On my last day in Tehran, I spent half of my afternoon in the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. Not until I went there, did I realize there was a temporary Tony Cragg exhibition going on.
Just in case you haven’t heard about him, Tony Cragg is born in Liverpool, one of the most important contemporary sculptors. You may find his works in many German cities (He’s not living in Wuppertal). Cragg doesn’t limit his sculpture works to any materials. You find all extensive materials out of his works: wood, glass, steel, bronze, plastic and ceramics. Cragg has always been searching for the ideal combination of material and form. For him, sculpture is a study of how material can affect and form human emotions and ideas.
The forms and images made by artists are seldom the result of groundless innovations, but result out of their understanding of their existence, which in turn can only reflect the knowledge, history and beliefs of the artist’s culture.
The exhibition is called “Stones and Roots”. It celebrates the diversity and energy charaterizing this productive sculptor.
The museum is located on the west side of Laleh Park, a peaceful area, where there are many cafes around. Unlike most modern art museums, Tehran’s Contemporary Art Museum has rather dark interiors.
Tony Cragg has brought us into the world of imagination and surprise. That’s absolutely the reason I love modern art, no matter how much you can understand the artist’s idea, you can always imagine it in your own ways.
This two pieces of glass sculpture were my favorite of the whole collection. The glass is made in Murano Island, Venice. It was interesting to see how the transparency of glass engages with Cragg’s works.
What do you think of this one with all faces around it? I think it was cute.