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Born 1939 in Tehran, Iran
Lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota
© Siah Armajani
KCPT's Arts Upload
Take a look inside the work of Siah Armajani in this clip from Season 4 Episode 4 of KCPT's Arts Upload.
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About the Artist
Siah Armajani (American, born Tehran, Iran, 1939–2020) moved to the United States from Tehran, Iran in 1960. He attended Macalester College, in Minnesota, where he studied philosophy. The artist has been the subject of more than fifty solo exhibitions since 1978, including surveys and retrospectives at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (2016); Parasol unit, London (2013); the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City (2008); Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva (2007, tour); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (1999, tour); Villa Arson, Nice (1994); Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles (1992); Kunsthalle Basel (1987); Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster (1987, tour); and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (1985). Armajani’s career retrospective, Siah Armajani: Follow This Line, was held at The Walker Art Center (September 9 – December 30, 2018) and currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met Breuer) from February 20 to June 2, 2019. His work has also been featured in group exhibitions, including Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2016); Passages in Modern Art: 1954–1966, Dallas Museum of Art (2016); Cycle Des histoires sans fin, séquence automne–hiver 2015–2016, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva (2015); Art Expanded, 1958–1978 and Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2014); Iran Modern, Asia Society, New York (2013); Spectacular of the Vernacular, Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2011); Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, British Museum, London (2006); Far Near Distance: Contemporary Positions of Iranian Artists, House of World Cultures, Berlin (2004); Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (1988); Skulptur Projekte Münster ’87 (1987); International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1984); 74th Annual American Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago (1982); Whitney Biennial; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1981); 39th Venice Biennale, American Pavilion (1980); Information, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1970); and Documenta 5 (1972), 7 (1982) and 8 (1987), Kassel. Armajani’s work is in numerous public collections, including Art Institute of Chicago; British Museum, London; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Dallas Museum of Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.