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Exhibition at the Asia Society in New York: Iran Modern


6 September 2013 - 5 January 2014
Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Asia Society is organizing a landmark exhibition, Iran Modern, that will focus on Iranian art created during the three decades leading up to the revolution of 1979. Asia Society's aim is to shed light on a period when Iranian artists were engaged with the world through the Tehran Biennial in Iran as well as exhibitions overseas, and when their work was collected by institutions inside and outside of Iran. The exhibition maps the genesis of Iranian modernism in order to argue that the development of modernist art is inherently more globally interconnected than previously understood.

The first major U.S. international loan exhibition on the subject, Iran Modern comprises over 100 paintings, sculpture, photography, and works on paper by the most noteworthy Iranian artists of the 1950s to 1970s, and provides a dynamic perspective on Iran's rich culture and history for the public.


Major support for Iran Modern comes from The Julis Family Contemporary Art Initiative.

Additional support has been provided by National Endowment for the Arts; UAS Asset Management; David Rockefeller Fellowship; American Institute of Iranian Studies; Stephan Cretier and Stephany Maillery; The Soudavar Memorial Foundation; and Dedalus Foundation, Inc.

Asia Society appreciates the support for Iran Modern provided by The Iran Modern Leadership Committee: Simin and Herb Allison, and Minoo and Faraj Saghri, Co-chairs; and Leadership Committee members: Mahshid and Jamshid Ehsani, Maryam Eisler, Hart and Nancy Fessenden, Roya and Massoud Heidari, Vahid and Mahshid Noshirvani, and Kambiz and Nazgol Shahbazi.

Support for Asia Society Museum is provided by Asia Society Contemporary Art Council, Asia Society Friends of Asian Arts, Arthur Ross Foundation, Sheryl and Charles R. Kaye Endowment for Contemporary Art Exhibitions, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, National Endowment for the Humanities, Hazen Polsky Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


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