Remembering Iranian Director Abbas Kiarostami – NPR celebrates the genius of Kiarostami (an exhibitor at AKM)

Abbas Kiarostami in his installation "Doors Without Keys" at the Aga Khan Museum (Image credit: Aga Khan Museum)
No beginning, no end … just doors.

When you consider the opportunities to expand your thinking and grow as an educated global citizen, your mind needs interesting perspectives and encounters of engagement.

For this, I have to salute the Aga Khan Museum (AKM) in bringing artists, exhibits, films, lectures and everything in between – in short, for bringing works and opening our minds to possibilities.

Abbas Kiarostami in his installation "Doors Without Keys" at the Aga Khan Museum (Image credit: Aga Khan Museum)
Abbas Kiarostami in his installation “Doors Without Keys” at the Aga Khan Museum (Image credit: Aga Khan Museum)

The Aga Khan Museum, presented the the world premiere of the works of Abbas Kiarostami, Doors Without Keys – a 50 doors installation, originally photographed in Morocco, France, Iran and Italy, which ran from November 21, 2015 to March 27, 2016.

In this post, we celebrate and learn more about the genius of Abbas Kiarostami from a short and insightful piece by NPR.

NPR | REMEMBRANCES

‘He Had Many More Films To Make’: Remembering Iranian Director Abbas Kiarostami

July 9, 20168:30 AM ET
Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday

Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has a lot of fans – among them, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. He helped make Iranian filmmaking a major international force. Abbas Kiarostami died Monday (July 4) in Paris. He was 76 years old.

Cannes Film Festival: On the red carpet, Karmitz, Rin Takanashi, Abbas Kiarostami, Tadashi Okuno and Ryô Kase, prepare to watch "Like Someone in Love" (2012) by Abbas Kiarostami. (image via 20 Minutes)
Cannes Film Festival: On the red carpet, Karmitz, Rin Takanashi, Abbas Kiarostami, Tadashi Okuno and Ryô Kase, prepare to watch “Like Someone in Love” (2012) by Abbas Kiarostami. (image via 20 Minutes)

 

“… this one particular individual [Abbas Kiarostami] had a vision that was so sophisticated in terms of the formal nature of film but was also very, very personal and very, very loving in a way.

 

His films, I think, are full of love for people and for culture and for the medium.

 

He sort of opens the world of art cinema — which prior to his arrival had been really concentrated on Europe, America and also to an extent Japan — up to the whole Islamic world.”

 

– Godfrey Cheshire

 

Abbas Kiarostami in his installation "Doors Without Keys" at the Aga Khan Museum. Kiarostami, a quiet master of international cinema. (Image credit: Vince Talotta via Toronto Star)
Abbas Kiarostami in his installation “Doors Without Keys” at the Aga Khan Museum. Kiarostami, a quiet master of international cinema. (Image credit: Vince Talotta via Toronto Star)

 

Kiarostami was revered by many around the world, and he mentored and inspired two generations of filmmakers in Iran. According to friend and translator Khazeni, he always saw beyond his status.

“He had the authority of poetry, the authority of art and the authority of cinema.

 

That really truly went beyond the confines of the time and place he happened to be in Iran. He would take a small subject and by paring it down and excluding so much in that small subject, he was able to capture a truth in time and place that transcended the particularities and that was decipherable to any viewer, anywhere.

 

He had at once a grasp of his stature and a complete humility vis-à-vis what had been decreed about his work. He just worked. That was what he had to do. … And that’s what makes me so unhappy about the news of his death, because he had many more films to make.”

 

– Dorna Khazeni

 

Abbas Kiarostami in his installation "Doors Without Keys" at the Aga Khan Museum. Kiarostami prefers to live and work in Iran, saying censorship shapes the work but doesn't destroy it. (Image credit: Vince Talotta via Toronto Star)
Abbas Kiarostami in his installation “Doors Without Keys” at the Aga Khan Museum. Kiarostami prefers to live and work in Iran, saying censorship shapes the work but doesn’t destroy it. (Image credit: Vince Talotta via Toronto Star)

 

Discover, Explore and Learn more via NPR:

 

Abbas Kiarostami in his installation "Doors Without Keys" at the Aga Khan Museum. Kiarostami's exhibition features life-size photos of ancient doors. (Image credit: Vince Talotta via Toronto Star)
Abbas Kiarostami in his installation “Doors Without Keys” at the Aga Khan Museum. Kiarostami’s exhibition features life-size photos of ancient doors. (Image credit: Vince Talotta via Toronto Star)

 


Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali


 

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