The Museum’s Bita Pourvash dives deeper into our #MuseumWithoutWalls Object of the Week — a gorgeous 16th-century folio from the Divan (Collected Works) of Sultan Ibrahim Mirza — and what it has to say about the many shades of love.
@AgaKhanMuseum New Interactive Exhibition: What's Your Sanctuary?
How have you found sanctuary during the COVID-19 lockdown?
Calling all art lovers: the Aga Khan Museum invites you help create a new art display charting how people in our community have found sanctuary during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We warmly welcome you to send us a photograph or short video (15 seconds or less) that speaks to what — and who — gave you comfort, stability, belonging, and hope during this challenging time. Please include a short testimonial or poem (of 25 words or less) about the sanctuary represented in your photo or video.
Your sanctuary doesn’t have to be a place. It could be an activity, a cherished memory, a work of art, your faith, or something else entirely. We also encourage you to submit a picture of yourself with a person who has given you sanctuary during this time. When snapping your picture, make sure to respect physical-distancing rules, so you and others stay safe!
Our Museum team will collect the entries and create a display to feature in our Museum. This new collection of community-generated art will serve as a companion to the Sanctuary exhibition when the Museum reopens later this year.
Raag-Mala Toronto and the Museum present Pandit Satish Vyas, one of India’s most acclaimed santoor players, and Ustad Waseem Ahmed Khan, a powerful vocalist and descendant of the Agra Gharana musical lineage. Joined by Pandit Ashis Sengupta on tabla and Dr. Vinay Mishra on harmonium, they will perform a program of evening raags — improvisations based on musical scales that serve as the lifeblood of Indian classical music and have no traditional western equivalent.
Pocket Performance: Lamia Yared with Didem Başar and Andrea Romani
Born in Lebanon, Lamia Yared grew up in Montreal. It was through her travels in Greece, Turkey and Lebanon that she met renowned masters of classical Arabic and Turkish music, where she deepened her knowledge and interpretation of the Muwashah and Türk Sanat Müziği. Collaborating with unparalleled musicians from diverse cultures on Canadian stages, she shares these repertoires of the school of Maqamat from the regions of the Levent. Since 2013, Lamia and her ensemble have been traveling between the Maisons de la Culture in Montreal, various festivals accross Canada (Vancouver Island Festival, Caravan World Rythms, Sunfest, Accès Asie, Maison de la Syria, Festival du Monde Arabe, Festival des Traditions du monde de Sherbrooke , etc.) as well as in the Netherlands and Turkey. Her recent album Chants des Trois cours, with her guest musicians, was selected by the British magazine Songlines (March 2020), as one of the ten best new album releases.
Friday Performance: The Covenant of Love
“Misaq-e-Ishq is an exploration through poetry and music of the dialogue between humanity and divinity.”– Ali Sethi
On Tuesday April 7th, Fethi Nadjem was to present his trio (Marito Marques, Majd Sekkar) at the Canadian Opera Company's Richard Bradshaw Ampitheatre as part of their Free Concert Series, for which the Aga Khan Museum is a programming partner for 2019-2020. While the concert needed to be cancelled, the three artists have come together here, to present a special and unique snapshot of their work together as an ensemble, performing music from North Africa.
As a museum, we join people around the world in expressing our rejection of all forms of racism and violence. We reaffirm our commitment to pluralism and to challenging systematic marginalization based on race or ethnicity. Our programs and activities seek to help people learn about and experience the heritage, history, and cultures of different civilizations. It is through a better knowledge and appreciation of different civilizations that we hope to promote a society which celebrates pluralism and diversity and where discrimination has no place.
It is our sincere pleasure to deliver the following news: After a three-month closure, the Aga Khan Museum will reopen its doors to the public on Saturday, June 27, 2020.
This message is your gateway to all the exciting details about our reopening. Explore the links below to learn about our enhanced safety measures (including mandatory timed-entry ticketing), our reimagined slate of programs and events, and how to take advantage of Pay What You Can admission until July 26.
Where did the two beautiful Persian glazed tiles ("Two Tiles with Iris Plants, from a Spandrel Panel") in the permanent collection of the Aga Khan Museum come from? Dr. Lisa Golombek and Dr. Robert Mason from the Royal Ontario Museum show how they figured it out.
