Cairo” and people envision King Tut, the pyramids at Giza, and the Arab Spring. But there’s another equally dramatic and forgotten tale. It is the story of the Fatimids. They built Cairo as the centre of their empire and their pluralistic society flourished from the late 10th-century to the mid-12th-century, stretching from North Africa to Iran to Sicily. 

 Opened March 10, 2018 at the Aga Khan Museum, “The World of the Fatimids,” is an exhibition that showcases the extraordinary Fatimid imprint on Sicily’s culture and explores Iranian connection through a wealth of objets d’art. Travel back in time and meet the Fatimids. They built the world’s one of the oldest university, great libraries, and are known for their spectacular architecture, including ornamented domes that still stand today.

The World of the Fatimids, opening March 10, 2018, sheds light on one of history’s most intriguing and vibrant civilizations, which at its height in the 10th and 11th centuries influenced thought and life throughout the Mediterranean, Southern Europe, and the Near East. Luminous ceramics, intricate carvings shaped from rock crystal, and artifacts decorated with Kufic calligraphy and embellished with vines and leaves are some of the luxury objects in this exhibition. All bear witness to a remarkable dynasty that fostered the arts and the sciences, yet is
little known in North America.

“We know from accounts of the time that Fatimid art and architecture was glorious,” says Henry Kim, Aga Khan Museum Director and CEO. “Most of it has vanished over the ages, so in bringing together objects from many international collections, Continue reading “Timeless ideals and enlightened art revealed in The World of the Fatimids”