Syria: A Living History @ Aga Khan Museum

The Aga Khan Museum is currently showing its newest exhibition Syria: A living History that will remain open until February 26, 2017. The exhibition is the result of an unprecedented partnerships between the Museum and seven major institutions and private collectors from Toronto, Paris, New York, Berlin and Dubai, which offers through Syrian artifacts and artworks, insight into a 5000 year history of this ancient, multi-cultural society. This exhibition goes beyond the headlines to honour Syria’s contributions to the worlds artistic, architectural and cultural heritage. It sheds light on the diverse civilizations that have interwoven in Syria over centuries to create a culture that is unique in the world.


Many of the works of art are being exhibited together for the first time and will give audience a unique insight into the marvelous cultural traditions of both ancient and present day Syria, thereby underscoring the dialogue between these traditions throughout the ages.

Exhibition highlights include

  • An eye idol from Tell Brak, Syria, carved around 3200 BCE
  • A stele with a depiction of a prayer from Tell Halaf, Syria (10th-9th centuries BCE), still bearing the marks of a Second World War bombing raid in Berlin, Germany
  • Contemporary works by Elias Zayat (b.1935) and Fateh Moudarres (1922-99) that merge personal experiences with reflections on modern-day Syria

Our tour that evening began with a dinner at Diwan, the museum’s restaurant operated by the McEwan Group. Diwan provides the perfect backdrop for a tasting of the new Syrian themed menu, curated by Chef Mark McEwan and Chef de Cuisine John Kovac. We enjoyed a sampling of dishes such as Shurbat Addes (red lentil soup), Kebab Karaz (lamb meatballs braised with sour cherries), Tarator Style Salmon (walnut crusted) and more.
Please enjoy the photos from the dinner and of our tour of Syria: A Living History:



Lahana Salata

  • Cabbage Salad with beets, almonds, feta cheese and citrus garlic vinaigrette



  • Cucumber, Tomato, Red Onion, Macedonian Feta, Crisp Lavash


Kebab Karaz

  • Lamb Meatball braised with sour cherries, pinenuts served with naan


“Tarator” Style Roasted Salmon

  • Walnut crusted salmon, lemon tahini yogurt, quinoa



After dinner, we were split into two groups with a tour guide showing us around.








Syria: A Living History remains opened at the Aga Khan Museum until February 26, 2017. Showcase performances with Syrian artists will be happening on Novemeber 26, 27 and December 11. For more information, please visit their website at

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