London Exhibitions: Dusted Waters, Paintings by Behjat Sadr at the Mosaic Rooms

Added on by Miguel Sopena.

I happened to walk by the Mosaic Rooms in Kensington, the art gallery devoted to contemporary art from Arab countries and the Greater Middle East. I really enjoyed the current exhibition, Dusted Waters (28/09 – 08/12/2018), an exploration of the work and biography of Iranian visual artist Behjat Sadr (1924-2009). Sadr studied Fine Art in Tehran and lived in Rome for some years, exhibiting at the Venice Biennale in 1956 and again in 1962. Later she divided her time between Tehran and Paris, where she settled after the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Among other pieces, the exhibition displays bold abstracts executed in Sadr's signature style, with pure black paint applied with a palette knife on glass and other surfaces, as well as photography which Sadr used as a kind of visual record and which show a very strong sense of the form (Sadr also combined photographs with paint in Modernist collages which I thought were very successful). The exhibition's projection room shows Mitra Farahani's 2006 documentary Behjat Sadr: Time Suspended which includes extensive interviews with the artist.

Having visited Iran last year (including the top notch Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art) I was extremely interested to discover both the Mosaic Rooms and the work of this pioneering creator (Sadr was the first modern female painter to reach the top of her profession in Iran). The Mosaic Rooms also maintain an active programme of talks and events which you can find on the website. Very enjoyable.

Paintings by Behjat Sadr in Dusted Waters, the Mosaic Rooms

Paintings by Behjat Sadr in Dusted Waters, the Mosaic Rooms