Cul­ture

New ex­hibits ex­plore past so­ci­eties and chang­ing per­spec­tives

Where Toronto - - CONTENTS -

Ex­pe­ri­ence the his­tory of the Vik­ings and the Fa­timids. Plus: Yayoi Kusama’s In­fin­ity Mir­rors.

Vik­ings: The Ex­hi­bi­tion

To Apr. 2 The Norse sea­far­ers known as Vik­ings are com­monly per­ceived as vil­lage-raid­ing sav­ages clad in horned hel­mets, but their real his­tory is much more com­plex. This ex­hibit shat­ters myths and stereo­types, ex­am­ines the real his­tory of vik­ings in Canada, and of­fers a con­tem­po­rary look at their lives as ex­plor­ers, ar­ti­sans and farm­ers. Hun­dreds of ob­jects rarely seen out­side of Scan­di­navia are on dis­play along­side in­ter­ac­tive and im­mer­sive dis­plays. Royal On­tario Mu­seum, 100 Queen’s Park, rom.on.ca

The World of the Fa­timids

Mar. 10 to July 2 The Fa­timids over­saw a po­lit­i­cal and re­li­gious dy­nasty for much of the 10th and 11th cen­turies. Their em­pire, span­ning North Africa to the Middle East, made stag­ger­ing con­tri­bu­tions to arts and science, in­clud­ing the world’s old­est univer­sity and one of his­tory’s great­est li­braries. This is the first ex­hibit of its kind in North Amer­ica, fea­tur­ing care­fully se­lected mar­ble re­liefs and lux­ury ob­jects such as rock crys­tal, ivory, lus­ter­ware and met­al­ware. Aga Khan Mu­seum, 77 Wyn­ford Dr., agakhan­mu­seum.org

The Song of the Ger­mans

To May 13 Nige­rian-born artist Emeka Og­boh ex­plores how changes in the ev­ery­day sounds of a city— con­struc­tion work, gen­er­a­tors, street hawk­ers—can trans­form the makeup of a space and con­trib­ute to a so­ci­ety’s nar­ra­tive. The Song of the Ger­mans fea­tures the voices of African im­mi­grants singing the Ger­man national an­them in a va­ri­ety of mother tongues, in­clud­ing Igbo, Yoruba and Bamoun, each pro­jected through an in­di­vid­ual speaker in an in­stal­la­tion specif­i­cally de­signed by Og­boh. The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay W., the­p­ow­er­plant.org

Yayoi Kusama: In­fin­ity Mir­rors

Mar. 3 to May 27 To step in­side one of Yayoi Kusama’s In­fin­ity Rooms is to be trans­ported. Through a mix­ture of mir­rors and light, the Ja­panese artist cre­ates works that are both mind bend­ing and med­i­ta­tive. This ex­hibit fea­tures six such rooms, along with a se­lec­tion of work from the leg­endary artist’s ex­pan­sive ca­reer, in­clud­ing paint­ings, draw­ings, sculp­tures and posters. Art Gallery of On­tario, 317 Dun­das St. W., ago.ca

Build­ing Toronto: Sto­ries of the St. Lawrence Neigh­bour­hood

To Feb. 24 This trav­el­ling ex­hibit looks at the ur­ban de­vel­op­ment and civic en­gage­ment of Toronto’s ori­gins as the Town of York, and puts into per­spec­tive how the St. Lawrence area—the city’s first planned neigh­bour­hood— helped cre­ate the com­mer­cial, cul­tural and po­lit­i­cal land­scape that came after it. Mar­ket Gallery, St. Lawrence Mar­ket, 95 Front St. E.; ad­di­tional lo­ca­tions, toronto.ca/mar­ket­gallery

Yayoi Kusama: In­fin­ity Mir­rors

Vik­ings: The Ex­hi­bi­tion

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