Artist
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian 1924 – 2019
Medium
Acrylic sheet and mirrored glass
Dimensions
Object: 881 × 590 × 297 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 2017
Reference
T14972

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In Pentagon, Farmanfarmaian is inspired by traditional Persian mirror-mosaic work (ayneh-kari) found in architectural spaces, primarily shrines. Symmetry and repetition and the principles of mystical geometry are central to her practice. Her work blurs the lines between craft, art and everyday life set by modern art history. She writes: ‘Mirror works … do not belong only to museums or the rich … they are part of our living artistic experience and they each have an ancient history behind them. But mirrors speak to contemporary human beings as well.’ Iran’s architectural traditions influence Farmanfarmaian’s work. However, her years of living and travelling abroad also bring a global approach to her artistic techniques.

Gallery label, June 2021

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