There is a great art exhibition at Serralves at the moment and it will stay there until January 11, 2015, so if you’re in the neighbourhood, I definitely recommend going.
It’s called “Infinite Possibility” and it’s the first museum survey of geometric mirror works and drawings by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. The following text (in italics) I copied from the wall at Serralves at the art installation.
Born in 1924 in Qazvin, Iran, the artist who is referred to simply as “Monir”, lives and works in Tehran, having spent the post-war years in New York between 1945 and 1957, and again between 1979 and 2003, following the Iranian Revolution.
While Monir’s practice has also encompassed figurative painting, it is her distinctive approach to geometric abstraction that has been the mainstay of her art for more than 40 years. In her remarkably consistent and bold art, objective concepts of repetition and progression are merged with the visual, spatial and symbolic traditions of Islamic architecture and decoration.
The majority of works presented in the exhibition are from the artist’s collection, many of which have not previously been seen in a public context. Included are early mirror reliefs on plaster on wood that formed part of Monir’s solo exhibition at the Galerie Denise Rene in Paris and New York in 1977, and more recent three-dimensional mirror works that reveal how the compositional principles of this earlier period were translated into more volumetric sculpture. The presentation of previously unseen drawings and collages from the 1970s together with recent works on paper point to the central role of drawing as a conceptual foundation for the mirror works, and as works of art in their own right. A pair of etched glass doors created for Monir’s New York apartment in the 1980s, and the series of mirror sculptures based on the concept of the geometric “families”, produced in the last decade since re-establishing her studio in Tehran in 2004, are presented for the first time and reveal the scope as well as the impressive scale and energy of Monir’s artistic vision.
The exhibition has been organized by the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and is curated by Suzanne Cotter, Director of the Museum. It will travel tot he Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York in March 2015.