Since the dawn of civilization, the moon has captivated cultures. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, The Moon: A Voyage Through Time explores our enduring fascination with this enchanting orb in the sky and looks at the role it has played in faith, science, and the arts across the Muslim world and beyond. Our related programs bring together scholars, artists and thought-leaders who reveal the mysteries of the moon.
From works by new and emergent young media artists, to master musicians who have toured the world — explore highlights from select programming hosted on-stage at the Aga Khan Museum.
The Aga Khan Museum presents its annual flamenco programming! This annual festival celebrates the multi-disciplinary nature of flamenco, influenced by different cultures and forms, and its continually evolving modes of expression.
We connect cultures through art. Our Collection, educational programming, and performances spark dialogue and foster understanding.
Curator’s tours give you rich insight into the stories, meanings, and processes behind the art and artifacts in our exhibitions and Permanent Collection.
For each new exhibition, Aga Khan Museum Patrons’ Circle supporters are invited to celebrate with us at exclusive VIP exhibition preview receptions. These events foster a greater level of engagement with the Museum, our curators, and our programming, as members of the Patrons’ Circle enjoy an evening of networking and mingling with like-minded supporters, artists, curators, performers, and special guest speakers.
The Aga Khan Museum Annual Lecture Series presents Big Thinkers who challenge us to think differently about the world around us, using art and cultural as a catalyst for conversations that promote pluralism.
The World of the Fatimids bears witness to a remarkable dynasty that built one of the world’s oldest universities, compiled one of its greatest libraries, and fostered a flowering of the arts and sciences. At its height in the 10th and 11th centuries, the Fatimids established one of the greatest civilizations in the world, influencing knowledge and culture throughout the Mediterranean, Europe, and the Near East.
Poets from South Asia, Iran, Turkey, and Spain headlined the sold-out Great Poets Series, a five-part series showcasing poets from Rumi to Khusrau through performers from Iran, India, Canada, and beyond.
The contemporary artists featured in HERE suggest that Canadian identity is made of many “inscriptions” and embedded stories. Whether Canadian-born or naturalized, permanent residents or ex-pats, these artists carry experiences from multiple geographies and generations, from neighbours old and new. Rich with questions, their works may point to a pathway for both individuals and nations. Building a future means recognizing our complex histories, finding spaces to grow, and allowing conversations to continue.
From lavish textiles and intricately patterned carpets to colourful paintings, polychrome Iznik wares, and precious inlaid metalwork: the world premiere of Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection introduces Canadian and international audiences to a choice selection from one of the world’s most important private collections of Islamic art. Handpicked by Dr. Alessandro Bruschettini in conversation with Aga Khan Museum Curator Filiz Çakır Phillip, the objects showcased in the exhibition, numbering more than 40 and dating from the 13th to 17th centuries, demonstrate remarkable vibrancy, variety, and technical perfection and represent the essence of this rarely exhibited collection. A feast for the eyes, Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collectionilluminates the noble art of collecting and the enduring appeal of Islamic masterworks.
Listening to Art, Seeing Music brings together the Museum’s stunning Collection and stellar performances for a multi-sensory journey of discovery. Experience the interconnectedness of all of the arts as music and painting, digital art and spoken word, dance and poetry, and even food unite to create a museum visit like no other.
Jessica Fulford-Dobson visited Skateistan for a total of six weeks and her engaging photographs from her time there deftly undermine cultural, religious, and gender stereotypes. Collected in a book called Skate Girls of Kabul and now exhibited in the Aga Khan Park, these photographs present an uncomplicated celebration of childhood and girl power.
Syrian Symphony orchestrates music, painting, and media arts by some of Syria’s leading artists and musicians. Along with contributions from other organizations such as Iconem, Atassi Foundation, COSTI, and Silkroad, this exhibition explores the roles of art and artists during times of upheaval and conflict.
Cultural rebellion and lyrical reflection come together in this world-premiere exhibition showcasing one of the most important collections of contemporary Iranian art. Encounter the works of 23 artists who have chosen self-expression over silence — men and women separated by generations but united in their desire to explore complex issues against a backdrop of political and social unrest.
Opened on October 15, 2016, the world-premiere exhibition Syria: A Living History offers worlds of discovery into the marvellous arts and culture of past and present-day Syria. Through a wide variety of on-stage programming ranging from an Annual Symposium to performances by Syrian-born artists and musicians, our related programming continues the conversations about Syria's rich history and multicultural legacy.
A breathtaking gateway to Muslim civilizations in Europe, the Alhambra in Granada, Spain is an architectural masterpiece. How can a contemporary architect complement its design, adding a visitors’ centre for the millions of people who flock to the site each year? Discover the vision — and artistic challenge — of Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza in this exciting exhibition. Álvaro Siza: Gateway to the Alhambra reveals the creative process and artistic genius of one of today’s greatest living architects.
Our 2016 lecture series tackles the theme “Islam and Muslims in the 21st Century.” Featuring scholars and journalists who are leading thought-provoking conversations about Muslims and Islam today, the series addresses questions of identity and belonging, youth and integration, and immigration and settlement.
The Aga Khan Museum’s Publications Program enhances the exhibitions and educational programs of the Museum by developing print and digital products that cater to a broad range of audiences and interests within the arts. The Museum’s printed publications include collection and exhibition catalogues, academic and scholarly research papers, art books, and children’s books.
The children’s books that are part of the Museum’s Publications Program offer an accessible introduction to the Museum’s Permanent Collection as well as to the arts of Muslim civilizations.
From an arch and a lantern to an owl and a zoo, this ABC spelling book illustrates letters from the Latin alphabet with details from the Aga Khan Museum's superb collection of paintings, illuminated manuscripts, ceramics, metalwork, coins, and tiles from the 12th to 19th centuries. The board book offers an accessible introduction for very young children to the Museum's collection, showcasing a rich diversity of works from around the world, including Egypt, Sicily, India, Turkey, and Iran. Proving that learning can be fun, colourful, and exciting, Astounding ABC encourages children to explore the Museum's collection through animals, nature, historical figures, and a variety of artifacts.
Enchanted Lines brings together exceptional examples of some of the best drawings in the Aga Khan Museum’s collection, with special emphasis on those works known to have been created by a particular artist. Intended as a companion book to the Aga Khan Museum’s inaugural temporary exhibition In Search of the Artist: Signed Paintings and Drawings from the Aga Khan Museum Collection, it is the first in a series of volumes showcasing different aspects of the Museum’s Permanent Collection. Author Filiz Çakır Phillip situates these drawings in their historical and artistic context and provides incisive background on techniques and themes.
Fascinated by the exhibition Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation?
This exhibition was the first contemporary exhibition to open at the Aga Khan Museum. Celebrated Pakistani artists joined together to create magnificent works which were then translated on this special edition gift-wrapping book exclusive to the Aga Khan Museum. Beautiful sheets of paper inspired by the artists work are compiled together in this keepsake book which makes for a perfect conversation piece and gifting item.
When bestselling British author Elizabeth Laird introduces the brother jackals Kalilah and Dimnah, she acknowledges a tradition that is as ancient as storytelling itself: the animal fable with a moral. Kalilah and Dimnah debuted in the Panchatantra (Sanskrit for Five Principles), composed in India in the 3rd century BCE. In that work, related as a series of nested tales-within-tales told to illustrate examples of right or wrong behaviour that lead to good or bad results, Dimnah destroys the friendship between a lion and a bull out of jealousy and has to face the consequences.