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Exhibition and Panel Discussion in London: Parviz Tanavoli - Artist, Teacher and Collector

Source: Iran Heritage Foundation

Exhibition: 21st September to 29th October 2011
Lecture and Panel Discussion: 22nd September 2011


Parviz TanavoliParviz Tanavoli is one of the most influential and pioneering artists of the Middle East. An artist-fabricator, teacher and collector, he was born in 1937 and lives and works between Iran and Canada. Tanavoli is a founder member of the Saqqakhaneh School (a school of art that derives inspiration from Iranian folk art and culture), a school that has been described as a 'spiritual Pop Art' and is now considered the inspiration for progressive modern Iranian art. His key work is the calligraphic figure of Heech (Nothingness), a recurring theme in his sculptural repertory which contains reference to the human figure, evident both in the upright sculptural forms and their titles.

The exhibition at Austin/Desmond Fine Art, his first solo show in Britain since 1960, distinguishes him as one of the finest draughtsmen of his generation. The works on display feature over thirty-five pieces including ceramics, fibreglass and bronze sculptures, paired with contemporary drawings, emphasising his abiding and joyful love for Persian architecture, culture and poetry.


Parviz Tanavoli - Poet In Love

21 September - 29 October 2011
Monday - Friday 10:30 - 17:30
Saturdays 11:00 - 14:30

Austin/Desmond Fine Art
Pied Bull Yard
68/69 Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3BN

Lecture and Panel Discussion

In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be a lecture and panel discussion by Parviz Tanavoli with a most distinguished panel as follows:

  • David Galloway - Art Critic and Independent Curator, former Chief Curator of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Jessica Morgan - The Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art, Tate Gallery
  • Venetia Porter - Curator Department of the Middle East, British Museum

Thursday 22nd September 18:45

BP Lecture Theatre
British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG


FREE - limited places

For Panel Discussion on 22nd September RSVP is essential to

Organised by

Austin/Desmond Fine Art, The British Museum, and the Iran Heritage Foundation


Setareh Meshkati
Tel: +44 (0)20 7242 4443

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