Cultural rebellion and lyrical reflection come together in this world-premiere exhibition showcasing one of the most important collections of contemporary Iranian art. Encounter the works of 23 artists who have chosen self-expression over silence — men and women separated by generations but united in their desire to explore complex issues against a backdrop of political and social unrest.
On Monday, January 30, the Aga Khan Museum’s exhibitions team installed a spectacular new piece in our first-floor Museum Collections gallery. Titled “Flying Carpet,” this whimsical piece by artist Farhad Moshiri is one of more than two dozen works in the world-premiere exhibition “Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians.” The piece features a generic aircraft cut out of 32 Persian carpets, each nearly 3 metres wide, carefully stacked on top of each other. Special permission was obtained to install “Flying Carpet” in our first-floor gallery for “Contemporary Persians” by the exhibition’s curator, Dr. Fereshteh Daftari.