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Mark Wigmore Welcomes Aga Khan’s New Exhibition Curator Michael Chagnon

Station Blog2019-11-18By: Classical Staff

The Aga Khan Museum continues to offer outstanding and inventive exhibitions with the mission to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage.

The Aga Khan Museum’s new exhibition, Caravans of Gold, will be installing a 30sq ft sculptural metropolis made of black LEGO bricks. The sculpture is inspired by the capital city of the medieval Kingdom of Ghana, which was once a populous cultural hub located on the rim of the trans-Saharan trade route.

The overall exhibition is also stunning including exclusive life-size pieces from Mali, Morocco, and Nigeria that have never traveled outside of their home countries. The pieces showcase a level of craftsmanship from Medieval Africa that is rarely addressed.

You can Journey along the Sahara Desert’s trade routes during a time when western African gold directly impacted and connected peoples and cultures, arts and beliefs across continents.

Caravans of Gold is the first major exhibition to reveal the shared history of western Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe from the 8th to 16th centuries and see more than 250 artworks.

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