Artist of the Month: Parviz Tanavoli
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Iconic works by the renowned Persian artist Parviz Tanavoli will be shown at the Opera Gallery (26 April and 9 May 2013) as part of an exhibition entitled Peace from the bottom of my art. The show’s curators Leila Varasteh and Vida Zaim describe the show as “an expression of everyone’s dream of peace, a universal subject that has been a source of inspiration for many artists.” A total of 55 Iranian artists will be featured in the show alongside Parviz including Sadegh Tabrizi, Sahand Hesamiyan, Abbas Kiarostami or Newsha Tavakolian.
Tanavoli is one of Iran’s most acclaimed artists. His sculptures have been shown in major museums and galleries around the globe. Between January and February 2013, his recent rugs collection was shown at Meem Gallery in Dubai. His rug designs not only feature the tribal and nomadic arts and culture of Iran but draw inspiration from traditional Persian literature and mythology.
From 20 April 2013, Parviz Tanavoli’s work will be also be exhibited in the first major exhibition of contemporary Arabian, Iranian and Turkish art at the UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. The exhibition, Safar/Voyage, is constructed as a journey in the company of 16 artists, each of whom is neither fixed inside the territories of the Middle East nor permanently diasporic. These artists define themselves and the world according to their own creative representations, often informed by culturally specific conditions. The exhibition will last until 15 September 2013.