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IMMA is delighted to present Sunset, Sunrise, a retrospective exhibition of works by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. With a career spanning more than six decades, Farmanfarmaian is one of the most prominent contemporary Iranian artists working today.

Farmanfarmaian was born in Qazvin, Iran in 1924. Between 1945 and 1957, she spent her formative years amidst the New York art scene, a time marked by friendships with fellow artists such as Frank Stella and Andy Warhol, before returning to Iran. Exiled following the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Farmanfarmaian returned once again to her native Iran and has been firmly re-established there since 2004. Farmanfarmaian is considered to be one of the most important Iranian artists working today.

Sunset, Sunrise reflects a life lived between two cultures, across histories of East and West. It investigates the abundance and mystery of nature, the universe and our place within it. More than seventy artworks are on display ranging from painting, sculpture, jewellery and tapestry to collages and works on paper. There are previously unseen drawings such as Untitled 4 (2017) and Untitled (2012) together with her signature mirrored pieces. Often kaleidoscopic with rich geometric and architectural forms, these works encapsulate Farmanfarmaian’s ability to merge traditional Persian techniques with contemporary Western abstraction.

The title, Sunset, Sunrise invokes the sky that both separates and connects the East and West; a moment of dawn and dusk that captures the elusive, emotive quality of life. Two key pieces, Sunset (2015) and Sunrise (2015), mark the beginning and close of the exhibition, and this poetic reflection between nature and the human heart is at play throughout Farmanfarmaian’s practice.

As one of the great female artistic pioneers, Farmanfarmaian can be set alongside 20th century innovators such as Etel Adnan, Carol Rama and Hilma af Klint, all of whom have been rediscovered for their vital contributions to the development of contemporary art, and been represented within exhibitions at IMMA in recent years.

“The Irish and the Iranians share a love of poetry in their cultures. My poetry is in my art, and I am honoured to share it in this IMMA exhibition” Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

This is the first time Farmanfarmaian’s work has been shown in Ireland. Sunset, Sunrise is organised by IMMA, in collaboration with Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates. The exhibition travels to Sharjah Art Foundation in 2019.

A major publication accompanies this exhibition, featuring contributions from Rahel Aima, Hoor Al Qasimi, Tina Kinsella, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Rachel Thomas, Murtaza Vali, together with poetry by Michael Davitt, Rumi and Sohrab Sepehri. The catalogue is co-published by IMMA and Sharjah Art Foundation. Available to purchase from the IMMA Shop.

A new Limited Edition print of the work of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, titled Sunrise, 2018, has been created on the occasion of this exhibition and is available to purchase at the IMMA Shop. This 2018 edition is created from the original work Sunrise, 2015 and is produced in a limited edition of 100.

Members can avail of a 20% discount on Editions, and free entry to the exhibition for themselves and a guest. Join today


About the Artist

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian b.1924

Born in Qazvin, Iran in 1924, Monir’s distinguished career has spanned more than six decades. The artist attended the Fine Arts College of Tehran before becoming one of the first Iranian students to study in the United States after World War II. She graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1949 and then became a Member of the New York Art Students' League (1950-53). — View Artist »

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Walkthrough Monir at IMMA with curator Rachel Thomas

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IMMA Editions Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Sunrise 2018 €400 Edition of 100 plus 25 Artist’s proofs. Archival pigment giclée on Hahnemühle Archival Fine Art paper. The is edition plated on the back with a digital signature of the artist's fingerprint. A certificate of authentication also accompanies the edition. View Product

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