Abbas Kiarostami

Iranian, 1940–2016

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Abbas Kiarostami

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Iranian, 1940–2016

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Biography

A cinematic luminary, Abbas Kiarostami is a leading figure among Iran’s post-revolution artists, and widely celebrated for his photography and award-winning films. Whereas his movies tackle polemical and metaphysical questions through intimate and humble meditations on the featured characters, Kiarostami’s photographs tend to capture the more conventional themes of landscape and nature. Kiarostami has a simple approach to photographic subjects, taking pictures of a rainy windshield, for example. Yet these subtle scenes represent contemplative and poetic moments to revel in and provide relief from urban life by offering an escape to the natural world. “Not being able to feel the pleasure of seeing a magnificent landscape with someone else is a form of torture,” the artist has said. “That is why I started taking photographs. I wanted somehow to eternalize those moments of passion and pain.”

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Centre Pompidou, and 1 more
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Biography

A cinematic luminary, Abbas Kiarostami is a leading figure among Iran’s post-revolution artists, and widely celebrated for his photography and award-winning films. Whereas his movies tackle polemical and metaphysical questions through intimate and humble meditations on the featured characters, Kiarostami’s photographs tend to capture the more conventional themes of landscape and nature. Kiarostami has a simple approach to photographic subjects, taking pictures of a rainy windshield, for example. Yet these subtle scenes represent contemplative and poetic moments to revel in and provide relief from urban life by offering an escape to the natural world. “Not being able to feel the pleasure of seeing a magnificent landscape with someone else is a form of torture,” the artist has said. “That is why I started taking photographs. I wanted somehow to eternalize those moments of passion and pain.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition
Articles Featuring Abbas Kiarostami
Noted Filmmakers Shirin Neshat and Abbas Kiarostami Grapple with Iranian Identity in Their Still Photography
Jun 11th, 2015
Noted Filmmakers Shirin Neshat and Abbas Kiarostami Grapple with Iranian Identity in Their Still Photography
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