Iran Modern is the first major museum exhibition mounted with loans from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East to focus on Iran’s dynamic modern art scene. The exhibition spans the three decades prior to the 1979 Revolution, a period of great economic, political, and societal change in the country. By the mid-1970s Tehran, its capital city, had become an important cosmopolitan destination. Artists found new patronage especially from the government for exhibitions and festivals, such as the annual Shiraz Arts Festival, and the creation of new museums such as the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, which was actively acquiring both Iranian and international art for its collection.
The exhibition is organized thematically across two floors to highlight the broad range of styles developed during this productive period. It is not a comprehensive overview but instead the works in the exhibition serve as key examples of the pluralism and innovative spirit of the time. The exhibition begins on the second floor by introducing artists associated with the Saqqakhaneh movement, the first culturally specific modernist group of note whose works were influenced as much by Shi'ite folk art, as by pre-Islamic art and international formal strategies. The exhibition also includes sections focusing on Abstraction, Calligraphy, and Politics. Within each section, monographic highlights will allow select artists’ work to be seen in greater depth. On the third floor a timeline and a selection of ephemera from the period provide greater context for the works on view.
Through the presentation of over one hundred works by 26 artists, the exhibition chronicles the conversation between tradition and modernity and puts forward the idea of modernism as a globally interconnected phenomenon. Iran Modern illuminates an overlooked time of artistic creation that continues to resonate with contemporary artists working both inside and outside Iran.
The guest co-curators of this exhibition are Fereshteh Daftari and Layla S. Diba.
Asia Society, New York
Through January 5, 204
Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800
Beginning in the sixteenth century, the golden age of European exploration in search of spice routes to the east brought about the flowering of an abundant textile trade. Textiles often acted as direct currency for spices, as well as other luxury goods. Textiles and textile designs made their way throughout the globe, from India and Asia to Europe, between India and Asia and Southeast Asia, from Europe to the east, and eventually west to the American colonies. Trade textiles blended the traditional designs, skills, and tastes of all of the cultures that produced them, resulting in objects that are both beautiful and historically fascinating. The exhibition will include works from across the Museum's collection?augmented by a few international loans?in order to make worldwide visual connections, and will highlight an important design story that has never been told from a truly global perspective.
September 16, 2013-January 5, 2014
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
Islamic masterworks from Kuwait?s renowned al-Sabah Collection come to the MFAH as part of a long-term collaboration with the cultural institution Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah (DAI). The privately held al-Sabah Collection is one of the greatest collections of Islamic art in the world, and the partnership initiates a historic exchange of objects, staff, and expertise.
Among the highlights showcased in this display are spectacular Mughal jewelry, illuminated manuscripts, exquisite ceramics, and intricately decorated ceiling panels. More than 60 examples from the 8th to 18th centuries are on view, made in the Iberian Peninsula, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. The collection also includes carpets, glass and metalwork, paintings, architectural fragments, scientific instruments, and works on paper.
through Jan 26, 2014
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Between Princely India and the British Raj: The Photography of Raja Deen Dayal
Between Princely India and the British Raj is the first major North American exhibition on path breaking and prolific lensman Raja Deen Dayal (1844-1905), whose meticulous work captured a historical moment of great transition in what is present-day India. The exhibit brings together over 100 works of art, culled from three major collections in North America and India, including the ROM*s collection of large, leather-bound photo albums produced by the firm Raja Deen Dayal & Sons. Over the course of Dayal*s remarkable career, he ran three successful studios, had over fifty staff photographers and assistants, and produced more than 30,000 images. The works on view here were produced at the intersection of princely states, the British Raj, and an emerging international cosmopolitanism. Together, they demonstrate the unique trajectory of photography in India as well as its inseparability from a larger world history of photography. Curated by Deepali Dewan and Deborah Hutton.
Royal Ontario Museum ,Toronto
Through January 12, 2014
Longing for Mecca - The Pilgrim's Journey
This autumn, a unique exhibition about the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, opens at the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden. Magnificent objects, personal stories and in-depth reports will present a comprehensive picture of this impressive pilgrimage, in which millions of people from all over the world take part each
year. The exhibition is a collaboration with the British Museum in London. This will be the first ever exhibition of this magnitude about the Hajj to be held
in the Netherlands.
Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden (Netherlands)
From September 10, 2013
Egyptian Film Poster Designers and the Print Shops of Hassan Mazhar Gassour & Sayed Ali Ibrahim al-Nasr
Historical studies of the "golden age" of the Egyptian film industry, from the 1940s to the mid-1960s, have paid little attention to the colorful posters that advertised those films and the people who designed them. This exhibition highlights the artistic style, variation, and evolution of the artwork created by what became, by 1960, the most prominent film poster printing houses in Cairo. The dozens of posters and lobby cards on display, produced from the 1940s through the 1990s, are drawn from Princeton's extensive Arabic Movie Posters and Lobby Cards Collection, acquired in Lebanon in 2008.
Main Gallery, Firestone Library
September 21, 2013 - February 02, 2014
Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Artists
Echoes juxtaposes historical objects and architecture from the Nelson-Atkins collections with works by contemporary artists that employ traditional Islamic styles, materials and subject matter as their source. Framed beneath the Museum's stunning 17th century Persian mosaic arch, visitors will see how contemporary artists are drawing upon their cultural and visual past to explore personal, political, and aesthetic concerns.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
August 31, 2013 – April 27, 2014
V&A DISPLAY: SILVER FROM THE MALAY WORLD
The V&A is staging a small display to explore the rich traditions of Malay silver by focusing on a selection of notable pieces acquired by Richard James Wilkinson, Richard
Olaf Winstedt and Cecil Wray, who served as colonial administrators in
Malaysia and Singapore at the turn of the 20th century. This display is noteworthy as the V&A’s first presentation of Islamic design from South-East Asia. The silver on display includes ceremonial regalia, dining vessels, equipment for betel chewing and clothing accessories. Some elaborate pieces were for rituals that mark rites of passage such as birth and marriage. Some bear inscriptions identifying their former royal
ownership. It also shows the V&A's first ever acquisition of Malay metalwork: electrotype copies of the Perak royal regalia commissioned by the Museum in 1887.
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
From 15 July 2013 - 16 March 2014
The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi
A large-scale site-specific work of art by Imran Qureshi (b. 1972, Hyderabad, Pakistan)—an artist known for his unique style of combining the motifs, symbolism, and ornamental techniques of Islamic art with modern conceptual approaches—is the 2013 installation on The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, opening May 14. Entitled The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi, the project represents the artist’s emotional response to violence occurring across the globe in recent decades and his earnest hope for regeneration and lasting peace in the aftermath of man-made disasters. Using the nearly 8,000-square-foot open-air space as his canvas, Qureshi has worked areas of his spilled and splattered red acrylic paint into patterns of lush ornamental leaves that evoke the luxuriant walled gardens that are ubiquitous in miniatures of the Mughal court; they also echo the spectacular verdant foliage of Central Park surrounding the Roof Garden today. Qureshi is the first artist to create a work that will be painted directly onto the Roof’s surface, and visitors will be encouraged to walk on it as they view it.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through November 14, 2013
Clothing, Culture & Context in South Asia: Selections from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection
A turquoise and coral encrusted headdress worn by Ladakhi women. Plain-woven khadi (hand-woven cloth using hand-spun yarn), simple in appearance but complex in political meaning. These represent the vibrant and symbolic textiles that will be on display in Clothing, Culture & Context in South Asia from September 8 ? October 20, 2013 with an opening reception September 6 from 5-7pm. Clothing, Culture & Context in South Asia will explore the intricate, intimate connections between clothing and culture on the Indian subcontinent. Textiles and apparel from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection (HLATC) illuminate how the threads of craft, aesthetics, ethnicity, religion, gender, and politics weave together to create a complex cultural portrait of the region. This exhibition celebrates the complexity of the cultural contexts of these textiles, as well as their creators, and wearers.
September 8 - October 20, 2013
The University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Khayamiya: Khedival to Contemporary (The Egyptian Tentmakers, 1890-2010)
Khayamiya' is Egyptian Tentmaker Applique. The touring exhibition “Khayamiya: Khedival to Contemporary” is part of an international project to recognize the living heritage of the Egyptian Tentmakers. Dr Sam Bowker, an Art Historian at Charles Sturt University, is one of several Australians supporting this collaborative project. His research seeks to reveal the art history of Khayamiya from the late Ottoman Empire to the present day.
Visitors will see how the Tentmakers found new audiences as Egyptian society changed between 1890 and 2010. Dramatic suspended tent panels, some covering entire walls, contrast with charming Egyptian textile souvenirs from the 1930s. A preview of the documentary by Kim Beamish, “The Tentmakers of Chareh el-Khiamiah” (to be launched in 2014) will also be featured.
HR Gallop Gallery, Wagga Wagga, Australia, between August 26
Through September 12