Aqua the singer, songwriter, storyteller, artist, and activist is a strong Anishinaabe Kwe~Indigenous Woman, also known as Nibii Waawaaskone~Water Flower. She originates from North Bay where she was raised by her single Mom Waabishkaasin Kwe~White Stone Woman. Aqua is a two-spirit woman of mixed Ancestry; Ojibwe Métis with French and Scottish heritage.
Happy Canada Day, friends! We warmly welcome you to celebrate with us at our virtual #MuseumWithoutWalls. There, you’ll find exclusive performances, talks, activities for children and families, and delicious recipes representing Canada’s diverse cultural mosaic.
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to interact with us throughout the day. Share your pictures and videos showing how you’re celebrating — and make sure to include the hashtag #RhythmsofCanada2020.
The Museum’s Rhythms of Canada Celebrations are presented with support from the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto, and Modern Niagara.
We’re all living under a new normal, but a better, kinder, more connected way now feels within reach – we need only to imagine it.
Here at the Aga Khan Museum, our team is working hard to reimagine what that new way forward looks like. We’ve adapted our programming to better reflect our new normal and to ensure our visitors are able to safely reconnect after too long in isolation.
We're so pleased that the Museum reopened on June 27th. But we need your help to make sure we can provide all the inspiring and restorative programming we have planned for you.
If you are able, could you consider a gift of $50 or $100 to help us provide programming that will spark healing and joy, and foster connection when we all need it most?
Every dollar raised between now and August 11 will be matched, up to a total of $40,000, thanks to the unbelievable generosity of Kumi and Abdul Pirbhai, Bayview Hospitality Group, Jim Fleck, and an anonymous donor.
We have big plans for our new programming, aptly titled “Rebuild 2020,” anchored on themes that include: Remember, Reconnect, Reimagine and Rejoice.
Your gift today will:
- Give people a meaningful outlet to remember and pay tribute to essential workers and those we’ve lost, through four arts-based community projects
- Provide a safe place for people to reconnect by hosting community picnics on our extensive grounds
- Host a series of online talks where renowned artists tackle the question: “How do we reimagine the world in the wake of such change and what is the role of art and artists?”
- Give people the chance to rejoice and experience live performances for the first time in months.
I know it seems ambitious, but we strongly believe that our Museum has a pivotal role to play in reigniting a sense of wonder among our audiences — from young and old, local to global.
That’s why we’re calling this donations campaign “Reignite” — and we can’t do that without you.
Ultimately, our hope is that these new initiatives will bring people to the Museum, help them to experience the joy of art and encourage them to discover the diverse global flavours of Islamic art and culture.
I invite you to reignite a sense of wonder with us and make this hope a reality.
The Canadian Youth Chinese Orchestra (CYCO) was formed in 2017 by a group of youths who represented the City of Markham to tour in China. Led by Amely Zhou, the conductor of CYCO, the group has since been invited to give concert performances at numerous prestigous venues, including the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, the Markham Theatre, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Sony Centre for Performing Arts. CYCO has collaborated with cultural organizations including the Fetechinoise, the Chinese Cultural Centre, and the Canadian Sinfonietta Youth Orchestra.
Did you hear? Pay What You Can admission has been extended until September 7, 2020. This is our way of saying thank you for supporting us during our closure and to celebrate your return to the Museum. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to reconnect with arts and culture. Reserve your timed-entry ticket today!
Restore connection this August surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Aga Khan Park.
On the weekend of August 14, we will host two outdoor celebrations designed to infuse a touch of elegance — and a lot of enjoyment — into your summer. You are invited to celebrate art, culture, food, and people you care about, all in the comfort of your own open-air tent.
Spaces for these physical-distancing-friendly gatherings are extremely limited, so reserve your group package today!
Elaborate paintings of groups of people meeting outside belong to storied traditions in Persian and Indian visual cultures. In her latest video for the #MuseumWithoutWalls, Aga Khan Museum Assistant Curator Bita Pourvash shepherds you on a scenic tour of some magnificent examples of the genre — culminating with a cameo appearance from one of the most famous military leaders of history.
Nour Kaadan is a musician, percussionist and community arts facilitator, who started her music career in 2010, in Damascus, Syria. Nour specializes in classical middle eastern rhythm and percussions, as well as flamenco rhythms on cajon. Since 2014 she has performed in Lebanon and then in Toronto since 2017. In Toronto, her contributions to the Middle Easterna nd Flamenco music communities have been numerous, having performed and worked through multiple projects, including Flamenco Arabia, which fuese traditional Arabic music with classic flamenco music cante and dance.
