Exhibition: Making Paradise

This exhibition runs from Thu, 29th Apr 2021 to Thu, 30th Sep 2021. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

Wed,
23rd Jun 2021  
(10am - 4pm)
Thu,
24th Jun 2021  
(10am - 4pm)
Fri,
25th Jun 2021  
(10am - 4pm)
Sat,
26th Jun 2021  
(10am - 4pm)
Sun,
27th Jun 2021  
(10am - 4pm)
Mon,
28th Jun 2021  
(10am - 4pm)
Tue,
29th Jun 2021  
(10am - 4pm)

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: Free of Charge


An exhibition exploring the concept of Eden through Art & Islamic Garden Design.

The Making Paradise exhibition brings together a variety of approaches that explore the concept of al-Janna, the Garden of Eden and the concept of Paradise in Islam. More than 130 verses in the Qur’an mention or refer to Paradise, this being a clear indication of how central this theme is to the faith of Islam and to the spirituality of Islam. The atmosphere of Paradise is repeatedly described, not only in the Qur’an but also in myriads of works of spiritual literature and poetry, as an expanse of luxuriant, verdant and shady gardens, irrigated by rivers, ponds and fountains. In these post-Qur’anic works, the gardens of Paradise are also represented as secular realms of social intercourse, pleasure, romance and diplomacy, as well as a retreat from the hardships of work, conflict and a harsh environment.

This multi-sensory exhibition, Making Paradise, aims to evoke a sense of delight and wonder around the concept of Paradise. The exhibition invites us to be inspired by the visual interpretations of Paradise made by artists from across the world. Their work illustrates diverse approaches to the subject through a variety materials and processes — from classical miniature painting, Islamic geometry and pattern, hand-stitched textiles, traditional ceramic work and calligraphy to modern appliqué and painting techniques.

Making Paradise exhibition is unlike many conventional and minimalist gallery layouts, as its aim is to convey and reflect the abundance of what we anticipate may exist in Paradise and to allow the visitor to experience the sheer luxuriousness of vision enhanced by the additions of sensory elements such as the perfumed ecosphere and the gentle soundscape.


Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

Reserve tickets at this website


Location

The Aga Khan Centre,

10 Handyside Street,
London,
N1C 4DN

Map of The Aga Khan Centre