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MALIHEH AFNAN: tonight the door towards words will be open


In cooperation with Rose Issa Projects, London.

Maliheh Afnan (* 1935) is a poet of line, of earthen colors and iconic signs. In her often small-sized works, the artist creates dreamlike scenes of a perfect language; delicate parchment palimpsests touching upon the unexposed. The artist creates an écriture automatique beyond legibility. She writes her paintings – right – or left-aligned- as contemporary pictorial quotes of an Antiquity that can no longer be found in any language. Her works are hieroglyphic ruins of ancient landscapes, faces of exile; a visual poetry in the tradition of Persian and Arabic calligraphy reflecting an immense, magical beauty which resists the withdrawal of this tradition.

Maliheh Afnan’s works evoke Paul Klee’s poetic miniature works of paper and are reminiscent of the work of Mark Tobey, with whom the artist felt closely related.

A publication, Maliheh Afnan: “Tonight, the Door Towards Words Will be Opened” is published with the exhibition. Contributors include Maliheh Afnan, Lutz Becker, Eva Beierheimer & Miriam Laussegger, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Sohrab Sepehri, et al.

The exhibition at Galerie Kornfeld shows about twenty new works by the artist. The works are accompanied by a light installation by the young Viennese artist Duo Eva Beierheimer & Miriam Laussegger with poetic fragments of the Persian poet Sohrab Sepehri (1928-1980) and a motto of Shams-e Tabrizi (1185-1248).

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