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Spirit & Life: Masterpieces of Islamic Art from the Aga Khan Museum Collection

Spirit & Life, an exhibition of rare Islamic art and manuscripts never before displayed in the UK, ran from 14 July to 31 August 2007 at the The Ismaili Centre, South Kensington, London. Many of the objects and manuscripts appeared in subsequent exhibitions, including one at the Louvre entitled: Chefs-d’œuvre islamiques de l’Aga Khan Museum (Masterpieces of Islamic Art from the Aga Khan Museum at the Louvre).

Organised by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Spirit & Life presented treasures from the permanent collection of the Aga Khan Museum, which will open in Toronto, Canada, in 2011. The museum, an initiative of His Highness the Aga Khan, (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, is dedicated to the presentation of Muslim arts and culture in all their historic, cultural and geographical diversity.

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The Spirit & Life Exhibition closed on 31 August 2007.

Location: The Ismaili Centre, 1 Cromwell Gardens, London SW7 Admission: Free.
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm

The Ismaili Centre, LondonThe Ismaili Centre can be reached by a variety of public transport, including the London Underground (nearest station is South Kensington).Part of an international family of Ismaili Centres, The Ismaili Centre in London was the first religious, social and cultural space specially designed and built for the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim community in the West. The Centre represents a vision of Islam as a thinking and spiritual faith. Like its counterparts in Vancouver, Canada and Lisbon, Portugal, The Ismaili Centre in London fosters friendship, understanding and dialogue through its various activities.


Spirit & Life catalogueExhibition Catalogue
The print version of the exhibition catalogue, Spirit & Life: Masterpieces of Islamic Art from the Aga Khan Museum Collection, published by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), will be available at the Exhibition venue for £40 (hardback) and £20 (paperback).

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