Ardeshir Mohassess | Art and Satire in Iran
Location: Asia Society & Museum, New York
Date: May 2007
Curators: Shrirn Neshat, Nicky Nodjoumi
Services Provided: Exhibition Design, Furniture Design, Fabrication Drawings, Lighting Design
Excerpts from Asia Society Press Release:
“This is the first retrospective of Mohassess's work to be presented in the United States. The drawings on display were created between 1976 and 2000 and reveal his focus on the conflicts between the oppressor and the oppressed both before and after the Revolution of 1979. Mohassess's work is informed not only by the complexities of modern history and politics, but also by traditional Persian arts and culture. Throughout his career, Mohassess has remained a resolute social critic, focusing on the cruelty, humor, and vulnerability of human nature."
Our goal is always to make sure the art works retain a stronger presence than the space they are in. This exhibition was no exception. Working with the curator we created an exhibition design that had minimal visual impact in the galleries. By closely matching the wall and label color to the matte we were able to lighten the space, giving the works a stronger visual presence. In order to create movement we selected a cool gray.
We were able to meet budgetary constraints by utilizing the museum's existing case inventory.
Photo Credit: Eileen Costa