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Museum Collections
Rotation Theme: Blue
Nov 25, 2019 - May 18, 2020

The Collections Gallery is dedicated to showcasing the artistic achievements and lasting legacies of Muslim civilizations between the 9th and 19th centuries.

The Collections Gallery of the Aga Khan Museum is dedicated to showcasing the artistic achievements and lasting legacies of Muslim civilizations between the 9th and 19th centuries. Objects on view come from as far afield as Spain in the west and China in the east.


In the Collections Gallery, visitors will enjoy a rotating display of nearly 200 objects from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, masterpieces reflecting a broad range of artistic styles and representing more than ten centuries of human history. Including such works of art as manuscripts, painting, ceramics, glass, and textiles, the Collections Gallery provides an overview of the artistic, intellectual, and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations to world history and heritage.

Parts of the gallery are refreshed twice a year with themed installations that explore special topics and allow light-sensitive materials to rest.


BLUE, November 26, 2019 — May 18, 2020


The land like gold and the sea like lapis:
A fine blue-and-yellow brocade.


Explore the many shades of the colour blue and its journey across the map through paintings and objects on display in our Permanent Gallery. Blue signifies the cross-cultural exchange of the three main sources of blue used in Islamic Art— Lapis Lazuli, Cobalt, and Indigo. These essential elements in paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and textiles, were transported along the Overland Silk Road and Maritime Silk Route. Blue is also a colour of particular importance in literature and poetry due to its various symbolic meanings; it is used to portray various characters from mystics to love-crazed personalities such as Majnun!

Blue irregular shaped spot of inkLook for this symbol on object labels



The Bellerive Room is a recreation of a room in the Château de Bellerive in Geneva, Switzerland, home of the late Prince Sadruddin Khan and Princess Catherine Aga Khan. Decorated in the style of a Persian Salon (La Chambre Persanne), the original salon displayed part of what is now the Aga Khan Museum’s Permanent Collection. The Bellerive Room is free for visitors to enjoy during Museum hours and is available for private functions and other events.

Interior room with red carpet, wooden showcases with ceramic objects on three visible walls, a round couch seat surrounds a pillar in the middle of the room.
La Chambre Persane. Photograph courtesy of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

* Objects below will be featured in the themed installation BLUE, part of the Collection Gallery exhibition.

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