(Persia Digest) - Renowned British-German sculptor Tony Cragg was in Iran to open the exhibition of his artworks at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA) in an exhibition which will run from 24 October 2017 to 12 January 2018 after two years of preparation.
Speaking at a press conference in Tehran on 22 October, Cragg said he was pleased to be in Iran and expressed hope that he will have a friendly and fruitful cooperation with the TMoCA.
A total of 60 sculptures and 140 works on paper are exhibited here according to a Farsi report by Honar Online.
Cragg noted that the oldest work belongs to 1970 and the latest one to early 2017. However, he said he did not intend to put on display a review of his life-time works.
“Rather, what matters to me is to display my works in a country whose people know nothing about my art,” he added.
The exhibition “Tony Cragg: Roots & Stones” gives an extensive insight into the sculptural and graphic work of the artist living in Wuppertal. Tony Cragg is the first British artist invited to Iran to hold an exhibition of his works: this is a symbol of hope. The exhibition links a connection between the West and Iran beyond diplomatic difficulties.
Born in Liverpool in 1949, Tony Cragg is one of the most important contemporary sculptors. His sculptural oeuvre, in the early years of his career, takes up the impulses from his exploration of the English land arts and the performance arts, and is still convincing today by an immense wealth of surprising inventions and constellations. Cragg’s works are characterized by tireless research on the possibilities of form, material and surface design. For Cragg, the future is the search for the ideal combination of material and form.
As different as Cragg’s works appear at first glance, one still feels an inner kinship. The visitor is surprised by a universe with abstract, representational and figurative motifs. In addition, work on paper is exhibited, documenting the emergence processes from the shaping to the realization of the sculptures.
The TMoCA has the largest collection of contemporary art outside Europe and the USA. It gives an extensive overview of laminated, molded, milled and polished sculptures made of wood, glass, steel, bronze, plastic and ceramics.
Opened in 1977, TMoCA is widely recognized as one of the most important museums of contemporary art. The Iranian architect Kamran Diba has built an extensive building on a 7000 m² site, which is surrounded by a magnificent sculpture garden with works by famous artists such as Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, Max Ernst and Parviz Tanavoli.
The opening of the exhibition included a work by Tony Cragg: a marble sculpture created especially for the TMoCa and presented to the public for the first time on October 24.
The exhibition of Tony Cragg’s works is the fifth exhibition project of Galerie Breckner in Iran. Since 2011, Till Breckner and Afshin Derambakhsh have been initiating international exhibition projects in Iran to support the understanding of cultures. The mainstay is a close cooperation with the TMoCA based on mutual trust. The focus of the exhibitions is always on art, as it allows society to be informed about topics that are not in the focus of the public. After successful projects such as Günther Uecker – Injuries, Connections (2012), Otto Piene – Rainbow (2015) or Günther Uecker – Homage to Hafez (2016), the Galerie Breckner team is particularly pleased with the exhibition in Iran of Tony Cragg, according to its official website.
photos by: Alireza Farahani/ yjc