The Monir Museum opens in Tehran
Public Opening: Saturday, December 16th, 2017
Negarestan Gardens, Shariatmadar Rafee St., Daneshsara St., Baharestan Sq., Tehran, Iran
Above: Monir in her salon 1975, Tehran, Bukhara (Turkoman textile) in background.
Courtesy of the artist and The Third Line, Dubai.
The opening of The Monir Museum in Tehran, Iran, is due on December 16th, 2017. Under the auspices of the University of Tehran, this will be the first museum in Iran dedicated to a woman artist. Featuring more than 50 works donated by Monir, this is the largest permanent display of her work.
The museum is housed in the historic Negarestan Museum Park Gardens, in an Old Fathali Shah—a 19th century complex of buildings which is also home to the University Museum of Iranian Art. The interiors have been completely redesigned by award-winning architect Reza Najafian.
Exhibited works include Monir’s signature reverse glass painting and mirror mosaics that incorporate elements of ancient Islamic art and geometric principles. Also on view are wall-based panels, free-standing works, drawings, original carpets and jewellery as well as works from Monir’s Heartaches—a series of sculptural boxes made of mixed collages, photographs, prints, and various object from her time in New York in the 1990s.
Monir’s works present both a detailed craft and contemporary abstraction where surface, light and colour interact. Her practice derives from an Iranian decorative form known as aineh-kari—a technique that dates back to the 16th century. This retrospective collection highlights the visual and conceptual language developed by the artist over six decades and reflects upon the different facets and materials of her prolific practice.