tanavoliYou are invited to

An Artist Talk with Parviz Tanavoli:
Not Just Heech

Wednesday , 5 April at 11:00 am


Victoria Hall King's Cross
25 Canal Reach, London, N1C 4DD

Parviz Tanavoli (Artist)
Dr. Moya Carey (Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum)

Brought to you by:
Henry Kim '92 (Director and CEO, Aga Khan Museum) and Faaiza Lalji '13 Chair of the The Steering Committee for the UK Patrons' Chapter of the Aga Khan Museum
Please email: ukpatronschapter@agakhanmuseum.org to register including full names of attendees


The UK Patrons' Chapter of the Aga Khan Museum is pleased to welcome Parviz Tanavoli to speak about his forthcoming show on lions at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, and his current installation of sculptures at the Aga Khan Museum. He will be joined by Dr. Moya Carey for a lively discussion of his recent work, his collecting interests, and his recent book European Women in Persian Houses (2016).


Parviz Tanavoli
Considered one of Iran’s leading artists, Parviz Tanavoli is primarily known for his bronze sculptures that draw on the forms of calligraphy. He is a pioneer of the Saqqakhaneh movement of the 1960s. The movement is recognized as the first school of Iranian modern art with its associated painters and sculptors incorporating elements from Iranian folk art into their creations. Throughout his six-decade career, Tanavoli’s work has been shown at museums around the world including the Aga Khan Museum, the Davis Museum in Wellesley, MA, the Tate Modern, Grey Art Gallery, and most recently, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.

Dr. Moya Carey
Appointed in 2009, Dr Moya Carey is the Iran Heritage Foundation Curator for the Iranian Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She earned her B.A. in History of Art and English at Trinity College Dublin, and in 2001, completed her doctorate in Islamic Art History at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Her recent published research has addressed Qajar Iran and the V&A’s Middle Eastern collecting activities in the late 19th century, whether commercial, aesthetic, or imperialist in scope. Dr. Carey has worked for a number of organizations with important Iranian collections including the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection, the Chester Beatty Library, and the British Museum. She has also taught at the Aga Khan University, SOAS, the Sotheby’s Institute and Birkbeck College.

 Film still from Poetry in Bronze 2014.