The Moon: A Voyage Through Time
Mar 09, 2019 - Aug 18, 2019

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human steps on the moon by discovering the wonder, knowledge, and beauty the moon has inspired through the ages.

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. Interactive devices, displays, and installations invite us to observe and imagine the moon in new ways.



The moon has inspired people the world over to create art, form beliefs, and strive for scientific understanding for thousands of years. Spanning pre-Islamic times to the present day, and delving into the arts, literature, and music, The Moon: A Voyage Through Time brings together important miniature paintings, scientific instruments, Islamic manuscripts, and contemporary works of art to illustrate the wonder at the moon that is shared among cultures.



Click here for a Virtual Reality exploration of the gallery


A highlight of the exhibition is Moon, a giant sculpture connecting the Museum’s first and second floors. Created by contemporary British artist Luke Jerram, the internally illuminated replica moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, includes a sound composition by BAFTA-winning composer Dan Jones, and measures five metres in diameter – to get an idea of scale, it would take 40 people standing shoulder to shoulder to circle the sculpture. “Jerram’s Moon looks ethereal – and almost hyperreal,” says Fast Company.



Pieces by contemporary artists and masterworks from the Aga Khan Museum are joined by loans from many prestigious international institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; Columbia University Libraries, New York City; Farjam Foundation, London; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge; Morgan Library and Museum, New York City; Museum of the History of Science, Oxford; National Museum of World Culture, Amsterdam; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and Wereldmuseum (World Museum), Rotterdam.

In the News

The Star, March 3, 2019
This week in Toronto: The moon comes out at the Aga Khan Museum

Radio Canada, March 7, 2019
L'exposition «The Moon : A Voyage Through Time», au Musée de l'Aga Khan

Curiosity, March 8, 2019
See The Moon Up Close At The New Aga Khan Exhibit

BlogTO, March 8, 2019
The Moon just landed in Toronto

Canindia, March 8, 2019
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CBC News, March 9, 2019
'Enchanting orb' as part of new exhibit on moon draws visitors to Toronto museum

Radio-Canada, March 9, 2019
La lune dans la culture musulmane au coeur d’une exposition

Daily Hive, March 11, 2019 
Massive moon sculpture unveiled in Toronto this weekend

Toronto Guardian, March 11, 2019
Get closer to the Moon more than ever before at the Aga Khan Museum

Ismailimail.Blog, March 11, 2019
Aga Khan Museum’s The Moon: A Voyage Through Time looks at Role of Moon in Islamic World

Breakfast Television, March 18, 2019
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Breakfast Television, March 18, 2019
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Breakfast Television, March 18, 2019
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Breakfast Television, March 18, 2019
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Bynoe On Arts, March 18, 2019
Fantastic Moon Voyage

Camões TV, March 25, 2019
Aga Khan Museum - The Moon: A Voyage Through Time



Guest Curator: Dr. Christiane Gruber, Professor of Islamic Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Curator: Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis, Director of Collections and Public Programs, Aga Khan Museum


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