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July 2017
Magic in Monaco | Fundraising exhibition & auction


Magic of Persia, is delighted to announce that its latest fundraising exhibition & art auction has taken place in Monte Carlo, Monaco, raising just over Four hundred and eight thousand euros!

A carefully curated art exhibition of artworks were held at the Kamil Art Gallery in Monte Carlo and auctioned in collaboration with the world renowned auction-house Christie’s at a seated VIP dinner held at the Yacht Club de Monaco; the centerpiece of Monaco’s remodeled harbour designed by Norman Foster.

The artworks were generously donated to MOP Foundation by well-known and established Iranian artists, galleries and collectors from around the world.

The exclusive programme of events began with a Press Reception on the 20th at Kamil Art Gallery. The show remained open to public throughout the week until the 28th. VIP guests and interested buyers had a chance to view the artworks and meet the artists in the presence of our guest of honour Nicky Nodjoumi at an Exhibition Preview & Champagne Reception on the 27th.

Magical VIP Dinner, 28 July, Saint Jean- Cap Ferrat, France. This event was generously hosted by Mr & Mrs Sassan Behnam Bakhtiar


On the 28th special guests attended a stunning Magical VIP Dinner with an exclusive book signing of award-winning writer Joobin Bekhrad’s new book, Coming Down Again. Joobin Bekhrad is the founder and editor of REORIENT, an acclaimed online publication about the contemporary arts and culture of the Middle East. Throughout the evening, guests were entertained with Persian cuisine, live music from the Pejman Tadayon ensemble and were dazzled by the phenomenal experimentalist Gerard Senehi. This event was generously sponsored by Mr & Mrs Sassan Behnam Bakhtiar.

Finally, on the evening of the 29th July, a Gala Dinner & Live Art Auction took place at the Yacht Club de Monaco. The artworks are donated by well-known artists such as Fereydoun Ave, Pooya Aryanpour, Marjane Satrapi, Parviz Tanavoli and HIM Farah Pahlavi. The evening was themed with the unique regale flare of the Ali Bakhtiar Designs. 

Magic in Monaco Auction Gala, 29 July, Yacht Club de Monaco, Monaco


The guest of honour for all of these events is the acclaimed Iranian, Brooklyn based artist
Nicky Nodjoumi. His work has spanned over decades, being presented globally and acquired by several prominent institutional collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London and Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi to name a few.

The keynote speaker was Dina Nasser Khadivi, a curator, consultant and the force behind numerous projects and initiatives contributing to the development of an international platform for art from the Middle East, Iran and the Caucasus. Her recent publication, a double volume hardcover book, Life is Beautiful, is the first monograph devoted to contemporary Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri. 


To view the exhibition catalogue, click here



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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