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Aga Khan Museum exhibit features giant moon sculpture 2019-03-24

Sunday, 2019, March 24

Aga Khan Museum

The moon is featured at Aga Khan Museum in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo lunar landing. - Aga Khan Museum image
Jessica Bloom

April highlights include jazz sextet, standup comedy, qawwali performance

This April, the Aga Khan Museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing with The Moon: A Voyage Through Time. The exhibition, which runs until Aug. 18, explores the moon’s influence on faith, science and the arts across the Muslim world and beyond.

A must-see highlight of the exhibition is contemporary British artist Luke Jerram’s giant sculpture, Moon. Spanning two floors of the museum, the internally illuminated orb features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. An accompanying sound composition by Dan Jones — a composer who has won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award (BAFTA) — adds to Moon’s otherworldly experience.

Underneath this sculpture, the poetry and spoken-word series MoonVerse will host a diverse range of artists. It takes place every Wednesday in April, and it’s free to attend. Other related programming includes a talk about the moon’s role in Islamic astronomy and a one-day celestial jewelry workshop.

Tickets are also available for a night of jazz with sextet Two Rivers (April 6), Zahra Noorbakhsh’s standup comedy (April 12 and 14), a live taping of the podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim (April 13) and a qawwali performance by Pakistan’s acclaimed Hamza Akram Qawwal and Brothers (April 19).

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