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'3D Projection Spectacular' among December attractions at Aga Khan Museum 2018-12-04

Tuesday, 2018, December 4
ga Khan’s exterior walls will light up to end December for for Light up the Dark: A 3-D Projection Spectacular. - Rene Johnston/

This December, the Aga Khan Museum transforms the perception that museums are only places for dusty artifacts, when its exterior walls become a massive canvas for Light up the Dark: A 3-D Projection Spectacular.

This video show goes beyond the typical holiday light display by using a technology called projection mapping, which will turn the museum’s white granite walls into a 53 m x 13 m screen where art comes to life.

You might see a flower from a 12th-century painting blossom across the walls, or the building’s granite blocks might slide open to reveal a scene from 16th century India, or you might a catch one of the museum’s recent live flamenco performances projected in a hologram-like style.

Curator for the project Amirali Alibhai, head of performing arts, says it’s a way for the museum to combine both the tangible items in the collection with the intangible quality of the museum’s mission — to connect cultures through art.

“It’s like the walls open,” says Alibhai, “making what is contained inside visible outside, showing a range of art, performances, and programming.”

The show runs Dec. 27-30 and organizers invite visitors to warm up inside with hot drinks, and to enjoy three more free displays on throughout the month.

On now is Aisha Khalid’s Your Way Begins on the Other Side, a luminous tapestry made of silk, velvet, and 1.2 million gold-plated pins. It’s the first contemporary piece the museum acquired and because of its fragile nature it’s only on for a limited time.

Selected works of Zahoor ul Akhlaq — often referred to as the “father of contemporary Pakistani art”— are also on view.

He and his family spent time in Toronto, but returned to Pakistan where, tragically, he and his daughter, a renowned dancer, were murdered in their home in 1999.

Finally, on view starting Dec. 18 is a unique robe from Central Asia embroidered with a scene from the story of King Solomon. The robe is from the personal collection of His Highness the Aga Khan’s uncle, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan.
— provided by the Aga Khan Museum

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