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Engage with the Ideas


Engage with the Ideas

Date: Published on March 24, 2020

Dive deeper into the ideas behind our exhibitions, programs, and events.


This space will be a rich trove of videos, Q&As, and interactive experiences featuring the curators and artists responsible for making the Aga Khan Museum a hub for great art, lifelong learning, and vibrant conversation.


Sanctuary Tour with Museum Curator Dr. Michael Chagnon


On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Museum Curator Dr. Michael Chagnon treated #MuseumWithoutWalls visitors to a behind-the-scenes peek at the upcoming exhibition Sanctuary.  


For the exhibition, 36 leading contemporary artists, including Mona Hatoum, Brendan Fernandes, and Ai Weiwei, each fashioned a design inspired by the theme of sanctuary. Then, artisans in Lahore, Pakistan, rendered the images into wool rugs using traditional weaving techniques.


During his real-time walk-through on Instagram Live, Chagnon delved into ideas expressed in the artists’ creations and how they relate to the world in which we live. He also delved into the hidden meanings behind the exhibition's innovative gallery design, developed in collaboration with MIT-based scholar, artist, and activist Dr. Azra Akšamija.


The exhibition is supported by Mohammad and Najla Al Zaibak (Bay Tree Foundation), Partners in Art and the Global Patrons of the Aga Khan Museum.


Go here to replay Aga Khan Museum Curator Dr. Michael Chagnon’s Instagram Live tour of Sanctuary.


Don't Ask Me Where I'm From Exhibition Tour with Co-Curator Marianne Fenton 


Follow co-curator Marianne Fenton as she shows pieces from the Aga Khan Museum exhibition Don't Ask Me Where I'm From


In this innovative collaboration between the Aga Khan Museum and the Luciano Benetton Foundation’s Imago Mundi, 15 artists from around the world navigate their blended identities and act as emissaries between the cultures they inhabit. All the artists use their chosen art forms — including painting, textiles, sculpture, conceptual art, multimedia, and calligraffiti — to visualize the complex ways an individual’s ancestral past interacts with the realities of their present and the promise of the future.


The exhibition is supported by Mohammad and Najla Al Zaibak (Bay Tree Foundation) and the Global Patrons of the Aga Khan Museum.



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