Parviz Tanavoli

Cage, cage, cage

1966 (repaired 2009)

Artist
Parviz Tanavoli born 1937
Medium
Wood, metal, feather, glass, plastic, paint and light
Dimensions
Object: 1095 x 712 x 225 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by Maryam and Edward Eisler 2012
Reference
T13685

Not on display

Display caption

This work was made after Tanavoli returned to Iran from America, where he was greatly inspired by pop art. The bird inside or outside the cage can be interpreted in various ways, as a political metaphor or a literal representation of the Iranian custom of placing birds in small cages throughout bazaars, creating a pleasant atmosphere in a hectic market place. Tanavoli’s work explores mass consumer culture in the specific context of Iran, something that other artists in the country had not previously addressed.

Gallery label, February 2016

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