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Featured Event

October 2009
Facts & Illusions


In October 2009 Magic of Persia presented a pioneering and unique exhibition of video work by 14 Iranian artists, at the RCA’s Henry Moore Gallery. Curated by Dr Sami Azar, former director of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, the exhibition was the first in which contemporary Iranian video artists were shown on such a scale in London. Established names such as Farideh Lashai and Avish Khebrehzadeh, were displayed alongside emerging artists, providing a great opportunity to view the diversity of current Iranian video art.

Mania Akbari
Parastou Forouhar
Shahab Fotouhi
Rodin Hamidi
Behnam Kamrani
Simin Keramati
Avish Khebrehzadeh
Khosro Khosravi
Farideh Lashai
Mandana Moghadam
Malekeh Nayiny
Neda Razavipour
Hamed Sahihi
Rozita Sharafjahan

The exhibition was launched with a champagne breakfast, as part of the Frieze VIP programme, at the Royal College of Art on Thursday 15th October 2009. The exhibition came to an end on Saturday 17th October 2009 with a private cocktail reception at the RCA.

Dr. Alireza Sami Azar
Alireza Sami Azar is an art historian and architect and was director of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts from 1999 to 2005, and teaches at the Mahe-Mehr Institute for Culture and Art. British-educated, he holds a PhD in architecture and was Professor of the faculty of Fine Arts at Tehran University. During his time at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Sami Azar curated numerous exhibitions and was responsible for the promotion of many Iranian artists onto the international art scene. 

Past Events
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September 2019
MOP CAP 2017 Winner's Exhibition at the Saatch Gallery, London 2019

March 2019
Persian Spring @ Chelsea Farmer's Market

March 2019

November 2018
Salam Salam! Contemporary Iranian Art Fair

December 2017
MOP CAP 2017

November 2017
Farideh Lashai: On Violence and Beauty | British Museum

July 2017
Magic in Monaco | Fundraising Exhibition & Auction

December 2016
Exhibition as Editing Exercise | Publication Launch | Delfina Foundation

November 2016
Exhibition as Editing Exercise | A project by Nader Koochaki | Winner of MOP CAP 2015

September 2016
Contemporary Iranian Art Exhibition Opening | LA

September 2016
Fereydoun Ave|Panel Discussion & Film Premiere | LA

September 2016
Contemporary Iranian Art | VIP Dinner & Auction

July 2016
European Women in Persian Houses | British Museum

April 2016
Talking Asphalt | MOPCAP 2015 in Tehran

March 2016
'Remembering Tomorrow' | Dubai | Private Dinner & Auction

February 2016
'Remembering Tomorrow' | Tehran | Exhibition Preview & Cocktail Reception.

October 2015
MOP CAP 2015 Finalist VIP Auction Dinner | London

September 2015
MOP CAP 2015 Finalist Exhibition Opening | London

August 2015
MOP/Parasol Unit Research Resident 2015 Talk

May 2015
A Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts Shiraz-Persepolis

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