According to Fars News Agency, the opening ceremony of the “Minimalism and Conceptual Art” exhibition was held yesterday evening in the presence of the Deputy Minister of Arts of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and the Director General of the Office of Visual Arts at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran.
Opening ceremony of the exhibition “Minimalism (Minimalism) and Conceptual Art (Conceptual Art)” yesterday evening, Tuesday, June 20, 1401 with the presence of: Mahmoud Salari, Deputy Minister of Arts of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Abdolreza Sohrabi, Director General of the Center for Visual Arts, Abadreza Eslami Kolaei Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and a group of artists and art lovers were held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran.
At the beginning of the ceremony, Ebadreza Eslami Kolaei, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, came behind the podium and said: “During this time, countless artists contacted us; Especially when they realized that a treasure from the Museum of Contemporary Art was going to be displayed, these connections became even greater. Thanks to all the artists who have always been with us. I would also like to thank Mr. Mohandes Salari for creating the right atmosphere so that we can easily hold our programs. This atmosphere became even more appropriate, especially after the election of Mr. Sohrabi as the Director General of the Office of Visual Arts.
Kolaei added: “Movements that took a more serious look at art in the mid-twentieth century did not accept the standard definition of art and paid more attention to philosophy and the idea of art.” Do these movements seem to have posed a difficult question for the history of art: is the nature of the work of art in being an object or a valley of thought behind it?
He reminded: “One of the good features of this exhibition is the opportunity for researchers to once again refer to the field of art history and observe new perspectives.” In this exhibition, 38 works have been exhibited and exhibited for the first time in the treasury of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Some of the works did not have the correct arrangement, but fortunately, with the efforts of my colleagues, these works also had the correct and appropriate arrangement.
In the final part of his speech, Kolaei said: “I hope that by the end of the year, we will be able to open a part of the treasury of the Museum of Contemporary Art permanently.”
In another part of the ceremony, Behrang Samadzadegan, curator (exhibition director) of the “Minimalism and Conceptual Art” exhibition, came behind the podium and said: “I thank all my colleagues at the Museum of Contemporary Art; I thank both the former management of the museum and the new management who were determined to hold this exhibition. All my colleagues gave their lives for holding this exhibition.
He added: “I must say that the team of the Museum of Contemporary Art is extremely professional and I enjoyed working with these friends. This team is one of the best teams I have ever worked with in my life. The museum team is very efficient, compassionate and professional.
He continued: “For me personally, the first importance of this exhibition is to create a starting point for the works of treasure to be displayed and we can keep these works alive and revive them.” Many of our young people and students long to see such works, and it may cost them a lot to watch them and go abroad to see them up close.
Samadzadegan said: We in the Iranian art community are more familiar with the aesthetic current of modern art or abstract and sentimental art, but what we are less familiar with is the anti-aesthetic current. A trend that arose in the mid-twentieth century for a variety of reasons, leading to modern anti-aesthetic criticism. The formation of this flow had two important consequences: one was the creation of a stream of minimalism that wanted to summarize art in the form of the simplest and most fundamental elements, and the formation of a stream of conceptual art that set aside the art object and gave importance to the idea.
He also stated: aesthetic flow; Thesis, anti-aesthetic flow; The antithesis and the current in which we now live are a synthesis. Researchers call this the “post-conceptual” era. Today’s art includes both modern aesthetics and conceptualism; Nevertheless, neither is his goal.
After Behrang Samadzadegan’s speech, the exhibition “Minimalism and Conceptual Art” was officially opened amidst the enthusiastic welcome of the audience. Samadzadegan was present during the visit of Mahmoud Salari and Abdolreza Sohrabi to them and gave them explanations related to each work.
It is worth mentioning that the exhibition “Minimalism and Conceptual Art” includes a part of the treasures of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, in which more than 120 works by 34 artists have been exhibited.
Solvit, Joseph Cassott, John Baldsari, Ed Rasha, Ian Debets, Dennis Oppenheim, Bernard Wonne, Shosaku Arakaura, Marcel Duchamp, Gilbert & George, Donald Judd, Robert Smithson, Michele Zaza, Brand & Hila Becker, Groff Terry Atkinson and Michael Baldwin, Beverly Pepper, Peter Stroiken, Man Ray, Michel Angelo Pistolto, Robert Morris, Marcel Bruthers, Michelle Stewart, Roger Welch, Dan Flavin, Kate Sonnier, Ed Reinhard, Agnes Martin, Dieter Roth, , Frank Stella, Gordon Matclark and Daniel Spoeri are among the artists whose works are on display at the exhibition.
Those interested in visiting the exhibition “Minimalism and Conceptual Art” can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran every day from 10 am to 6 pm until September 18 of this year.
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