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Iranian Artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian Passes Away


Today, we say goodbye to the Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. Born in the Persian capital of Qazvin in 1924, the artist lived a decade in exile due to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, when most of her collection was seized and destroyed.

Photo: Nasser Haghighi, via Facebook

However, her work was internationally acclaimed while she was in the US at the time, working with artists like Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Willem de Kooning.


Known for her intricate geometric patterns and mirror mosaic techniques, Farmanfarmaian’s works incorporate modern abstraction and expressionism while reflecting on the traditional Iranian craftsmanship seen in mosques and palaces.


Farmanfarmaian’s art traveled the world and is featured in many of the world’s leading museums like Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Guggenheim in New York, and London’s Tate Modern. Following her permanent return to Iran in 2004, the country honored her with Iran’s first institution devoted to a single female artist, The Monir Museum, which opened in 2017 in Tehran.

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