This exhibition is a virtual version of the exhibition Syria: A Living History on display at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, October 15, 2016 to March 26, 2017. In this collection you will find photographs of the exhibition, reproductions of the graphic panels, and a selection of artifacts on display.
Perched on the
Eastern Mediterranean and steeped in history, Syria has developed a sense of
identity that is expansive yet resilient and not easily defined. Through
successive political and geographic transmutations from Aram and Phoenicia, to
Seleukia, to the Roman and Byzantine Oriens, to Islamic Bilad al-Sham, to a
truncated modern Syria, the country has accumulated many interrelated cultures.
Some flourished for a long time and radiated their influence near and far.
Others shone brightly for only a brief moment. All, however, have contributed
to the rich history of Syria, giving the country an aura of vivid
multiculturalism long before the term was coined.
Syria: A Living
History brings together over 5,000 years of artifacts that
showcase the arts and diversity of Syrian civilizations. The reflection and
influence of historical interrelated cultures is evident in modern and
contemporary artworks, which together enhance the importance of Syria’s long
history of artistic creativity.