On the 22nd September the British Museum in association with the Iran Heritage Foundation held a panel discussion with the pioneering Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli to coincide with the artist’s exhibition at the Austin Desmond Gallery.
Also present on the panel were; David Galloway- former Chief Curator of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Jessica Morgan- Daskalopoulos Curator of International Art at Tate London, and Venetia Porter- Curator of the Middle Eastern Department at the BM.
Tanavoli was unfortunately restricted to just half an hour in which he presented a run-through of his work from the late 1950s up to today. The presentation was accompanied by a wonderful slideshow of images depicting his work in various media including bronze, ceramics, collages, carpets as well as paintings. Special attention was paid to the most important influences in Tanavoli’s career; the story of Shirin and Farhad, saqqakhaneh, Iranian metalwork and the creation of perhaps his most well known subject matter, the heech.
Tanavoli’s humorous presentation was well received and left a great many wanting more!