The Harvard Club of the UK and Faaiza Lalji '13, Chair of the Aga Khan Museum Steering Committee, are delighted to invite you to a Conversation on Collecting at the Arts Club, with an introduction by Dr Henry Kim '92, Director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum.
You are invited to
A Conversation On Collecting:
From a Private Passion to the Public Domain
Thursday , 23 March at 6 pm
The Supper Club
40 Dover Street
Mayfair, London W1S 4NP
Mohammed Afkhami (Collector)
Venetia Porter (Curator, British Museum)
With Introduction by Henry Kim (Director and CEO, Aga Khan Museum)
Brought to you by:
Henry Kim (Director and CEO, Aga Khan Museum)
The Steering Committee for the Aga Khan Museum's UK Patrons' Chapter
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The Aga Khan Museum's UK Patrons' Chapter, in partnership with The Arts Club, is pleased to present A Conversation on Collecting: From a Private Passion to the Public Domain. Enjoy a discussion between Mohammed Afkhami and Venetia Porter about theRebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum, and the publication Honar: The Afkhami Collection of Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art (Phaidon 2007). In just over a decade, Afkhami has created a truly remarkable collection of modern and contemporary Iranian art. In this talk, Afkhami and Porter will discuss how his collecting interests evolved from a passion for the aesthetics of modern and contemporary Iranian art to the realization that Iran’s greatest contribution to the world has been its rich cultural heritage. Today, the collection enters a new phase as it moves into the public domain through its first major exhibition and publication.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Mohammed Afkhami is a third generation collector of Iranian art whose interests span from the medieval period to modern and contemporary. His collection is currently featured in Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians at the Aga Khan Museum, and will be published in Honar: The Afkhami Collection of Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art (Phaidon 2017). He is the Founder and Managing Partner of MA Partners DMCC, a Middle East based commodities consultancy; the Founder and Managing Partner of Magenta Capital Services; and Vice Chairman of London Strategic Land. In addition to his professional work, Afkhami is also a Founding Member of the British Museum’s Middle East and North African Art Acquisition Committee, and a member of the Board of Patrons for Art Dubai.
Venetia Porter is a curator at the British Museum where she works on the collection of Islamic and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art. She studied Arabic and Islamic art in Oxford, and she has a Ph.D from the University of Durham on the history and architecture of Medieval Yemen. She has curated a number of exhibitions at the British Museum including Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East (2006) and Hajj: Journey to the heart of Islam (2012). Her publications include Islamic Tiles (1995) and Arabic and Persian Seals and Amulets in the British Museum (2011). She is currently the lead curator for the Albukhary Foundation galleries of the Islamic World, which will open at the British Museum in Autumn 2018.
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Photo: Shirin Aliabadi, Miss Hybrid 3, 2008, C-print. © Shirin Aliabadi. Courtesy: Mohammed Afkhami Collection.