At Barbican Arts Centre a celebration of Iran’s vibrant contemporary art scene showcasing a diverse range of media, from painting to video, and charting the development of the most ground-breaking work of the last forty years.
SACRED BEAUTY: ISLAMIC CALLIGRAPHY | 18 March–10 June 2000
"Sacred Beauty" at Oldham Art Gallery, is about how artists have used the richness of calligraphy in their work. It shows how they turn the letter, word, line or text into more than just an instrument of meaning.
TELIZ, WOVEN PAINTINGS | 15–30 April 2000
Teliz are composed of unstitched Khorjins, mule and camel bags woven by the Lor and Bakhtiyari tribes from the south-west of Iran some 35 to 90 years ago.These redesigned carpets reflect the very creative essence and the aesthetic values of Iran's nomadic tribes.
19 June–1 July 2000
This group exhibition at Leighton House Museum introduces London to small-format works on paper by well established and upcoming artists from inside and outside Iran. The juxtapositions of historical periods, objects and characters create enigmatic works.
SHADI GHADIRIAN | 1–25 February 2000
At Guildhall University, the first exhibition in London of a young Iranian photographer who lives and works in Tehran. Ghadirian's portraits are mostly shot in her own studio and they explore women's hybrid identity as modern subjects.
SERGEI PARADJANOV | 9 June–3 July 1999
At Leighton House museum the first London exhibition of the drawings, collages, paintings and costumes of the late Armenian-Georgian film director, Sergei Paradjanov (1924-1990), lent by the Sergei Paradjanov Museum in Yerevan, Armenia.
KHOSROW HASSANZADEH: LIFE, WAR AND ART | 16 June–2 July 1999
Born in 1963 in Tehran to Azerbaijani parents, Hassanzadeh belongs to a generation that witnessed the 1979 revolution and the Iran-Iraq war. His paintings on show at Diorama Arts Centre, London, depict his family and characters from Tehran’s streets.
ROUTES | 22 January–26 March 1999
At Brunei Gallery, London, "Routes" is an exhibition of sculptures, paintings and drawings by five artists with ancestral roots in four continents, linked by their creative response to the tensions inherent in an environment where cultural spheres overlap.