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Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian - Khayyam Fountain

The Iranian artist imagines the perfect city. The tower, built from repetitive geometrical crystal structures inspired by patterns from the mystical Sufism, reflects our ideas and dreams about a new society.

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The installation

Khayyam Fountain of Life

In Khayyam Fountain, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian gathers together various aspects of her visual alphabet, inspired by Sufi mysticism. The geometrical patterns are piled up as multilayer volumes to form a glass fountain. The three-, four- and even eight- or nine-sided shapes are alternately twisted and cut out into a hollow sculptural installation. Each element has its significance, such as the triangle, which can represent the human being. With four points on the circumference of a circle, you can draw a square, the angles of which point in the four cardinal directions; the sides of a pentagon can stand for the five senses and the angles of a hexagon symbolize virtues. Inspired by mirror mosaics and stained glass in ancient palaces and temples in Iran, the artist uses light and glass to create a fantastical play of refractions, with an evocation of water as a symbol of clarity and life.

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Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1924, Qazvin) is described as “one of Iran’s most inspiring and innovative artists”. Although she has lived longer in New York than in her homeland, her work is deeply rooted in Iranian culture, architecture and traditions, both formal and spiritual. His work is characterized by geometric figures and their variations, the visual play of illusion and appearance, local traditions and the simplicity and complexity of nature.

After a 20-year exile following the Islamic Revolution, Farmanfarmaian returned to Iran in 1992, where she lives and works today. With her work, she received the gold medal for the Iran Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1958. Her work is represented in the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Tate Modern, London, Tehran Museum Contemporary Art, Teheran, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah. In Wiels in Brussels her work was paired with that of Belgian artist Jef Geys in 2013. Further exhibitions in Belgium include the ones at “De 11 lijnen” Foundation Oudenburg in 2014 and Villa Empain Foundation Boghossian in 2015.

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