Abol Atighetchi’s unpublished works on show at Oblong Contemporary Dubai
Abol Atighetchi’s unpublished works on show at Oblong Contemporary Dubai
May 1, 2022
About the art of Iranian Illumination.
About the art of Iranian Illumination.
May 3, 2022

Installation view of Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians—The Mohammed Afkhami Collection on view at Asia Society Museum, September 10, 2021 through May 8, 2022. Shirin Aliabadi, “Miss Hybrid 3” (2008) (Courtesy Mohammed Afkhami Foundation. Photograph © Bruce M. White, 2021, courtesy of Asia Society) Exhibitions that are aesthetically compelling and rich in content are a rare treat. Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians presents 23 artists from the collection of Mohammed Afkhami, a Swiss-born Iranian financier and philanthropist based between Dubai, Switzerland, and London. Curated by Fereshteh Daftari, the exhibition was originally hosted by the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, and then traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, before being installed at the Asia Society in New York, where it is currently on view. Afkhami’s collection was essentially born out of nostalgia, a longing for a motherland he never got to know intimately. Though he spent most of his childhood in Iran, his mother left the country with him after losing the family’s fortune in the 1979 Islamic revolution. Driven by an aspiration to fight the ubiquitous Western perception of Iran as a hostile war zone, Afkhami began collecting artworks by Iranian artists to highlight […]

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