10†August - 2 December†2018 Main Galleries, East Wing
Monir Farmanfarmaian in her studio working on Heptagon Star, Tehran, 1975. Image courtesy of the artist and The Third Line, Dubai.
IMMA presents the work of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, one of todayís most prominent contemporary Iranian artists and a key figure of the New York art scene during the 1960s and 70s. Sunset, Sunrise is a poetic and spiritual exhibition, drawing on the diversity of Monirís practice over a period of 40 years. It focuses on her large-scale mirrored sculptures, colourful collages, and works on paper, as well as incorporating the poetry, music, fashion, and interiors that she influenced and was influenced by. The exhibition draws attention to this under-recognised female artist, now in her early 90s, who has been a pioneer in merging traditional Persian techniques with contemporary abstraction. This dynamic exhibition moves across geometry, architecture and minimalism, to folklore, spiritualism and the poetry of the universe. Sunset, Sunrise marks the first time Monirís work will be shown in Ireland.
Sunset, Sunrise is organised by IMMA, in collaboration with Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates. The exhibition travels to Sharjah Art Foundation in 2019.
Wednesday - Sunday: €8/5 Tuesday: Free
Always free for†IMMA Members, full-time students†and under 18ís.
Online booking will open in January 2018.
About the Artist
Born in Qazvin, Iran in 1924, Monirís distinguished career has spanned more than ﬁve decades. The artist attended the Fine Arts College of Tehran before becoming one of the ﬁrst Iranian students to study in the United States after World War II. She graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1949 and then became a Member of the New York Art Students' League (1950-53). Engulfed in the epicenter of the modern art world, it was here that she worked alongside many iconic contemporary American artists including Jackson Pollock, Frank Stella, Louise Nevelson and Andy Warhol, all who had an inﬂuence on her work.†
Monir has exhibited extensively in international institutions in Iran, North America and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions include a traveling retrospective, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Inﬁnite Possibilities at the FundaÁ„o de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2014), and to Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, 2015; Lineages, Savannah College of Art and Design Museum (2017); Monir Farmanfarmaian: Inﬁnite Geometry, The Third Line, Dubai (2016); Jef Geys/Monir Farmanfarmaian, WIELS, Brussels (2013); Convertibles and Polygons, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA (2012); Geometry of Hope, Leighton House Museum, London, UK (2008); Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Mirror Mosaics, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK (2007). Her work has been included in several prominent group exhibitions including DECOR, Villa Empain, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium (2016); Sharjah Biennial 11 (2015); Seeing Through Light, The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection Opening exhibition, Manarat al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2015); Iran Modern at Asia Art Society, New York, USA (2013); Trade Routes, Hauser & Wirth, London, UK (2013); Contemporary Iranian Art from the Permanent Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2012); The Future of Tradition, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2010).
She has participated in four editions of the Venice Biennale, where she was awarded the Gold Medal in 1958, 1964 and 1966. She also participated in the 6th Asia Paciﬁc Triennial at Queensland Art Gallery, Australia. Monirís work is housed in several major public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Guggenheim, New York; The Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museumís Jameel Collection, London; The Queensland Art Gallery, Australia; The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran; Swisscorp Bank, Geneva, Switzerland, The Sharjah Art Foundation; and the School of Law at Columbia University, America. Monir lives and works in Tehran.