If you don’t already know this about me, I am an art junkie. I love beautiful things that are steeped in history and culture. A friend of mine recently went to the Aga Khan Museum here in Toronto and said the experience was nothing short of spectacular.
For those that don’t know, Aga Khan is:
the 49th hereditary Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (agakhanmuseum.org, 2018).
The museum’s mandate is to offer a unique perspective into the contributions of different Islamic civilizations and the role they’ve played in the history of the world.
Myself and three friends decided to take a Sunday and explore the museum and visit the current exhibitions. The first one we went to was Parviz Tanavoli, an Iranian-Canadian artist who has three sculptures in the museum on display: the Poet in Love, 2009; Big Heech, 2014; and Horizontal Lovers, 2016. These installations are spectacular. They are clean and minimal, and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
The second exhibition that we saw was called “Listening to Art, Seeing Music”, and this was an experience. The goal of the exhibition is to provide an immersive listening experience to visitors through the use of videos and musical soundscapes — these soundscapes are live musical performances with expert musicians. What is unique about this experience is that it happens in a centralized courtyard where people gather to watch the musicians and discuss with one another. It really fosters a level of community that I have yet to experience at any other Art spaces I have been to.
The whole experience at the Museum was fantastic, and I encourage anyone interested in learning some history and engaging with some beautiful art, to take the time to visit.