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MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo


MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo | 28 January – 4 August 2021 dates tbc

Curated by Hou Hanru with curatorial and research MAXXI team

Archaeology of the Final Decade’s projects A Utopian Stage and Recreating the Citadel were presented at Museo MAXXI in 2014/15, as part of Unedited History: Iran 1960-2014. Works from these projects are shown within A Story for the Future.

In 2020, MAXXI celebrates its first 10 year anniversary.  It is an opportunity to reflect on the identity of the museum, to retrace the path taken in the past years and set a direction for the future.  The exhibition, which pivots around five major themes, is conceived as an analysis of the development of MAXXI in response to the great challenges of our time. It does not wish to be a self-referential overview of the museum’s exhibitions, but an “intangible” reinterpretation in a perspective that lays the foundations of a “story for the future”.

Thousands of images, videos, sounds and words are presented according to thematic and chronological criteria. Multimedia installations in an exhibition curated by the Dutch studio Inside-Outside by Petra Blaisse, which is recognised worldwide for its innovative contribution in the design of exhibitions and landscape architecture, creating an immersive environment focused on a multisensory experience. An oral history of the MAXXI’s journey is created through the presentation of the words of the artists, curators and the museum staff.


Victoria & Albert Museum (London)

epic iran

Victoria & Albert Museum | 13 February – 21 September 2021

Organised by the V&A with the Iran Heritage Foundation in association with The Sarikhani Collection

AOTFD and Vali Mahlouji places archival photographs from the Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967-77) within the exhibition. Photographs from the Witness ’79 series by Hengameh Golestan, and from the Revolution series and War series by Kaveh Golestan will be shown.

Epic Iran explores 5,000 years of Iranian art, design and culture, bringing together over 300 objects from ancient, Islamic and contemporary Iran. Iran was home to one of the great historic civilisations, yet its monumental artistic achievements remain unknown to many. Epic Iran explores this civilisation and the country’s journey into the 21st century, from the earliest known writing – signalling the beginning of history in Iran – through to the 1979 Revolution and beyond. Ranging from sculpture, ceramics and carpets, to textiles, photography and film, the works in this exhibition reflect the country’s vibrant historic culture, architectural splendours, the abundance of myth, poetry and tradition that have been central to Iranian identity for millennia, and the evolving, self-renewing culture evident today.