Bahman Mohassess

1931–2009

Bahman Mohassess, ‘Head V’ 1966
Head V 1966
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Bahman Mohassess (Persian: بهمن محصص, March 1, 1931 – July 28, 2010) was an Iranian painter, sculptor, translator, and theatre director. His oeuvre comprises paintings, sculptures and collages. Known as "the irreverent" artist, Mohasses is said to have destroyed many of his own works, and those that become available at auction are now highly sought after. Mohassess is the most prominent artist who was openly gay in Iran, which is still stigmatized. He was the subject of the Mitra Farahani film documentary, Fifi Howls from Happiness (2013).

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