Listening to Art, Seeing Music
Listening to Art, Seeing Music
  • Date:January 20, 2018 - April 22, 2018

“[The Museum] is an amazing space, and it’s neat seeing how it keeps being refashioned and reconfigured.”Matt Galloway, CBC Metro Morning

Light up the dark months and warm up the cold days with a visit to our new interactive installations!

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.

From soundscapes and hands-on interactive displays to the contemplative space of an authentic Mongolian yurt, nearly a dozen installations invite you to explore the Museum on a journey of discovery.

Watch shapes blossom from sounds in Sama Mara’s interactive installation A Hidden Order. Marvel at the craftsmanship in a display of instruments handmade by Syrian oud player Radwan Al Taleb. Contemplate the mesmerizing animations of Shahzia Sikander and the meditative score of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun united in Disruption as Rapture. And, on select days, make your own music as you engage with instruments in the Museum’s public spaces.

Whatever “art” means to you, find new inspiration and insight here.


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Use the hashtag #ListeningtoArt to share photos and videos of your visit!


Musical Synthesis: Electrifying Traditional Music

Thursday, January 25, 1–2 pm

Listening to Art, Seeing Music with Amirali Alibhai

Tuesday, February 6, 6:30–7:30 pm

Singing as One: A Pathway to Pluralism

Thursday, February 8, 1–2 pm

Digital Music Creation for Youth

Sunday, February 11, 11 am–4 pm

Play in Progress: “Noor” by Erum Khan

Tuesday, February 20 and Wednesday, February 21

Sephardic Music in the Mediterranean Soundscape

Sunday, February 25, 2–3 pm

Healing Power of Music: The Story of Musideum

Thursday, March 1, 1–2 pm

Resist/Coexist: Emerging Young Artists Exhibition

Sunday, March 4, 10 am–12 pm and Saturday, March 10, 4–6 pm

Rumi Canada: Sufi Whirling Meditation Session

Sunday, March 11, 10 am–12 pm


Saturday, March 31, 3:30–5:30 pm and Saturday, April 7, 3:30–5:30 pm

Music and Sound in the Muslim World

Wednesdays, April 11 to May 16, 6:30–8:30 pm


Our Music on Film series features a new screening each Wednesday evening — free for all to enjoy. The series demonstrates the power of music and the arts to unite people across cultural, geographic, and political borders.

When They Awake
Wednesday, January 31, 6:30 pm

Lute Electric
Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 pm

A Story of Sahel Sounds
Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 pm

The Piano in the Room
Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 pm

The Little Princes of Rajasthan
Wednesday, March 7, 6:30 pm

Village Rockstars
Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 pm

From Beneath the Earth and Beyrouth Street: Hip Hop au Liban
Wednesday, March 21, 6:30 pm

Yallah! Underground
Wednesday, March 28, 6:30 pm

The Band’s Visit
Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 pm


Toronto Star, January 26, 2018
Aga Khan Museum embraces music to express ‘intangible culture’

Toronto Guardian, January 23, 2018
Multi-Sensory Experience on now at the Aga Khan Museum

The Art Newspaper, January 19, 2018
Trippy travel and friendly felines at the Aga Khan

CBC Metro Morning, January 19, 2018
New exhibit blends art and music at Aga Khan museum

She Does the City, January 18, 2018
Our Pick of the Week: Listening to Art, Seeing Music

Toronto Guardian, January 17, 2018
Unforgettable Winter Date Ideas for 2018, January 11, 2018
10 Things to Do in Toronto this Winter

Photos by Connie Tsang


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