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Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian Monir

Exhibits at Beirut Exhibition Center

Today she is a role model for many Iranian artists, but Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian came to the international limelight only recently, in her late seventies. Stylistically, she is the only contemporary artist of the last 40 years to use the mirror-mosaic technique with Islamic geometric pattern and reverse-glass painting to create modernist artworks. She developed this distinct style in the late 1960s and 1970s, a result of her deep emotional ties with her country and her training in New York in the early 1950s, which sharpened rather than suppressed her sense of cultural identity.


Her three installations of mirror-mosaic panels reflect the colours of the Iranian national flag, a country to which she is spiritually and aesthetically attached. The Embracing Synthesis in green, symbol of harmony, represents the three forms of action: mental, physical and verbal. The Number of Material Order in red, represents stability and the physical world, the cardinal points and the four seasons. The centrepiece in white, Birds of Paradise, represents peace, clarity, the beginning and the end.


Farmanfarmaian has never fitted any classification, any art movement, or any school of thought. Her work, free from human tragedy, sentimentality and political statements, has a recognisable universal idiom. Hers is the journey of a passionate artist who has always admired the craftsmanship and geometric visual vocabulary of her country and who, in her persistent quest for new designs, creates and reinterprets ancient forms into modern artworks.

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