Paracosm – Art Exchange, University of Essex, UK

November 06 - December 08, 2015

Works from the AAN Collection are part of Faiza Butt’s mid-career retrospective, Paracosm, at the Nottingham Art Exchange.

Parallax by Shahzia Sikander – Aidekman Art Centre, Tufts Art Museum, Boston, United States

September 10 - December 06, 2015

Shahzia Sikander’s video installation Parallax which was created and shown at The Sharjah Biennale in 2013 is being exhibited at the The Aidekman, Art Gallery, Tufts University Museum, Boston
Shahzia Sikander
Parallax, 2013
Three-channel color animation with sound, 15 min and 30 sec Music by Du Yun Music by Du Yun
© Shahzia Sikander. Courtesy of Sikander Studio

Moment/Momentum: An Exhibition from the AAN Collection:Wonders of Pakistan, Google Cultural Institute, Pakistan

20 August, 2015

Opening Exhibition of the AAN Collection on the Google Cultural Institute, Pakistan, including the works of the Modernist Zahoor-ul-Akhlaque and the contemporary artworks of Shahzia Sikander, Imran Qureshi, Rashid Rana, Aisha Khalid, Naiza Khan & Faiza Butt.

Moment/Momentum – Contemporary Art From Pakistan
This exhibition focuses on the works of Zahoor-Ul-Akhlaque and the Contemporary Artists who followed his lead. Especially since this is the first curated exhibition and would be a glimpse into this collection and the contemporary artworks that sit within its core and embody the ‘Aan’ or the ‘moment’.

AAN Collection Partners with Google Arts and Culture

15 August, 2015

Google Cultural Institute Pakistan was launched in August 2015. The AAN Collection was honored and proud to be a partner of this launch in Pakistan. AAN Collection was a part of this launch along with the Lahore Museum, Mohatta Palace Museum, Walled City Authority Lahore, the Fakir Khana Museum.

Watch the video by clicking on the link above!

Parallax by Shahzia Sikander – Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

July 16 - November 22, 2015

Shahzia Sikander’s video installation Parallax which was created and shown at The Sharjah Biennale in 2013 is being exhibited at the The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.
Shahzia Sikander
Parallax, 2013
Three-channel color animation with sound, 15 min and 30 sec Music by Du Yun
Music by Du Yun
© Shahzia Sikander. Courtesy of Sikander Studio

56th Venice Biennale – 2015

May 09 - November 22, 2015

Video installation in the AAN collection, Lines and Confrontation by Saira Wasim, is being shown at the Iranian Pavilion ’s exhibition, The Great Game.

Time of Others – Manmade by Basir Mahmood at Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

April 11 - June 28, 2015

A survey of contemporary art from the Asia Pacific region, Time of Others features works of artists responding to social, historical and geopolitical concerns at this present juncture of living in a more interconnected world today, where notions of boundary, difference and Otherness have also become more complex.

The Garden of Ideas – Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, canada

18 September 2014 - 18 January 2015

Six Works from the AAN Collection by artists Imran Qureshi and Aisha Khalid were part of this especially curated inaugural show at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Created for pleasure, spiritual reflection, and aesthetic contemplation, gardens have held many meanings. Beyond their beauty, they represent the human impulse to organize, contain, and collect the natural world. Without cultivation a garden would cease to exist. Similarly, without cultivation of the mind and the soul, it is believed a society cannot progress. “To dwell is to garden,” wrote the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, reminding us of the central role of culture as part of our existence. The Garden of Ideas brings together the work of six internationally acclaimed Pakistani artists whose creations play with, question, and interrogate the timeless theme of the garden – Source: The Aga Khan Museum

Moderate Enlightenment – The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

July 29 - February 02, 2014

Moderate Enlightenment, detailed portraits of friends and family in contemporary dress are set in sumptuously gilded landscapes, replete with the meticulous detail found in folios commissioned by the Mughal emperors. For Qureshi, there is an exquisite tension between the stringent parameters of this ancient practice and the modernity of his sitters—one that speaks, in part, to the frictions of a world in which novelty and orthodoxy collide.
Moderate Enlightenment, 2009
Goache & Gold Leaf on Hand Prepared Paper
11 X 8 Inches

labyrinth of reflections – Mohatta palace museum, karachi, pakistan

February 17 - December 31, 2013

A number of works from the AAN Collection were part of Rashid Rana’s mid-career retrospective, Labyrinth of Reflections at the Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi.

Designed on the lines of a labyrinth, the exhibit is spread on the ground and first floor of the palace and offers an interesting mix of pop culture references and socio-political commentary. Simply put, it will entice you and it will shock you.
A graduate of the National College of Arts, with a master’s degree from the Massachusetts College of Arts in Boston, Rana is currently heading the fine arts department at the Beaconhouse National University. A detailed note issued by the gallery for describing his work read: “His work poses questions about urban existence, identity, paradoxical truths and traces the changing facets and effects of globalization and also provides a gripping reminder that the images and stimulations that surround us in modern urban culture are deceptively different than what they may seem.” – Source : The Dawn


July 14 - November 04, 2012

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery showcases the power and breadth of new art from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh in its ground-breaking winter season all-gallery exhibition Sub-Topical Heat: New art from South Asia. Sub-Topical Heat is the most extensive and in-depth exhibition of art from South Asia presented to date in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The AAN Collection loaned the works of Imran Qureshi for this exhibition.

You Who Are My Love and My Life’s Enemy Too II– Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

November 11 - March 04, 2011

This artwork is a seminal artwork by Imran Qureshi and was among the Finalists of the Signature Art Prize 2011 at the Singapore Art Museum. These works were created before Imran Qureshi’s Courtyard Installation which won the Jury Prize at the Sharjah Biennial 2012.
Imran Qureshi
You Who Are My Love and My Life’s Enemy Too II, 2011
Goauche on Wasli, 94 X 48 Inches X 3 Triptych

Pattern to Follow- Sharjah Biennial 2012, Sharjah

March 16 - May 16, 2011 Pattern to Follow by Aisha Khalid was exhibited at The Sharjah Art Biennial 2011. This work was inspired by the domes of the Badshahi Mosque, the Mughal monument in the Mughal capital of Lahore. Pattern to Follow Gouache & Gold Leaf on Hand Prepared Paper 48 X 48 Inches.

Hanging fire – Asia Society museum, new york, United states

09 September 2009 - 03 January 2010

Works from the AAN Collection by artists Naiza Khan and Mehreen Zuberi were part of this especially curated show at the Asia Society Museum, New York.

Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan brings to New York some of Pakistan’s most significant, provocative, and influential artists in the first U.S. museum survey exhibition of contemporary Pakistani art. Although Pakistan frequently makes the headlines for very different reasons, its rich cultural heritage and vibrant contemporary art scene often go unnoticed. Pakistani civil society has a history of dissent and activism, which has often informed its art movements, its poetry, and its music. – Source: The Asia Society Museum, New York