Artist(s): Francis Bacon, Adrian Ghenie, Zeng Fanzhi, George Condo, Yukimasa Ida
Opening / Event Date: 2 Jun, 2022
Closing / End Date: 30 Nov, 2022
Yas Art Space in Collaboration with Pékin Fine Arts (Hong Kong) :
WORDS – An exhibition of Text-Based Art by Iranian Contemporary Artists
Curators: Yas Mostashari Chang, Nazila Nobashari
26 Nov 2021 – 5 Jan 2022
Throughout history, Iranian artists have used text and the aesthetics of particularly “Nastaliq” script to convey ideas and to raise questions. By repositioning words in playful forms and concepts, new works of art are created. These artworks are also an illustration of the unbreakable connection between ancient Persia and modern-day Iran.
The Iranian language, Farsi, with all its complexities, offers a field where the imagination of artists can run wild. It is this dimension that allows for artists to question the status quo and even challenge the well-established rules of traditional calligraphy that are sometimes religiously safeguarded by the traditionalists.
At the same time, the text is used to critique, inform and remind the population of the ailments of the society. It is this level of integrity that is a cornerstone of Iranian Art. These artworks preserve our legacy, enrich our lives and remind us that we can become better than we are.
This exhibition will showcase the evolution of techniques and mediums which began in the 1950s to the latest contemporary masterpieces.
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