Mohsen Vaziri Moghaddam: The Iranian Pioneer of Modern Abstraction
Mohsen Vaziri Moghaddam can without a doubt be described as the pioneer of modern abstraction from Iran. His artistic developments coincide with the establishment of European Informel and American Abstract Expressionism. Throughout his oeuvre he feels driven as an artist to seek out new, subjective means of representation. Towards the late 1950s he begins to experiment with abstraction. His intense reflections on the nature of materials, textures and surfaces lead to the creation of some of his most important works: the sand paintings. Different types of sand are applied to the canvas, both in their natural state and mixed with colour. His innovative approach, that simultaneously draws connections to archaic forms of expression, catches the attention of some of the most prominent Italian art critics of the time, including Giulio Carlo Argan and Palma Bucarelli.
Contemporaries and critics alike meet Vaziri’s artistic pursuits with great respect and enthusiasm, ascertaining the deep and long lasting significance his work has for Rome and beyond. He gains formal recognition from the City of Rome in 1958, as well as from the then Prime Minister Segni in 1959 (International Art Competition, Ravenna), and is awarded the Senate Gold Medal in Sassoferrato in 1962. In 1985, he moves to Italy permanently and settles there his wife and two children.
To this day, Vaziri’s artistic fervor remains unaffected. In May 2004, he exhibits at the Contemporary Art Museum in Tehran with Gerhard Richter and is hailed as the best Iranian artist of the century. He is still creatively active and continues his exploration of shapes and colours.
SETAREH GALLERY is pleased to present Vaziri´s first solo show in Düsseldorf after 60 years with an accompanying catalogue, and honored that the artist will be present at the opening.