Menart Fair Paris 2023

Simine Paris and Amenor Contemporary

present the work of:

Fereydoun AVE

at the Palais d'Iéna

Curated by Leila Varasteh

MENART FAIR Paris 2023

Middle East & North African Art

The artists we present at Menart Fair

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"Untitled" 2023, 162 x 109 cm, technique mixtes sur toile

Fereydoun Ave

Fereydoun Ave (born in 1945) is a renowned contemporary Iranian artist known for his multidisciplinary practice encompassing photography, sculpture, installation, and performance. He is an influential figure in Iranian contemporary art, as an artist, collector, curator, and gallery owner. A constant pursuit of experimentation and a continuous desire to push established artistic boundaries characterize Fereydoun Ave's work, revolving around his preferred themes of time, memory, and transmission, underpinned by Iranian popular culture.

Fereydoun Ave's artworks have been showcased in numerous solo exhibitions as well as hundreds of group exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide. In addition to numerous notable private collections, Fereydoun Ave works have been acquired by prestigious institutions such as the British Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Cy Twombly Foundation, and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.

Fereydoun Ave currently lives and works in France.

Hamid Shams

Born in 1990 in Tehran, Hamid Shams graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Paris 8 and in photography/video from the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris.

His work offers original narratives, mixing fiction and reality, by establishing a dialogue between literary works, life paths and current political considerations. His works take the form of a set of elements - sculptures, photographs, paintings, soundtracks and plays of light - which come to compose spaces with a claimed theatricality, in which mysterious pieces are played, nourished by multiple influences that we manage, by means of a few clues, to decipher and interpret.

Through this work of biographical perspective, he questions the way in which individuals are constructed in normative societies by comparing the contexts – the one in which he grew up and the one in which he now evolves, settled in the West. The personal facts summoned by the artist, taken from his story as a voluntarily "displaced" individual, testify to our ways of being in the world, our capacities to accept or refuse, our strengths and our weaknesses.

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Untitled, transfer on fabric, 90x60 cm, and inkjet print, 20x30 cm, 2015
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"Aida 1" 2023, 140 x 90 cm, Oil on canvas

Morteza Khosravi

Morteza Khosravi is an Iranian artist born in 1988 in Bojnurd. His work is praised in Iran and abroad. His refined and technically strong style allows him a realistic and lively artistic expression. He gives us to see and feel his subjects, a talent and a style that put him at the heart of things in his native country where he lives and works.

At this very particular moment, when Iran is experiencing a revolutionary movement led by a youth that aspires to freedom, we are witnessing the echo of this momentum in the work of young Iranian artists and an exceptional artistic renaissance.

Morteza Khosravi is one of these young artists.

His paintings and drawings of women's bodies are particularly significant of this courage and this freedom: while it is forbidden in Iran to represent women other than covered and veiled, here we have before our eyes, refined drawings and paintings, posed with grace and beauty on the canvas, and which gives us to see the woman, her body, her hair, and in filigree, FREEDOM in movement.

Jazeh Tabatabai

Jazeh Tabatabai (1931 -2008) was an Iranian avant-garde painter, poet, and sculptor. Born into a family of painters and musicians, at the age of twelve he published his first novel (in total he has published a hundred short stories, novels, plays and poetry). A graduate of the Academy of Dramatic Arts at the Faculty of Letters and the Sculpture Section of Fine Arts in Tehran, he founded and directed the first art gallery in Iran, the Modern Art Gallery in Tehran in 1954. Jazeh Tabatabai is one of the most recognized Iranian artists in the world for his creative figures and metal sculptures assembled with parts of old machines and cars.

Tabatabai builds sculptures with the mechanical waste of civilization, pistons, hoses, car headlights or bicycle chains, cogwheels, and connecting rods that come together to give birth to fabulous creatures that tell stories and revisit the myths and legends of Persian. Strong and fragile at the same time, radiant with life, his figures are full of love and poetry. By giving life and history to materials, Tabatabai inscribes a real demiurge that offers a rebirth of objects but above all a new beauty.

Tabatabai's recognition also comes from his paintings, dreamlike with soft lines, bright and luminous colors and compositions inspired by the Persian miniature.

During his lifetime he received more than 10 major international awards for his paintings and sculptures.

Tabatabai's works can be found in major collections and in many museums around the world, including the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Several films including "Biography" and "Autumn Road" have been produced on the life of Jazeh Tabatabai.

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"Untitled" ca 1950 - 1960, 50 x 15 x 12cm, Iron


In Collaboration with Amenor Gallery
Simine Paris presents:
Fereydoun Ave, Hamid Shams, Morteza Khosravi et Jazeh Tabatabai
MENART Fair Paris2023 - Exhibition from September 14 to 17, 2023 - Paris

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PALAIS D’IÉNA – PARIS Economic, Social and Environmental Council

Public Opening Hours:

Friday 15 September 2023: noon – 10 pm (nocturnal + performances)
Saturday 16 September 2023: 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday 17 September 2023: 11 am – 7 pm

Press Preview :
Thursday 14 September 2023, from 4 pm to 6 pm

Preview Collectors & Institutions :

Thursday 14 September 2023, from 6 pm to 10 pm


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