Dr. Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis has been appointed as the new Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. (Photo – Aga Khan Museum Toronto)
Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Museum Board, said “I have worked for four years with Dr. Al-Khamis and it has been a joy. She is committed, creative and always ready to try something new. I think that under her leadership the Museum will play a major educational role and will open new and exciting doors.”
“She is a passionate advocate for the arts and culture of the Muslim world and their potential to bridge cultures – a task that is more urgent than ever,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dr. Al-Khamis said “I am deeply honoured and excited to be confirmed as the new CEO of the Aga Khan Museum, the only Museum in North America with a mandate to foster pluralism and bridge cultures through and in dialogue with the Arts of the Muslim world.”
Dr. Al-Khamis further added “In a dramatically changed world, the Museum has a unique role to play – within our wonderful, diverse city of Toronto, across Canada, and internationally. Working with our passionate, inspiring Museum team, I look forward to reimagining the Museum with a renewed focus on Education, the Digital, and – most importantly and crucially – our audiences, with a keen eye and ear for their needs and expectations.”
The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, was established by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage while often reflecting, through both its permanent and temporary exhibitions, how cultures connect with one another.
Designed by architect Fumihiko Maki, the Museum shares a 6.8-hectare site with Toronto’s Ismaili Centre, which was designed by architect Charles Correa. The surrounding landscaped park was designed by landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic.