– Experience the work of one of Iran’s most influential artists.
– Tanavoli to come to Toronto for a special documentary screening and book launch.
Toronto, August 17, 2016 — The Aga Khan Museum announces the installation of three sculptures from acclaimed Iranian-Canadian artist Parviz Tanavoli in the Aga Khan Park on August 22 and 23, 2016. The sculptures will be on display until April 2017 and will be open to the public as a free exhibition in the Aga Khan Park.
The three sculptures, which range in height from 9 1/2 feet to 12 1/2 feet, are Poet in Love, 2009, Bronze; Big Heech, 2014, Stainless Steel; and his most recent work, Horizontal Lovers, 2016, Bronze. This installation is particularly unique, as it will mark the first time that Horizontal Lovers has been on public display.
On September 24, 2016, the Aga Khan Museum will welcome Parviz Tanavoli for a special screening of the documentary Parviz Tanavoli: Poetry in Bronze (2014, Terrence Turner), which tells the remarkable story of Tanavoli’s journey of creation that has spanned three continents over more than half a century.
The screening is followed by a discussion with Tanavoli, the director of the film Terrence Turner and Dr. Fereshteh Daftari, curator of an upcoming exhibition on contemporary Iranian art, opening in 2017 involving Tanavoli’s work. After the talk, guests will be invited to view the sculptures on the Museum grounds. On September 25, 2016, there will also be a book launch at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, for Tanavoli’s latest book, European Women in Persian Houses.
Parviz Tanavoli is considered one of Iran’s leading artists, primarily known for his bronze sculptures that draw on the forms of calligraphy.
He is a pioneer of the Saqqakhaneh movement of the 1960s, along with Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Sadeq Tabrizi, and Masoud Arabshahi. The movement is recognized as the first school of Iranian modern art, with its associated painters and sculptors incorporating elements from Iranian folk art into their creations.
Throughout his six-decade career, Tanavoli’s work has been shown at museums around the world, including the Davis Museum in Wellesley, MA; the Tate Modern in London; Grey Art Gallery in New York City, NY; and most recently, the Teheran Museum of Contemporary Art in Teheran. In addition to his international exhibitions, Tanavoli’s works have also become part of the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York City, as well as the British Museum and the Tate Modern in London.
Tanavoli holds dual Iranian-Canadian citizenship, spending half the year in Iran and the other half in Vancouver, Canada.
The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada has been established and developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage.