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Wim Delvoye to Stage Historic Show at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art has revealed that, this coming March, its entire exhibition space will be devoted to a solo show by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye, according to Tim Cornwell in the Art Newspaper. Organized by Vida Zaim and Leila Varasteh, the show will be the first time that the institution is devoting its entire space, comprising nine galleries and outdoor space, to a non-Iranian artist. The art is being carefully selected so as not to infringe on any cultural sensibilities, according to Cornwell, who notes that Delvoye has spent the past several years restoring a former palace and school in Iran. According to Cornwell, Delvoye said it was “surprisingly easy” to work with the museum, adding, “They are very professional; they are easier to work with than the Louvre” —where the Belgian artist staged a show in 2012.

The show will highlight work from throughout his oeuvre, and also include new metalwork pieces by artisans from the Iranian city of Isfahan. Delvoye, however, has opted to avoid displaying his trademark pigskin work, as well as a piece from his Rorschach sculpture series that includes bare shoulders.

The announcement comes on the heels of recent news that the museum would be collaborating with Berlin’s state museums, and that Tehran museum officials have even been in talks with the Hirshhorn about the possibility of staging a loan.