Iran’s Most Prominent Artist Gets a Retrospective in Sharjah

Diving deep into the work of the late Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

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In partnership with Dublin’s Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), the Sharjah Art Foundation looks to the work of one of Iran’s most prominent artists, the late Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian.

The exhibit marks one of the biggest retrospectives of the artist. Farmanfarmaian, whose career spanned an astounding six decades, became known for her paintings, and textile designs that fused together the use of geometric patterns and cut-glass mosaic techniques from Iran, with a Western tinge of abstraction.

Monir_IMMAMonir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian exhibitThe exhibition will put more than 70 of Farmanfarmaian’s work on display, from paintings and sculptures to jewellery.

‘It has been our great pleasure to collaborate with the Museum of Modern Art in Ireland on this timely exhibition celebrating the work of one of the most important and influential artists of the last century,’ said Hoor Al Qasimi, Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation and co-curator of the show.

“Over the course of her remarkable life and career, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian has made an essential contribution to the story of 20th century modernism,” added Al Qasimi.

Monir Shahroudy Sunset SunriseIMMA MonirShahroudyFarmanfarmaian, who was born in Iran in 1924 made waves when she moved to New York City in 1957, where she found herself amongst artists like Andy Warhol and Frank Stella. Her time spent there proved to be immensely influential for Farmanfarmaian, whose work navigates between the East and the West.

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Sunrise, Sunset, October 13 – December 28, Al Hamriyah Studios, Al Hamriyah

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