Henry S. Kim
Connecting Cultures through the Arts
October 14th, 1:00-3:00 pm
As the Director of the Aga Khan Museum, Henry Kim leads one of the most dynamic museums in Canada which aims to change the public perception of the Muslim world by showcasing its artistic creativity over 1400 years. Mr. Kim will explain the mission of Toronto’s newest museum and explore how through art visitors can make connections among cultures and learn of the rich network of exchange that brought people and art together.
Henry S. Kim is Director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, a new museum devoted to Islamic Art that opened in September 2014. An ancient historian and classical archaeologist by training, Mr. Kim joined the Aga Khan Museum from the University of Oxford where he taught, curated collections and managed capital projects at the Ashmolean Museum from 1994 to 2012. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, he served as curator of Greek coins and university lecturer in Greek numismatics at the university. From 2004 to 2011, he was the Project Director for the Ashmolean Redevelopment Project, a £70 million redevelopment and transformation of the museum. Most recently, he was Director of the University Engagement Programme, a three-year project sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aimed at expanding the use of the museum’s collections in teaching across the University. His publications include a number of articles on early money, particularly regarding the development of small change in Greece, on the development of numismatics in the 17th century, on the use of classical coins as sources for Renaissance medals and on the development of museums today.