Artwork explanation

Ehsan Yarshater wrote about his works: "The bitter protest and the satirical and apparent metaphors in the forms of the crooked curves and awesome giants of Bahman Mohasses are unique. The decisive message of Mohasses seems to have more mutual point with German expressionism than with general tendencies in Iranian paintings. The artworks of Mohasses give us an acceptable example of a complete contrasts and differences then tells about of "a threatening surge filled with pain and anxiety of Mohassess” who opposes to the artists who do not pay that much attention to social concerns.

 (Iran’s painting ‘Naghashi-e Iran’, written by Ruyin Pakbaz)

Expert Opinion

Mohasses is the only Iranian artist whose mindset creates a kind of individuality in his artworks so that we can easily find out his emotional response to the world around him. Mohasses is the only artist who presents a kind of socio-historical encounter in his work while experiencing experiences like the Vietnam War, the Iran-Iraq War, and the experience of environmental events. He is the only artist who has reflected all these experiences in his artworks and other Iranian artists, despite their brilliant experiences, do not display such a spirit of individuality and historical psychology in their artworks. This is a very complex subject, which can be studied deeper by utilizing psychology to find out the answer of this question that why in the Iranian society and in the history of the 20th century of Iranian art, there is only one artist who has worked with this spirit.

Mohassess still tells us something. Among the inanimate nature and monster of the 1940's, and his paintings in 1950s which were mostly caricatures, or his sculptures that are classic, despite the contradiction with contemporary world, with his highly renaissance spirit, but the content of political violence of the century, which experiences was he seeking to share with us? In the paintings, there is always a very open space in the field, which, refers to the sea or the sky, and in this open space without boundaries, the presence of a human or animal element is somehow imposed on the viewer and informed him.

Morad Montazami,

 Curator and expert in Asian and Middle Eastern art at the Tate Museum in London

Exhibition history

CAMA Gallery | Bahman Mohasses | Exhibition | CAMA Gallery Opening Ceremony

London Gallery

CAMA Gallery Opening Ceremony

group exhibition, 28 November - 01 January

Bahman Mohasses

Untitled - 1966

Giants series Mixed media on cardboard 60 x 78 cm Frame depth 91 x 107 x 8 cm Signed on lower right CoA no. 1711151648053

OAR No. 102005 This artwork is unique


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