Mahmoud Bakhshi

B. 1977, Tehran
Lives and works in Tehran

Bakhshi’s practice deals with a visual aesthetic that developed in Iran in the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution of 1979. In 2001 he graduated with a BA in Sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Tehran. In recent years, he has participated in several group shows in Iran and Europe. Bakhshi's installations and sculptural works deal with the aesthetics of post-revolutionary Iran, composed of a distinctive combination of ideological Islam, industrial capitalism and the liberational iconography of the 1979 Revolution. His work represents a struggle between an art that is self-conscious of its independence and the propaganda of the state. Recently Bakhshi has integrated everyday objects from Iran into his work, objects that have acquired a political character beyond their banal everyday character.

Solo Exhibitions 
2014 

TalkCloud, YAY Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan

TalkCloud, narrative gallery, London, UK

TalkCloud, Niavaran Cultural Centre, Tehran, Iran

2012 

Hard Copy, Art Gwangju 2012, Gwangju

Recycle, Etemad Gallery, Tehran

2011 

Bah Man, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

Bah Man, Aun Gallery, Tehran

2010 

The Engaged Artist; Influences of Graphics on Sculpture in the Middle Ages, Saatchi Gallery (Project Room), London

2009 

Tulips Rise From The Blood Of The Nation's Youth, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran

2007 

Solo Show (Namayeshgah-e-Enferadi), Performance, Ave Gallery, Tehran

2006 

Mahmoud's Driving School, Tehran Gallery, Tehran

2004 

Oh Abolfazl! Three locations: Bazaar Mosque, Enghelab Avenue and Golestan Gallery, Tehran

2002 

Barg Gallery, Tehran

2001 

Barg Gallery, Tehran

2000 

Barg Gallery, Tehran

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2014 

LOVE ME LOVE ME NOT, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan

Recalling the Future:  post-revolutionary Iranian art, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, London 

2013 

LOVE ME LOVE ME NOT, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours,  Collateral Event for the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
DISASTER, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Pantin 

2012 

Transformed Visions, Tate Modern, London

2010 

1 Mile² Tehran, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran
Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon, The 4th Auckland Triennial, Auckland  
Employment, Performance, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran

2009 

Untitled (From: Rose Garden), Khastoo Gallery, Los Angeles
Raad-o-Bargh, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

2008 

Untitled (Exploring contemporary Iranian film and video art) Barbican Art Centre, London
Lion Under The Rainbow (contemporary art from Tehran), Athens
In the State of Weightlessness, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran

2006  

Asian Art Now, Alternative space Loop, Seoul; in 2007 travelled to Arario Gallery, Beijing
Iran.Com, Iranian Art today, Museum of New Art, Freiburg
Eastern Expressway, Evangelische Stadtakademie, Frankfurt

2005  

Rebel Minds Gallery, Berlin

2004  

Victim, Niavaran Cultural Centre, Tehran
11th Bangladesh Biennial, Daka

2003  

A Spritual Vision, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
Cite international des Arts, Paris

2002  

New Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
3rd Tehran Sculpture Biennial, Niavaran Cultural Centre, Tehran

2001 

1st Exhibition Of Conceptual Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran

2000  

2nd Tehran Sculpture Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran

Awards and Residencies

2014 

Ongoing Residency at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam 

2010

Three months residency at the Delfina Foundation, London

2009 

Winner of MOPCAP award

2007 

Six months residency in Changdong Art Studio, Seoul

2002 

Second Prize of the 3rd Tehran Sculpture Biennial, Niavaran Cultural Centre, Tehran

Research scholarship in Cite International des Arts, Paris

2000 

Honorary plaque from the 2nd Tehran Sculpture Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran

Collections 

Tate Modern Collection

Doron Sebbag Art Collection

Devi Art Foundation

Private Collections 

Publications

2004 

Creation of bon-gah Publication (www.bon-gah.com)

Author of Sculpture, a textbook for art schools in Iran

2001 

Editor in chief and art director of Mojassameh (Sculpture) Magazine, (No.1-7)

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