May 13–Oct. 1: Explore the life of Rumi at the Aga Khan Museum

750th anniversary of poet's death marked with exhibit, art and performances

A thought-provoking exhibition explores the life and legacy of the poet known as Rumi on the 750th anniversary of his death.

Visitors are invited to the Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr., for a journey through the life and legacy of poet and mystic Jalal al-Din Muhammad Balkhi, who died in 1273 but whose transformative messages have continued to touch hearts.

Rumi’s words have become familiar to audiences all over the globe, appearing everywhere from social media to visual art. The exhibition will introduce visitors to the mystic behind the poetry, exploring his early life in Central Asia, experiences with displacement and migration, transformation into a master Sufi, and the multiple ways in which his words have and continue to impact arts and culture — from 16th-century painter Sadeqi Beg to iconic pop star Beyoncé.

The exhibition combines historical masterpieces with eye-opening contemporary artworks, including manuscripts, paintings, and artifacts from the Aga Khan Museum’s collections. It will also showcase objects from the collections of prestigious global institutions, such as the V&A, the Louvre, and the Met, alongside three art installations, commissioned by the Aga Khan Museum, by notable artists.

Along with the exhibition, visitors can enjoy many other program taking place at the museum.

General admission at the museum is $20, with discounts for kids, students and seniors.

Hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except open to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and closed on Mondays.

See the Aga Khan’s website for more information on the Rumi exhibition.


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Posted: May 6 2023 9:21 am
Filed in: THINGS TO DO
Edition: Toronto