Photographer's Note

This is North America's first Islamic Art museum, located on a 19 acre site adjacent to a new Ismaili Centre at Toronto's northern district in the Flemingdon Park neighbourhood. The museum is named after Prince Karim Al Husseini, who is better known as Aga Khan IV, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili sect of Shiia Islam. He is a billionaire British business man, born in Switzerland, with Iranian background, lives in France and he is also an honorary Canadian citizen. He financed this $300 million project, and donated most of the artefacts displayed in the museum. He picked award-winning architects Fumihiko Maki of Japan to design the museum and the renowned Lebanese-Serbian landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic to design the landscaping of the site. The whole complex was formally opened on September 12, 2014 by the 77 year old Prince in the presence of many dignitaries, including the Canadian Prime Minister.
A close-up view is in the Workshop.

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