‘THE MOON: A VOYAGE THRU TIME’ MIXES MODERN ART WITH MASTERWORKS @ THE AGA KHAN MUSEUM

Who isn’t transfixed some nights when they look up to see a full silver or orangey moon. It’s magic, and you can see it without causing eye damage.  For this exhibition the AGA KHAN MUSEUM, 77 Wynford Drive in DON MILLS has assembled works from prestigious institutions in London, New York, Cleveland, Cambridge, Oxford, Ann Arbor, Rotterdam, Toronto – and from the Aga Khan collection itself.

A highlight is ‘MOON’, a giant sculpture created by contemporary British artist LUKE JERRAM. It features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, and includes sound by BAFTA-winning composer DAN JONES.  The sculpture measures five metres in diameter and it would take 40 people standing shoulder-to-shoulder to circle it.

The AGA KHAN MUSEUM is a work of art itself. Tours can be arranged, and the museum’s DIWAN restaurant has developed an excellent reputation. ‘The Moon’ continues until August 18/2019.  Website – http://www.agakhanmuseum.org

AGA KHAN MUSEUM – MEMORIES OF THE BRUSCHETTINI CARPET COLLECTION LINGER ON

The Bruschettini Collection, no longer on exhibit, is one of the most important private collections of Islamic Art in the world.  These giant carpets were shown at the Aga Khan Museum in 2018.  <Photos by Philip Castleton Photography>

The Aga Khan Museum is located at 77 Wynford Drive, reachable by the Don Valley Parkway, or one light north of Eglinton Avenue, off Don Mills Road. – https://www.agakhanmuseum.org/

CHARLES CORREA’S ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTRE NOW SHARES SPACE WITH THE AGA KHAN MUSEUM

ISMAILICENTRE4The new Ismaili Centre for TORONTO’s Islamic community has risen adjacent to the Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive. Indian firm Charles Correa Associates designed the cultural centre in partnership with TORONTO’s Moriyama & Teshima Architects. It sits in a seven-hectare park designed by Lebanese landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic.

ISMAILICENTRE2Panes of translucent glass diffuse bright sunlight during the day, and allow the dome to glow at night. The dome will no doubt become a landmark beacon to drivers on the nearby Don Valley Parkway.

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