Geometric painting and sculpture in gallery

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian,Something Old Something New1974 © Estate of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (left). Saloua Raouda Choucair,Poem Wall 1963–5 © Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation (right)

Room 13 in In the Studio

Infinite Geometry

Poem Wall

Saloua Raouda Choucair, Poem Wall  1963–5

From the early 1960s Choucair created sculptures consisting of interlocking pieces. She was inspired by the modular structure of Sufi poetry. Individual stanzas have their own identity, while still contributing to the unity of the whole poem. Choucair thought of her works as ‘sculptural poems’. She explained: ‘I wanted rhythm like the poetic meter, to be at once more independent and interlinked, and to have lines like meanings, but plastic meanings.’ The title of this work refers to this idea of a sculptural poem.

Gallery label, June 2021

© Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation

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Shirazeh Houshiary, [no title]  1992

These images are made from the layering of words inspired by texts by 13th century Sufi poet Jalal al-Din Rumi. Houshiary has said that the repeated words represent the act of breathing. For her, inhalation and exhalation through the lungs gives a feeling of absence and presence. The prints reveal language as a living organism. The repeated round forms convey a spinning movement, reinforced by the title ‘Round Dance’. For Houshiary, these centrifugal, whirling forces are present in all nature. Round Dance connects culture to nature, and words to biology.

Gallery label, April 2021

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Saloua Raouda Choucair Poem Wall 1963–5
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Shirazeh Houshiary [no title] 1992

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