Curator From Home: Kernels of Wisdom From the Ancient Past
What do battling beasts, strange birds, and flame-engulfed treetops have to tell us about how to be a successful leader? Aga Khan Museum Curator Dr. Michael Chagnon investigates in this short video exploration of a 17th-century manuscript of the Anvar-i Suhayli (Manuscript of the Lights of Canopus).
The Master Musicians of the Aga Khan Music Initiative is a collective of musicians who create new music inspired by cultural heritage of the Middle East and Mediterranean Basin, South Asia, Central Asia, West Africa, and China. These master musicians link countries and continents, present and past and bring to life a new body of music that is seamless and exuberantly original.
Feast your eyes on one of the most spectacular masterworks of Persian weaving — before it’s too late.
The Wagner Garden Carpet, on loan from the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, Scotland, wraps up its Aga Khan Museum residency on Sunday, August 16. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the tapestry’s natural landscape spring to life in the soothing light of our Collections Gallery.
Take advantage of Pay What You Can admission. Reserve your timed-entry ticket today!
Looking for ideas for your next arts-and-crafts adventure? The Museum’s Collection is a “fountain” of inspiration. Using one of the grandest artifacts in our main gallery as a muse, construct your own pan flute from easy-to-find materials. Watch this video for the instructions!
REIMAGINE: Global Conversations — Arts and Culture: Converging Visions from the UAE
A fascinating history, rich cultural traditions, and a meteoric rise as a global centre for commerce and thought all make the United Arab Emirates an intriguing environment to create, consume, and curate art. And in a ranging discussion for the #MuseumWithoutWalls, two UAE-based arts leaders share their experiences encouraging artistic engagement and new ideas in such a dynamic, diverse cultural milieu.
Behind the Scenes: Jeremy Dutcher at the Aga Khan Museum
The Aga Khan Museum has played a small but influential role in the rise of JUNO and Polaris award-winning musician Jeremy Dutcher. Celebrating Indigenous elders and stories, his first-ever music video, for the song “Mehcinut,” was shot at the Museum. Months later, in early 2020, Dutcher and his band embarked on a short residency here, experimenting with sonic structures and performing a quirky “living room-style" concert for a gathering of lucky fans.
Family Sundays return to the Aga Khan Museum with safe, fun happenings for children and their caregivers.
This Sunday between noon and 4 pm, drop by our Education Centre for arts and crafts activities inspired by the Sanctuary exhibition. At 2 pm, ignite your imagination on a 30-minute, family-focused gallery tour.
Family Sunday fun is included in your ticket to the Museum. And remember, admission is Pay What You Can until September 7. Reserve your entry time today!
Have you visited our online #MuseumWithoutWalls or engaged with our social media channels in the past five months? If so, please take five minutes to fill out this short impact survey. Your feedback helps us plan better, more engaging content for everyone to enjoy.
Wednesdays are wonderful at the Museum. Wander our serene gallery spaces during special evening hours. Take in a Pop-Up Performance or a 6:30 pm Courtyard Conversation. Admission is Pay What You Can.
Date night at Diwan
Friday night feasting is on the menu at Diwan. Starting today, Chef Shen Ousmand’s team of culinary artisans will host a weekly 5 pm-to-8 pm Friday dinner service. Saturday evening service launches on August 22.
Reignite a sense of wonder. Donate today!
Together, we can reignite a sense of wonder! Your contribution today will fuel exhibitions, programs, and performances that inspire wonder, hope, healing, and joy. We thank you for building a brighter future for our community. #ReigniteWonder
I am overjoyed and deeply moved by the outpouring of support we received for the Aga Khan Museum’s Reignite campaign.
We may be operating under a new normal, but one great constant has always been the spirit of generosity of our supporters.
Thanks to the overwhelming support and generous contributions of 871 donors – alongside our matching donors Kumi and Abdul Pirbhai, Bayview Hospitality Group, Jim Fleck and an anonymous donor – we far exceeded our campaign target.
Together, we raised $284,995 – and surpassed our original goal of $200,000 and our stretch goal of $250,000 in the last week!
The generosity of our donors will enable us to, safely and thoughtfully, continue presenting exhibitions, programs and performances that are a source of wonder, hope, healing, inspiration and joy.
