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From lavish textiles and intricately patterned carpets to colourful paintings, polychrome Iznik ceramics, and precious inlaid metalwork: 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 together with the Aga Khan Museum’s curator Filiz Çakır Phillip, the objects showcased are from the family’s Bruschettini Foundation for Islamic and Asian Art in Genoa, established in the 1980s to promote an understanding of Islamic art in Italy. Genoa has extraordinary historic links with Istanbul and the Black Sea, Crimea in particular, with a powerful trading colony in Istanbul’s Galata quarter that managed the transition from Byzantine to Ottoman rule without a blink of the eye. The Galata Tower was the colony’s most famous legacy.
More than 40 objects are in the show. They date from the 13th to 17th centuries and demonstrate a remarkable vibrancy, variety of medium, and technical perfection. A feast for the eyes, Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection illuminates the noble art of collecting, as indeed does the Aga Khan Museum itself.