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  • “Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Sunset, Sunrise”

    Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
    Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham
    August 10 - November 25

    Curated by Rachael Thomas

    As the sculptor Siah Armajani has noted, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian was the first Iranian artist of her generation to use cut-glass mosaics as a medium, as art without religious function. Farmanfarmaian was born to a family of ayatollahs, merchants, and Ottoman aristocrats. She studied painting and sculpture in Tehran and had wanted to move to Paris but ended up in New York via Bombay in the 1940s. She fell in with a crowd of artists. She made a disco ball for Andy Warhol. She returned to Iran in 1957 and apprenticed herself to local craftspeople. She experimented with strict geometries but also with the forms of flowers and waves. In 2014, after four decades of work, she was given her first museum retrospective, and now she has had many. “Sunset, Sunrise” is poised to be among her most expansive. It will feature seventy works from her entire career—some never shown before—emphasizing her connection to nature and appreciation for folklore while celebrating her love of glitz, glitter, sequins, crystals, and pearls. Travels to the Sharjah Art Foundation, 2019.