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Nomadic Architecture

Still from "Disruption As Rapture", 2016
Photo: Shahzia Sikander, Courtesy of the Artist

Aga Khan Museum, Aga Khan Park & Ismaili Centre Toronto

The Aga Khan Museum, Ismaili Centre Toronto, and Aga Khan Park return to Nuit Blanche Toronto with an evening of transcendental, and free, performances, installations, and experiences.

A monumental 15-foot installation by acclaimed artist Shazia Sikander, Disruption as Rapture (2016), animates the 18th-century Gulshan-i ‘Ishq (Rose Garden of Love) manuscript, an original folio of which is in the Museum’s Permanent Collection, viewable with extended opening hours.

Under the banner of Nomadic Architecture, audiences can move throughout the site for a range of free experiences:

Sikander will give a lecture at the Ismaili Centre Social Hall at 7;

The Museum Auditorium features classical Indian music from 830-1030;

The Courtyard hosts the multi-disciplinary, immersive ANU from 11-midnight;

Galleries are open by donation until midnight;

The Ismaili Centre will offer midnight tours;

Between 8pm and 6am, a range of performances fill two yurts in the Park: Experimental avant-rock, traditional and more from artists including Doomsquad, members of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Nishtiman and Suuns; Kamancello; Cris Derksen and others; partners Raag Mala and Rumi Canada offer unique experiences including sunrise raags and a celebration of the poet Rumi’s birthday.

The Museum and the Riverside BIA have teamed up on a FREE Shuttle Bus that runs all night between Queens Park, the Broadview Hotel and the Aga Khan Museum, departing every half hour from the Museum and Broadview Hotel.

Performance Art


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Aga Khan Museum, Aga Khan Park & Ismaili Centre Toronto

77 Wynford Drive

Suitable for all ages

This project is outdoors.