The Aga Khan Centre Gallery in London is presenting Making Paradise, a major new exhibition that explores the concept of Eden through an Islamic garden design. Realised in collaboration with all three institutions of the Aga Khan Centre, the show brings together 19 international multimedia artists, each of whom will present an interpretation of the concept of Al-Jannah - the Garden of Eden, or Paradise, in Islam. Alongside its work, the gallery will display digital reproductions of specific works from the Aga Khan Museum’s permanent collection, many of which are being made accessible to UK audiences for the first time.
In London, the Silk Road, a new outdoor exhibition, attempts to capture images of trade, of peoples, and of empires long fallen through a series of stunning photographs taken by photographer Christopher Wilton-Steer during 2019, who travelled along the historic trade route that was once known as the Silk Road. The exhibition is presented by the Aga Khan Foundation and refers to an ancient trade route connecting the Western world with the Middle East and Asia. The free exhibition runs until 16 June.
The Qutb Shahi Tombs, the 16th Century necropolis and one of Hyderabad’s most known heritage tourism sites, is set for a new chapter. The combined efforts of the Aga Khan Foundation, Heritage Telangana and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) will soon see the 106-acre premises donning the mantle of a one-of-its kind heritage park. According to Ratish Nanda, CEO of AKTC India, almost 60 percent of the works have been completed so far. "In 2021, conservation works are being undertaken on over a dozen monuments including five baolis. These works will be completed by 2024," he said.
In New Dehli, it took five years of effort for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) to restore the Khilji mosque to its former glory. The Hazrat Nizamuddin Committee thought AKTC would be the best organisation to conserve this monument. AKTC removed years of paint, repaired leakages and revealed the intricate incised plasterwork of the 14th century building. The restoration has seen the removal of lead paint that had begun affecting the red sandstone structure. The effort was also to reveal the original stone structure with its Quranic inscriptions and stone carvings. Neetipal Brar, conservation architect at AKTC, said: "This work was an example of flexible conservation because the mosque was in use."