Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Khayyam Fountain, 2018. Glass; 200 x 160 cm. Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation

In one of her most ambitious realised projects, Khayyam Fountain, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian draws inspiration from the polymath Omar Khayyam, known for his work on cubic equations, his influence on the development of the Persian calendar as well as his poetry, widely translated into English as the Rubájyát.

For this homage, Farmanfarmaian interleaves multi-sided shapes—triangles, pentagons and hexagons—to form a tower that rotates precipitously above a hollow base, creating varied refractions of light at different times of the day. The form of the fountain evokes the metaphor of water as a constant fount of life.

The last major installation to be completed by the artist, Khayyam Fountain was commissioned by Bruges Triennial 2018: Liquid City, Belgium. On long-term loan to Sharjah Art Foundation, Khayyam Fountain finds its initial home in Al Hamriyah Studios where the artists’s final retrospective, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Sunset, Sunrise, co-curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, was presented (12 October–28 December 2019) in collaboration with the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Ireland.

Over nearly six decades, Farmanfarmaian fashioned luminous abstract sculptures and drawings out of glass, mosaic, paper and fabric. Fusing her interests in geometry, Sufism and Islamic architecture, the artist’s primary experiments were with pattern, colour and repetition. The result is a kaleidoscopic body of abstract works that brings together her interest in minimalism and the craftsmanship of sixteenth century glass and mosaic sculpting in Iran.

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Khayyam Fountain, 2018. Glass; 200 x 160 cm. Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Khayyam Fountain, 2018. Glass; 200 x 160 cm. Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation



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