Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

Saqqakhana and Poerty in Tanavoli's Sculpturesy

Saqqakhana & Poerty in Tanavoli's Sculptures

Tuesday, November 14 | 6 - 8:30 PM
Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

We are excited to extend our heartfelt invitation to you for a special event hosted by Vancouver's Persian Architects.

We cordially invite you to the VPA Group's Fall Celebration, an evening that promises to be both enlightening and enriching. We will be featuring a short review of the "Saghakhana art movement and Tanavoli's sculptures", paying tribute to his recent exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. This occasion will be graced by the presence of two art lover graduates from the University of Tehran, who will share remarkable stories and insights.

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Parviz Tanavoli - Vancouver Art Gallery


THU OCT 19, 2023 | 6 PM - 8 PM
Vancouver Art Gallery

Movie screening and dinner, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

Join us for a special evening at the Gallery that pairs the film Parviz Tanavoli: Poetry in Bronze (2014) with a delectable Iranian meal. The event will also feature a music recital in the Rotunda, which can be heard as you explore the exhibition Parviz Tanavoli: Poets, Locks, Cages.

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Parviz Tanavoli - Vancouver Art Gallery


JULY 1, 2023 - NOVEMBER 19, 2023
Vancouver Art Gallery

Parviz Tanavoli: Poets, Locks, Cages is the first major Canadian exhibition of works by the Iranian-born, Vancouver-based artist Parviz Tanavoli. Internationally celebrated, Tanavoli has lived in Vancouver for over thirty years while also maintaining a studio in Iran.

The exhibition brings together over 100 major works—representing his six decade career—and spans the full breadth of his practice from sculpture and painting to printmaking and mixed-media assemblages. Tanavoli is among the foremost contemporary Iranian artists. He belongs to the Saqqakhana School, which emerged in the early 1960s in Iran, and has been influenced heavily by his country's history, culture and traditions.

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Parviz Tanavoli Lecture


SAT JUL 8, 2023 | 2 PM - 3 PM
Vancouver Art Gallery

Join us for an in-depth conversation with two internationally renowned scholars and curators in conjunction with Parviz Tanavoli: Poets, Locks, Cages.

Dr. Fereshteh Daftari (formerly of MoMA, New York) and Dr. Venetia Porter (Honorary Research Fellow, British Museum) lead us deeper into the world of Parviz Tanavoli. Amidst the enormous political and cultural shifts of his lifetime, Tanavoli's dedication and focus have distinguished him as one of the most significant artists to emerge from Iran. He is a man of two homes—Canada and Iran—and in a sense of two worlds: the intricate past of his birthplace; and the complicated struggles, both artistic and social, that characterize the contemporary condition. His enduring engagement with these dualities lends his sculptural practice a sense of resistance and persistence. The conversation will be moderated by Guest Curator Pantea Haghighi. Please join us immediately following the talk for tea and conversation in our Rooftop Pavilion.

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A Selection from the Rustic Nomadic Collection: Gift of Parviz Tanavoli

A Selection from the Rustic Nomadic Collection: Gift of Parviz Tanavoli

May 15, 2021
Due to Pandemic restrictions set by authorities, the dates will be announced at a later date.
The Carpet Museum of Iran, Tehran, Iran

Asia Society

2021 Asia Arts Game Changer Awards

May 5, 2021
Virtual Gala Celebrating Contemporary Asian Arts

Grosvenor Gallery

Grosvenor Gallery - Parviz Tanavoli 1970s Prints

26 April - 8 May 2021
Location: Grosvenor Gallery - London


Parviz Tanavoli, Persepolis, and the Reinvention of Persian Sculpture

November 21, 2019
Lucy Oakley (Grey Art Gallery, NYU), New York