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In Tehran, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian reigns as the doyenne of contemporary Iranian art. Only at the age of 93, however, has her work found a permanent home: her own museum—the first in Iran dedicated to a solo female artist. She reflects on her life and career with Charles Shafaieh.

Retirement has little attraction for Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, the 93-year-old grande dame of Iranian contemporary art. At her Tehran studio, she leads a small team of men who help her to design and construct her mirror mosaic sculptures, many of which are now in the permanent collections of arts institutions worldwide, such as The Guggenheim in New York City and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has a diverse oeuvre—drawing, textiles, jewelry, collages, memory boxes and even pieces

  • Words:
    Charles Shafaieh
  • Photography:
    Courtesy of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and The Third Line, Dubai.

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  • Words:
    Charles Shafaieh
  • Photography:
    Courtesy of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and The Third Line, Dubai.
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