Ali Banisadr, Foreign Lands, 2015, Olbricht Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, Paris, Salzburg

Ali Banisadr

Foreign Lands

6 April to 25 August 2019

The work of Ali Banisadr (b.1976, Tehran, Iran) demonstrates a careful balancing act between chaos and composure, and abstract and figurative painting and drawing. His complex, expansive paintings are rich with figurative allusions rooted in autobiographical narratives, sonic recollection, invented stories, world history, collective memory and mythology.

The spring of 2019 will see Ali Banisadr's European museum début with a retrospective exhibition at Het Noordbrabants Museum. The exhibition aligns with the museum’s aspiration to introduce artists who are yet or seldom to be seen in the Netherlands.

This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Renschdael Art Foundation and organized with the support of Blain|Southern.

 

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  • foto Joep Jacobs
  • foto Joep Jacobs
  • foto Joep Jacobs
  • Ali Banisadr, Foreign Lands, 2015, Olbricht Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, Paris, Salzburg
  • foto Joep Jacobs
  • foto Joep Jacobs
  • foto Joep Jacobs

Art based on sound

Sound is an integral part of Ali Banisadr’s practice, influencing the way that he works. Banisadr has synaesthesia (a condition where one sense, such as sight, simultaneously triggers another, like sound) and within his own work he hears an internal sound which guides him on the composition of his paintings.

When I begin a painting, it is always based on an internal sound. As soon as I apply the brush, the sound begins, and I am able to compose the work based on the sounds I hear as I’m painting. It is the force that drives the whole painting and helps me compose the work and pull everything together.
Ali Banisadr

Catalogue and audio tour

A richly illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, written by art historian Robert Hobbs and is published by Uitgeverij WBOOKS in Zwolle. The catalogue will be available in Dutch and English from 6 April 2019 and can be bought at the MuseumShop and in bookshops.

The audio tour in the exhibition, introduces a selection of the paintings by Ali Banisadr, the artist talks about his sources of inspiration and is accompanied by a soundtrack of his favourite music.
A free download is available via the Podcatcher Audio Guide app or purchase an audio tour at the cash register for €2,50

You'll find the Podcatcher Audio Guide app in the App Store (iOS and Android).
Tip: bring your own headset.

 

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