exhibition

Bavan Gallery

Nine Works of Iranian Modern Art

Hosted by: Bavan Gallery

Exhibition:

May 29, 2024 - June 2, 2024

Gallery 12

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Exhibition Information

May 29, 2024 - June 2, 2024

Gallery 12

Bavan Gallery

‘Nine Works of Iranian Modern Art’, surveys the works of nine of the most distinguished artists of Iranian modern art, who’s works are essential to both contemporary and historical understandings of the richness of Iranian culture.

The emergence of Iranian modern art in the late 1940s marked a pivotal moment in the nation's cultural landscape. Following the return of Iranian artists from European art schools, a fresh wave of artistic expression arose through the country, inspired by the fusion of Western artistic movements and Iran's rich cultural heritage. This exhibition examines the works of twelve distinguished Iranian modern artists who have shaped the contemporary and historical narratives of Iranian culture. 

At the forefront of Iranian modernism are two significant movements that emerged in the latter half of the 20th century. The Saqqakhaneh movement, deeply rooted in traditional Iranian folk culture and Shia Islam traditions, stands as a testament to the artists' ability to blend Western artistic techniques with local motifs. This fusion resulted in a dynamic form of expression that not only recognized Iran's cultural heritage but established what is largely acknowledged as the first culturally specific modernist art movement. 

Parallel to the Saqqakhaneh movement was the revival of traditional Persian calligraphy. Dating back over 1400 years, Persian calligraphy holds a central place in Iranian art and culture. Artists within the Saqqakhaneh movement recognized the artistic potential of calligraphy in a modern context, leading to the establishment of a vibrant school that continues to influence contemporary Iranian art to this day.  

In addition to these movements, a third group of Iranian modernists emerged who explored broader conceptual and stylistic currents of Western modernism. While less tethered to traditional Iranian art forms, these artists made significant contributions to the evolution of Iranian modern art, enriching the cultural landscape with their unique perspectives and approaches. 

In Nine Works of Iranian Modern Art, we survey the works of nine of the most distinguished artists of Iranian modern art, who’s works are essential to both contemporary and historical understandings of the richness of Iranian culture. 

– Curated by Takin Aghdashloo 

Opens on Tuesday May 28th by appointment only. 
 

Artists 

Aydin Aghdashloo 

Massoud Arabshahi 

Mohammad Ehsaei 

Monir Farmanfarmaian 

Sirak Melkonian 

Ali-Akbar Sadeghi 

Parviz Tanavoli 

Manoucher Yektai 

Hossein Zenderoudi 

Image: (detail) Monir Farmanfarmaian, 'Untitled', 2017, courtesy of Bavan Gallery. 

29th May - 2nd June (Tuesday: Appointments only)

 


About the Hosts

Bavan Gallery

Bavan Gallery

Bavan's artistic vision is based on new experiences in contemporary art, focusing on presenting the evolving landscape in art stemming from the growing influence of new media. Bavan aims to act as a bridge between the vibrant Iranian contemporary art and international scene. We aim to give sound to artists whose works can make creative changes in the art scene as well as market and public culture.