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Museum Favourites


Museum Favourites

Date: Last updated on July 1, 2020

This is a space for our curators’ and cultural programmers’ top picks. Peruse new and notable art, performances, and ideas from creators around the world — including more than a few with close connections to the Museum.


Rhythms of Canada: Univesity of Alberta's Indigenous Canada Online Course


Our July 1 Museum Favourite is the University of Alberta’s free online course on Indigenous Canada. What better time than the present to engage the histories, perspectives, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples? Go here for more details, including information on how to register, and click the video below to watch a short trailer. 


MARSM Online


Riveting podcasts, online movie nights, special YouTube playlists, a digital meeting space for people passionate about Arab and North African arts and culture — our Museum Favourite this week has all that and more. Go here to visit MARSM’s newly launched online hub. And click the video below to watch the first instalment of their Electric Ballroom series, featuring a concert clip from Egyptian rock pioneers Cairokee.


Three Questions with artist Issam Kourbaj


“When we all face the same threat, we sing together, we play together, we bond together."


In this short video from the U.K.'s Kettle's Yard gallery  — part of its Three Questions interview series — Syria-born artist Issam Kourbaj reflects on dealing with dark times in his practice and shares his hopes for the post-COVID-19 world.


Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from the Courtauld


Our latest pick for Museum Favourite is the Sunday, June 7 webinar about the U.K. exhibition Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from the Courtauld. Dr. Sussan Babaie’s talk, titled “Sensory Experience in Islamic Arts,” starts at 9 am ET. For more details, including information on how to register, visit this page on the Courtauld Institute of Art's website. 


Curious about the works of inlaid brass-ware featured in the exhibition? Watch the video below to view a few of the astounding pieces in the collection.


Broad Museum curator Ed Schad's conversation with artist Shirin Neshat


This week’s Museum Favourite is an absorbing interview with Iranian-born visual artist Shirin Neshat. Engage with her provocative ideas about art, the parallels between the U.S. and her native Iran, and the cultural impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


For a glimpse into the themes Neshat explores in her work, watch the clip below, an excerpt from her 1999 work of video art Rapture. 


Mschatta Lounge concert series from the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin

The orange, red, and blue logo for the Mschatta Lounge concert series presented by Berlin's Museum of Islamic Art.

Go across the pond (virtually) for this week's Museum Favourite, the electrifying Mschatta Lounge concert series presented by the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin. Dive into this six-part concert series here.


Ramneek Singh performs Kabir Bhajan from Raag Ahir Bhairav


She has entertained audiences at the Aga Khan Museum and around the world. Now, classical Indian vocalist Ramneek Singh shares this special, intimate performance that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Luxuriate in Singh’s soothing performance of Kabir Bhajan from Raag Ahir Bhairav.


Maneli Jamal — Bella Ciao


Have you been tearing through Netflix series after Netflix series lately? Then you may have heard chords from the Italian folk song Bella Ciao in the hit show Money Heist (in Spanish: La Casa de Papel). Here's guitarist Maneli Jamal's recent cover of the influential tune. 

Jamal has been busy during the COVID-19 lockdown. The Iranian-American-Canadian musician kicked off the Museum's April 2020 remixTOGETHER Festival, charming viewers with his swirling, globe-trotting take on solo acoustic guitar. Go here to watch Jamal's remixTOGETHER set on YouTube.


Instagram tour of artist Shahzia Sikander's home studio


“When new routines have to be set up and time feels suspended, art becomes meditation.”


This #MuseumWithoutWalls pick is an Instagram video tour of artist Shahzia Sikander’s home studio in New York City, where she and her son, Alexander, have been in self-isolation. See the two temporary painting stations where mother and son experiment with colours and patterns. And learn about the role Pakistani miniature painting has played in Sikander’s journey as an artist.


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The Aga Khan Museum's remixTOGETHER Festival


Ten ground-breaking Ontario-based acts ascended the virtual stage April 22, 2020 for remixTOGETHER, the Aga Khan Museum’s first-ever online music festival.


Each artist on the diverse bill takes a much-beloved musical tradition and infuses it with unexpected sonic colours and fresh ideas. Performing from home challenged their ingenuity even further. Explore the playlist below to see already-inventive artists reach new creative heights.

The Museum’s remixTOGETHER ​Festival is presented in partnership with MusicTogether, a living-room concert series that supports Ontario artists in need. Funding for MusicTogether is generously provided by Slaight Music, Arts & Crafts, and the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries.


Maati Baani ft. Moorala Marwada — Banjara


Indian folk-music innovators Maati Baani and singer Mooralala Marwada's 2012 live performance of Banjara is remarkable for many reasons. To start, it was recorded outside Marawada’s home in Dholavira, in western India, in front of his neighbours (not just his human neighbours, but the animals, too!). What's more, the song is a loving reinterpretation of a work written by Kabir, the Indian poet and saint.


See community come together in celebration of tradition — and of each other — by watching the video below.



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