26/11/2021 - 24/04/2022

Shirin Neshat

Living in One Land, Dreaming in Another

About the exhibition

The works of Iranian artist, photographer, and filmmaker Shirin Neshat (b. 1957) exude self-confidence and a powerful presence but also an air of vulnerability. Central themes in Neshat’s art are identity, origin, and power structures. Her works are defined by a melding and broadening of the rich visual traditions of Persian and Western art. The US-based artist’s work is now the subject of the museum’s first presentation in association with the Written Art Collection. Her most recent work series, Land of Dreams (2019), revolves around the traditional calligraphy of her country of origin as well as the Western canon of portraiture, and combines for the first time the media of photography and video in a single work. The most important Persian artist working today takes writing, gestural expression, and formal variety to create a compact lyrical, rhythmic whole, with each work telling its own story of universal human experience.


Further information about the exhibition on the WEBSITE OF THE BAVARIAN STATE PAINTING COLLECTIONS

Shirin Neshat, Manuel Martinez, from Land of Dreams series, 2019
Digital c-print with ink and acrylic paint
183 x 122 cm
Photo: Gladstone Gallery, New York und Brüssel und Goodman Gallery, London
Acquired in 2020 with funds from the Written Art Collection for the Bayerischen Staatsgemäldesammlungen
© Shirin Neshat

Artist talk with Shirin Neshat

Portrait von Shirin Neshat, Foto: Rodolfo Martinez
© Shirin Neshat Courtesy of the artist und Gladstone Gallery

TUE 05.04.2022 | 6:30 p.m. | Pinakothek der Moderne

On Tuesday, 05 April 2022, an Artist Talk between Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat and curator Judith Csiki will take place at the Pinakothek der Moderne. Various approaches from Neshat's artistic practice, such as the combination of traditional Persian calligraphy and Western portrait art, will be explored in more detail. In addition, the artist will discuss the production and development phase of her most recent series of works, "Land of Dreams" (2019), which is the focus of the exhibition.

Free ticket are available via München Ticket. We look forward to seeing you there!
You can not make it? The talk will be recorded and made available online afterwards.

Film preview | Land of Dreams

WED 06.04.2022 | 20.00 | CITY KINOS
Ticket sale via City Kinos

As part of the exhibition, Shirin Neshat's latest feature film "Land of Dreams" (2021) will be shown for the first time in Munich. This Munich premiere at City Kinos is made possible by a cooperation between the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, KINO DER KUNST and the production company Bon Voyage Films.

Planning your visit

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Opening Hours

Daily 10.00 – 18.00
Thursday 10.00 – 20.00
Monday closed


Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Straße 40
80333 München

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