The Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin will examine Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli’s “Heech”

TEHRAN — The iconic Heech series by Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli will be examined in an online session on June 16 at the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin.

In the introduction, Stefan Weber, director of the Museum of Islamic Art, will talk about a work from the Heech series, on display at the museum since July 26, 2020, the organizers said.

In addition, Tandis Tanavoli, a film producer and daughter of the artist, and Gisela Fock, who did her doctorate on Parviz Tanavoli and has studied Iranian modernism for 25 years, will attend the session, which will be held in English. from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

It will be open to the general public on Webex webinars via the link https://spk-berlin.webex.com/spk-berlin/onstage/g.php?MTID=e7c556401527d2dd09f9b49996e01bd9e.

The Museum of Islamic Art is located in the Pergamon Museum and is part of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

“Parviz Tanavoli is one of Iran’s most outstanding living artists, whose work now spans more than six decades,” the museum said in a statement for the session.

“Venturing into the folk aesthetics of his homeland, he bridged European-style modernism, American pop art, and many other inspirations into a uniquely modern Iranian art form.

“Heech, considered by some to be his most remarkable series, symbolizes an elegantly curved nastaliq script in three dimensions.

“Since 1964, the Farsi word which translates to ‘nothingness’ has been one of Tanavoli’s central concerns, and he has used it in works of art ranging from painting to sculpture, and as an almost hidden inclusion in other works or on a large scale as stand-alone script statues.

Tanavoli is a founding member of the Saqqakhaneh school, the first modern art movement in Iran. Her practice integrates modernist aesthetics with traditional motifs, including Persian crafts and literature.

Tanavoli has exhibited his works in major art centers around the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, the Tate Modern in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Venice Biennale.

Many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna, feature his work in their collections.

Photo: A sculpture from the Heech series by Parviz Tanavoli on display at the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin.

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