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Contemporary Pakistani Art at the New Aga Khan Museum

Still from Nurjahan Akhlaq's film Death in the Garden of Paradise. Image courtesy of the Aga Khan Museum.

Still from Nurjahan Akhlaq’s film Death in the Garden of Paradise. Image courtesy of the Aga Khan Museum.

TO JANUARY 18 The Fumihiko Maki–designed Aga Khan Museum—the first in North American dedicated to Islamic art and culture—is the new home of the Aga Khan’s expansive collection of art and artifacts. In the temporary exhibitions gallery, the theme of the garden, which figures prominently in Islamic culture, is explored through works by six artists in “The Garden of Ideas: Contemporary Art of Pakistan.” Tradition and modernity converge in these works that include Persian carpets embellished with hand-embroidered maps by British expat David Chalmers Alesworth, more than 50 paintings by Aisha Khalid, and films by Bani Abidi and Nurjahan Akhlaq. Notably, three pieces are on view in public spaces: Khalid’s two-sided tapestry (created with more than one million gold-plated steel pins) hangs in the atrium, while Atif Khan’s replica of an ink stamp sits outside the museum’s entrance, and Imran Quereshi’s floral paintings on paving stones are installed in the garden. —Cara Smusiak

Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr., 416-646-4677; agakhanmuseum.org

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