Iran’s visual culture explored at MAM

 Paris  |  14 May 2014  |  AMA  |  Tweet  |  LinkedIn

The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is to present a new exhibition focusing on work by Iranian artists and their portrayal of Iran’s history. The exhibition, “Unedited History, Iran 1960-2014”, is to be on display from 16 May to 24 August 2014.

The exhibition presents around 200 works by 20 Iranian artists, ranging from the exceptionally well-known, iconic figures, to younger contemporary artists whose output demonstrates the country’s constantly evolving art scene. Artists include: Morteza Avini (1947-1993), Kaveh Golestan (1950-2003), Bahman Kiarostami (b. 1978) and Behzad Shishegaran (b. 1952), amongst others.

Taking a chronological look at the country’s heritage, the exhibition is organised sequentially, dividing the works up to represent the 1960s and 1970s; the revolutionary era of 1979; and the Iran-Iraq war and post-war period. The works on display provoke a discovery of Iran’s developing visual culture, drawing material from cinema, posters and painting. Many of the works on display have never been shown before in France.

A book, entitled Unedited History, Iran 1960-2014, is to be published to accompany the exhibition. It will include critical essays and a historical documentary material, in addition to commentaries on the works shown.

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