In Fond Memory of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
(1923 - 2019)
Celebrated Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian passed away at her home in Tehran on April 20, 2019, aged 96.
Born in Qazvin, Iran, Monir spent over sixty years articulating her expansive creative vision through her mirrored mosaics, sculptures, and works on paper that fuse the sacred geometry of the Middle East with the reductive abstraction of high Modernism. She was one of the most important artists of her generation—in Iran, and internationally—and left an indelible mark on contemporary art.
Having first received significant attention for her work at the 1958 Venice Biennale, Monir would go on to exhibit her artwork at major institutions worldwide. Recent career highlights include a traveling career retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY and the Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal (2014-2015), as well as exhibitions of her work at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and the Grand Rapids Museum of Art (both 2018); Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA (2017); Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2016); Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, UAE (2014); Prospect 3, New Orleans, LA (2014); Sharjah Biennial 11, UAE (2013); WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium (2013); Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2010); the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland, Australia (2010); and the 29th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2009). A substantial monograph, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Cosmic Geometry, edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, was released in 2011. Monir’s work has been collected by institutions around the world, including: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; and Tate Modern, London, UK, among many others. In 2017, with the opening of the Monir Museum in Tehran, Monir became the first female artist in Iran to have a museum dedicated solely to her work.
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