November 10-12, 2017
Field Trip to Toronto, Canada
Saturday, November 11
9:45 am Assemble at the entrance to the Aga Khan Museum (taxi is best means of transport)
10:00 am Permanent Collection Galleries
View the recently installed galleries of the superb collection of Islamic art largely assembled by the late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan and Princess Catherine Aga Khan, with more recent additions acquired by his nephew, the present Aga Khan, for the Museum with loans from public and private collections.
11:00 am Highlights from the Bruschettini Collection
Guided walk through of the exhibition with museum curator Dr. Filiz Çakir-Phillip.
The Bruschettini Foundation for Islamic and Asian Art is world-renowned for its superb collection of Islamic art, and in particular, its carpets. This special exhibition will showcase a fascinating selection of masterpieces including 13th- to 17th-century carpets, textiles, polychrome Iznik wares, paintings, and precious inlaid metalwork selected from the collection. It is a rare opportunity to see these works of art outside of their home in Genoa, Italy.
12:00 pm Lunch at Diwan in the Aga Khan Museum
Family-style lunch in the restaurant’s dining room, decorated with elements from a 19th-century Damascene house.
2:30 pm Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles
Curator Natalia Nekrassova will guide us through the exhibition Diligence and Elegance; The Nature of Japanese Textiles.
Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles presents over 50 textiles and garments from the Textile Museum of Canada’s collection of 19th and 20th century artifacts made in Japan for both everyday and occasional use. Luxurious silk and gold fabrics produced in Kyoto’s professional weaving workshops are juxtaposed with domestic indigo-dyed cotton, plant-fiber cloth, and silk kimonos crafted in an astonishing spectrum of time-honored techniques – weaving, dyeing, hand painting, gold foil application and embroidery – that exemplify venerable social and cultural values. Diligence and Elegance features the contemporary work of Hiroko Karuno and Keiko Shintani, two Japanese-Canadians whose consummate craftsmanship and philosophies are profoundly connected to the evolution of Japanese textile traditions of spinning, dyeing and weaving.
Private Home Tour
Long time Hajji Baba Club members and renowned collectors invite us into their home for a visit and viewing of selected pieces.
For those going to the airport following this visit, you may bring your luggage as there is adequate safe storage available. Porter Air (13 flights daily to Newark) is 10 minutes away. Pearson Airport is 45 minutes to an hour away, depending on traffic. Taxis are plentiful.
For those continuing on, take taxis to lunch on Bloor Street
Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack, will guide us through highlights of the collection and current exhibitions, as well as taking us into the magnificent collection storage, a rare treat. Founded by Sonja Bata, the Bata Shoe Museum’s collection of over 13,000 shoes and related items is intended as a world-class research and exhibition facility for footwear. A variety of exhibitions explores the cultural context of shoes worldwide, both historically and currently.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Mr. Ionescu is an independent scholar of Oriental carpets, he has dedicated almost twenty years to the study of Anatolian rugs, starting with those that survived in Transylvania. This region continues to be the repository of the richest and best-preserved group of small Turkish carpets outside the Islamic world. With nearly four hundred examples attributable to the 16th to 18th centuries, the golden period of Ottoman weaving.
In order to prove the Anatolian origin and to explain the presence of these rugs in Transylvania, Mr. Ionescu published “Antique Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania.” This book includes the entire collection of rugs in the Black Church along with the important examples from collections inside and outside Romania. The book was awarded the Romanian Academy prize for “History of Art,” a very rare event in rug literature.
Among 17th century Anatolian rugs this distinctive group is the largest and best researched. After fifteen years of study there is now a clear picture of the group.
The lecture will cover the origin of the design of early single-niche Transylvanian rugs and explore a fascinating new theory of how it came about in relation to Ottoman stained glass windows. Some of these windows can be seen in Ottoman buildings, created by the famous architect Sinan.
Next, how the double-niche format evolved from single-niche rugs in relation to the Edict of Kütahya issued in 1610 under the rule of Sultan Ahmed I.
A full classification of the group, based on a study of over three hundred and sixty examples will be presented. Showing that there is a correlation between design and dating, that is supported by paintings and inscriptions. Making it possible to date pieces within a quarter of a century. Finally, examining two other groups of Transylvanian rugs, the “Plain-Niche” and “Coupled-Columns,” by using examples from churches in Transylvania and museums in both Turkey and the US.
Stefano Ionescu’s lecture is made possible through the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute of New York