From 15 to 17 January, a three-day international workshop will be held at Lahore Fort (Pakistan) to highlight the conservation of the 1,450-feet long and 50-feet high Picture Wall – a famous expanse of decorative glazed tile and wall painting. A prototype preservation was carried over a 45-feet high and 30-feet wide panel on the western segment of the Picture Wall by Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA). The AKTC and the WCLA are jointly holding this event, which will bring together national and international experts from various disciplines.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have begun the conservation work at the double-domed Sabz Burj (a 16th century tomb). Apart from the restoration work, the tomb is expected to be illuminated by Havells India Limited, which has joined hands with AKTC and ASI. AKTC India CEO, Ratish Nanda said this project was significant because the monument was in the middle of the city, at a busy intersection and people will see the restoration work.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the Archaeology Department and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture was extended until 2023 for the ongoing conservation works of Qutb Shahi tombs. Qutb Shahi tombs, also known as the seven tombs, was nominated as a Unesco World Heritage Site. It represents a blend of Persian, Pathan and Hindu architectural styles. The project that is being carried out with a multidisciplinary team of architects, civil engineers, archaeologists and master craftsmen is one of the most ambitious conservation projects undertaken in India.
The World of the Fatimids’ exhibition will start on 10 March until 2 July at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. The Fatimid dynasty’s staggeringly sophisticated caliphate reached its peak in the 10th and 11th centuries. Stretched along North Africa and the Middle East, its capital in what’s now Cairo, Egypt, fostered a boom in arts and sciences, eventually surpassing virtually any other contemporaneous civilisation. The Aga Khan Museum’s show will include an array of delicate, intricate objects that include ceramic lustreware, rock crystal and ivory.
The relationship between music and art will be explored through multi-sensory experience Listening to Art, Seeing Music, opening on Saturday 20 January at the Aga Khan Museum. The interactive museum-wide soundscapes and audio-visual installations showcase the connection between music, poetry, and the visual arts. Listening to Art, Seeing Music will close on 22 April 2018.