Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Infinite Geometry

January 5 - 30, 2016

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Hexagon (Second Family), 2015, Felt tip marker and pen on paper, 70 x 100 cm


The Third Line is delighted to announce the opening of its new gallery space in Alserkal Avenue, with the inaugural exhibition focusing on a solo presentation by Iranian nonagenarian Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. The exhibition will reflect upon the different facets and materials of her geometric practice and will feature a range of drawings, carpets, and mirror works, showing the depth of her conceptual consideration throughout her career and medium. While many of the drawings and mirror works are new and only produced in the last few years, the presentation also includes drawings and carpets that were made in the early 90s, all of which have never been shown before.

BOOK - MONIR: Works on Paper | Author: Etel Adnan, Frank Stella, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian; Edited by Karen Marta

This intimate book of drawings, interwoven with an extended interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Monir Farmanfarmaian, Etel Adnan, and Frank Stella, tells the story behind these painstakingly crafted works on paper that play a central role in the artist’s principles of repetition and progression. With the support of the LUMA Foundation and published on the occasion of the exhibition,Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Infinite Possibility at the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York (13 March – 3 June 2015), this publication is a snapshot of a fascinating and highly important facet of the artist’s work.

Limited copies of the book will be available for sale at The Third Line bookstore.

Press Release

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Frieze New York 2015

May 14 - 17, 2015

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Untitled, 2012, Felt marker, color pencil and mirror on paper, 70x 100 cm

Group Presentation

Frieze London 2013

October 17 - 20, 2013

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Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Monir Farmanfarmaian 2004-2013

March 18 - April 19, 2013

1 main view

The Third Line is proud to present a survey exhibition of Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian that reflects upon the past decade of her remarkable artistic journey. Showcasing works from 2004 until now – including those being displayed for the first time – the exhibition highlights Monir’s stellar career as a pioneer in contemporary Iranian art.

Mapping a chronological trajectory through the different series of works that Monir completed over the past nine years, the exhibition follows the evolution of her signature styleaineh-kari mirror mosaics and her investigation into divine cosmology. The principal theme in her art practice of correlating mysticism with numerology, Islamic geometry and architecture remains a quintessential feature within this exhibit.

Through wall based panels and free standing works, Monir presents a masterful balance of meticulous craft and contemporary abstraction that utilizes an interaction of surface texture, light and reflection, colour and form. She also delves into media such as drawings in felt marker and pen and ink, layering works of coloured lines to trace structures of nomadic tents, minarets and models of architectural sculptures. Employing techniques from her Iranian heritage that date back to the sixteenth century, Monir chooses to return to the origins of abstraction and theology, and moves beyond the craft to present a modern interpretation of both the medium and the content.

Monir strives for perfection in her intricate drawings and kaleidoscopic mirror mosaics, which is highlighted in her impressive career that spans over 60 years. From early beginnings in Iran, and a later period in New York where she was a contemporary of Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Frank Stella, Monir began to tie the two dichotomies of her influences - arriving at modern abstraction in form through the use of Islamic geometry found in Iranian architecture. The resulting work has been an unconventional marriage between the deeply traditional and the genuinely avant-garde, placing her in a league of her own.

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian


January 27 – March 03, 2011


Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian opens the new season with a solo exhibition of new mirror mosaic works. This new series continues to explore the variable arrangement of geometric figures, this time with an emphasis on the physical movement of the shapes.

In her latest series, aptly titled Convertibles, her ornate works elevate this interplay to another level, creating formations that physically can be arranged in multiple variations. With the detailed intricacies of the cut mirror and her acute sense of modern aesthetics, Farmanfarmaian creates three-dimensional sculptures that challenge the basis of contemporary compositions. In her new work duplicating the selected figure either side by side, or facing each other, yet always connected, she creates a series of geometrical formations resulting in a number of kaleidoscopic variations

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian


February 10 - February 26, 2009

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This latest collection of sculpture and drawing by Farmanfarmaian demonstrates the journey of a person exploring the geometry, craftsmanship and aesthetics of her country, with the addition of a modern, fine art element. 

Her work brings together the as created a unique dialogue that engages traditional Iranian crafts as well as international contemporary art, coercing her audience to observe an old beauty with an avant-garde appreciation.Intricate ornamentation of Iranian architecture with the pared-down aesthetic of modern abstract expressionism and minimalism in colourful, geometric motifs.

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Recollection: Works by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

October 27 - November 15, 2007

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Working in the traditional craft of reverse glass painting and mirror mosaics, a medium dominated by master mirror workers, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian quickly earned the respect of her collaborators with her innovative patterns and her pioneering approach to materials. 

Rigorously applying Islamic geometric principles such as Mizan and Tawhid (Balance and Unity), Monir manages to hover between intricate ornamentation and paired down minimalism, between the influences of Seljuk, Safavid and Qajar and of Mondrian and Vasarely. 

Throughout her long and well documented art practice, Monir has stayed true to the craft from which she draws boundless inspiration while relentlessly pursuing ground breaking methods and new geometries. Her work has created a voice that at once and with equal relevance, engages in a dialogue around traditional Iranian crafts, as well as in international contemporary art.