In these unprecedented times, this has never been more important.
After all, we know that art in its most potent forms has the power to renew spirits and communities, connect cultures and facilitate a shared sense of humanity.
On behalf of all of us here at the Aga Khan Museum, we sincerely thank everyone who contributed to Reignite, particularly at this challenging time.
It’s because of this support that we will be able to reignite a sense of wonder, community and connection with visitors across the Greater Toronto Area, across North America and beyond.
We truly couldn’t do it without our incredible community of donors and visitors.
You are invited to join with us for a spectacular evening of art, vibrant performances and lively debate - featuring luminaries of the art world.
2020 Lapis Digital Benefit
Thursday, September 24, 2020
8:00 PM EST
Free with registration
Broadcast from the Museum
Remarks from Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Acclaimed Canadian and international artists
Conversations with artists on art in a changing world
Through the incredible support of our generous sponsors, including Title Sponsor Steel Canada Resources Limited, registration for this event is free, making it accessible to audiences worldwide.
Save the date of September 24 to watch the broadcast from the comfort of your home.
Stay tuned for more information next week, including how to register.
For general inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in sponsoring the event?
Sponsors receive both in-person and digital benefits, and will be widely recognized through the Museum’s marketing initiatives and promotions before, during and after the event.
Lecture: The Persian Romance of Alexander the Great with Prof. Michael Barry
Setting out to conquer the Persian Empire in 334 BC, Alexander the Great lamented that no poet would narrate his history and adventures. Yet, more than 1,000 years later, Alexander was re-identified as "Iskandar" by Persia's two greatest epic poets: Firdausi and Nizami. Join historian and professor Dr. Michael Barry as he bridges the concepts of art, mysticism, and poetry in this 2016 talk exploring the blending of sober history with heroic tales.
Enter a world of beautiful doors and the wonders that lie just behind them. Join Aga Khan Museum Assistant Curator Bita Pourvash on a door-themed tour of objects in our Collection, starting with a marvellously detailed set of engraved wooden double doors from northern Iran.
Curator from Home: Dinner with a Side of Wisdom with Dr. Marika Sardar
Nourish your mind or feed your body? The Museum's Dr. Marika Sardar serves up examples of 1,100-year-old ceramic dishes from Central Asia that encouraged dinner guests to do both at the same time. Learn more about the making of these objects and the words of wisdom they convey.
Pocket Performance: Padideh Ahrarnejad & Ali Massoudi
Toronto-based musicians and educators Padideh Ahrarnejad and Ali Massoudi have each spent decades studying and performing traditional Persian instruments. Watch the duo’s #MuseumWithoutWalls mini-concert to glimpse their masterful command of the language of music.
The Public Curates series consists of short videos recorded by Museum visitors, patrons and volunteers. The videos present their personal reflections on and object they have chosen from our Museum Collection.
September 24, 2020, 2020 Lapis Digital Benefit at 8pm Toronto time (EST) Free registration. Broadcast from the Museum: Remarks from Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Chairman of the Board of Directors - Acclaimed Canadian and international artists - Conversations with artists on art in a changing world Breathtaking performances.
Prince Amyn is not expected to come to the Museum. He is expected to send his video-remarks that will be played during the webcast thie Thursday. The webcast is by registration.
I want to express my sincere thanks to you for joining us at this year’s Lapis Digital Benefit. When the Museum was forced to close in early March, we were faced with rapid changes and much uncertainty, along with the rest of the world. In those most difficult moments, we used art in its various forms to connect with our community and spread a message of hope.
The Lapis Digital Benefit was just one more way we have continued to innovate and respond to our new reality. The event brought together thousands of people from over 40 countries to celebrate diversity and pluralism through inspiring conversations and stunning performances.
Through the generosity of our sponsors, donors and global community we raised $856,000 (and counting) in support of Rebuild 2020, the Museum’s reimagined programming and exhibitions that will reconnect and reinvigorate communities through the arts.
If you would like to relive the excitement of the Lapis Digital Benefit again, please click here. You may log in and restream the event until October 5, 2020, and make a donation if you would like to.
Thank you again for making out first-ever Lapis Digital Benefit such a resounding success.
We continue to be inspired and humbled by your support, and hope you will join us as we move forward in our mission to provide a welcoming, safe haven for the public in the wake of our forever changed world.
Robert A. Baker
Chief Development Officer
Aga Khan Museum
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