Past Exhibition / Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Recollection: Works by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

October 27 - November 15, 2007

  • Monir -Farmanfarmaian _Golestan _2003_Four -layers -of -drawings -on -plexiglass _41x 30x 15cm

  • Monir -Farmanfarmaian _Heartache -No .5,-The -Qajar -Legacy _1994-95_Mix -media _51.5x 35.5x 5.5cm _left -angle

  • Monir -Farmanfarmaian _Heartache -No .5,-The -Qajar -Legacy _1994-95_Mix -media _51.5x 35.5x 5.5cm _Detail -1

  • Monir -Farmanfarmaian _Heartache -No .17,-Within -The -Orient _1994-95_Mixed -media _34x 60x 15cm

  • Monir -Farmanfarmaian _Qazvin _2007_Mosaic -mirrors ,-reverse -glass -painting _110x 110x 4cm

  • Monir -Farmanfarmaian _Stars _2005_Mirror ,-reverse -glass -painting -and -plaster -and -wood _90x 50x 4cm _Close -up

  • Monir -Farmanfarmaian _Triangle _2006_Mirror ,-reverse -glass -painting -and -plaster -on -wood _100x 87x 4cm

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Working in the traditional craft of reverse glass painting and mirror mosaics, a medium dominated by master mirror workers, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian quickly earned the respect of her collaborators with her innovative patterns and her pioneering approach to materials. 

Rigorously applying Islamic geometric principles such as Mizan and Tawhid (Balance and Unity), Monir manages to hover between intricate ornamentation and paired down minimalism, between the influences of Seljuk, Safavid and Qajar and of Mondrian and Vasarely. 

Throughout her long and well documented art practice, Monir has stayed true to the craft from which she draws boundless inspiration while relentlessly pursuing ground breaking methods and new geometries. Her work has created a voice that at once and with equal relevance, engages in a dialogue around traditional Iranian crafts, as well as in international contemporary art.