Behjat Sadr: Dusted Waters at The Mosaic Rooms

LAAF recommends visiting this exciting new exhibition at The Mosaic Rooms:

Behjat Sadr: Dusted Waters
The Mosaic Rooms

This autumn The Mosaic Rooms opens the first UK exhibition dedicated to Behjat Sadr (1924-2009), now regarded as one of Iran’s most influential and radical visual artists. The exhibition will bring together a selection of masterpieces by the artist never seen before in the UK. The display will reveal Sadr’s dramatic artistic journey against the backdrop of bitter political events and reveal her struggles as a woman fighting for recognition on a male dominated art scene.

Each of the three gallery spaces at The Mosaic Rooms will be dedicated to a city that was instrumental in shaping Sadr’s practice. Sadr’s own career path is evidence of a cosmopolitan modernity that was emerging in and between Tehran, Rome and Paris where the artist eventually settled after the 1979 Revolution.

The first room will use artworks and archive material to explore Sadr’s time in Italy which marked her first encounter with Western modernity. Alongside young Iranian artists including Bahman Mohasses and Mohsen Vaziri Moghaddam, she studied with professor Roberto Melli at the Academia in Rome in 1955. During this time Sadr developed her signature style informed by European modernism and the local experience of modernity in Iran.

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