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The Mana Jalalian Collection: A Rare Collection of Iranian Modern Art

Dubai

November 15, 2021 – March 3, 2022

Faramarz Pilaram, Untitled, 1970

Faramarz Pilaram

Untitled, 1970

Oil on canvas

70 x 70 cm

Faramarz Pilaram, Untitled, 1973

Faramarz Pilaram

Untitled, 1973

Oil on canvas

130 x 200 cm

Mansour Ghandriz, Untitled, 1963

Mansour Ghandriz

Untitled, 1963

Lino print on paper

54 x 39 cm

Mansour Ghandriz, Untitled, 1962

Mansour Ghandriz

Untitled, 1962

Lino print on paper

45.5 x 20.5 cm

Mansour Ghandriz, Untitled, 1962

Mansour Ghandriz

Untitled, 1962

Lino print on paper

57 x 18 cm

Mansour Ghandriz, Untitled, 1960s

Mansour Ghandriz

Untitled, 1960s

Mixed media with natural pigment on paper mounted on canvas

165 x 190 cm

Sohab Sepehri, Untitled, 1960s

Sohab Sepehri

Untitled, 1960s

Oil on canvas

90 x 90 cm

Sohab Sepehri, Untitled, 1960s

Sohab Sepehri

Untitled, 1960s

Oil on canvas

95.5 x 129 cm

Sohab Sepehri, Untitled (from the Trees series), 1960s

Sohab Sepehri

Untitled (from the Trees series), 1960s

Oil on canvas

120 x 180 cm

Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, DE3AM + NAD + CH, 1974

Charles Hossein Zenderoudi

DE3AM + NAD + CH, 1974

Oil on canvas

55 x 46 cm

Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Untitled, 1973

Charles Hossein Zenderoudi

Untitled, 1973

Acrylic and oil on canvas

120 x 100 cm

Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, SE + SE + Y + BE, 1970

Charles Hossein Zenderoudi

SE + SE + Y + BE, 1970

Oil on canvas

195 x 98 cm

Bahman Mohassess, Fifi, 1965

Bahman Mohassess

Fifi, 1965

Oil on canvas

100 x 70 cm

Bahman Mohassess, Untitled, 1969

Bahman Mohassess

Untitled, 1969

Print

25 x 35 cm

Bahman Mohassess, Untitled, 1966

Bahman Mohassess

Untitled, 1966

Oil on canvas

50 x 70 cm

Bahman Mohassess, Untitled, 1969

Bahman Mohassess

Untitled, 1969

Ink and gouache on cardboard

25 x 35 cm

Bahman Mohassess, [Unknown], 1960s

Bahman Mohassess

[Unknown], 1960s

Oil on canvas

70 x 100 cm

Alireza Dayani, Katayoun, 2013

Alireza Dayani

Katayoun, 2013

Rapid on paper

70 x 100 cm

Nasser Assar, Untitled, 1960s

Nasser Assar

Untitled, 1960s

Oil on canvas

115 x 145 cm

Parviz Tanavoli, Peot and Bird, 1974

Parviz Tanavoli

Peot and Bird, 1974

Screen print

57 x 75 cm

Parviz Tanavoli, Three Lovers, 1974

Parviz Tanavoli

Three Lovers, 1974

Screen print

50 x 70 cm

Parviz Tanavoli, Poet Turning into Heech, 1973 - 2007

Parviz Tanavoli

Poet Turning into Heech, 1973 - 2007

Bronze

240 cm

Edition 4/5

Parviz Tanavoli, Heech

Parviz Tanavoli

Heech

Bronze

32 cm

Edition 5/5

Mohammad Eshai, Untitled, 2013

Mohammad Eshai

Untitled, 2013

Oil and gold leaf on canvas

230 x 162 cm

Mohammad Eshai, Untitled, 2013

Mohammad Eshai

Untitled, 2013

Oil on canvas

130 x 130 cm

Press Release

Dubai, UAE – Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce the opening exhibition of “The Mana Jalalian Collection: a Rare Collection of Iranian Modern Art” on 15th November 2021.

 

Iranian Modern and Contemporary art has long been considered a powerhouse within the Middle Eastern art world and is one of the most potent forces within the global art scene. The works exhibited have challenged cemented opinions in art and society whilst providing a unique visual landscape reflective and reverent of a rich and collaborative cultural history.

 

“That’s the purpose of art, and it’s our duty as art collectors to make it seen, heard, and understood for change and progress to happen”, says Mana Jalalian, an avid collector of Iranian Modern and Contemporary art.

 

As a young girl studying in Iran, Mana would spend a great deal of time reading and reciting poems by the late Sohrab Sepehri, one of Iran’s most notable poets and painters. The artist is someone who has greatly influenced and changed her perception of the outside world with respect to nature, beauty, and life.

 

When asked why she collects art, Mana states: “Art stirs my emotions and makes me question things.  It makes me feel alive and constantly intrigued by my surroundings.”  Until the present day, Sohrab’s influence on Mana remains very evident. If you were to walk down the halls of her residence in Dubai, you would observe walls filled with some of the artist’s most unique and magnificent paintings, accompanied by works from fellow pioneers of Iranian Modernism.

 

Mana has spent the last 15 years amassing a collection of more than 400 works of paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, video arts, woodcuts, and etchings, currently kept between Dubai, Basel, Tehran, and Vancouver. This exhibition, in partnership with Leila Heller Gallery, showcases more than 50 unique artworks from Mana’s private collection. It features some of the most prominent and influential Iranian artists such as Parviz Tanavoli, Bahman Mohasses, Mohamed Ehsai, Sohrab Sepehri, Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Reza Derakshani, and Farideh Lashai.

 

Many of the artworks in Mana’s collection have been exhibited in renowned museums and biennales around the world, namely La Biennale di Venezia, Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris, MAXXI Museum in Rome, Davis Museum in Boston, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.