Maliheh Afnan

“The notion of memory is a central theme and motive in my work. I would say my work is rooted in memory, both in my own and perhaps collective memory. Unconsciously but continually I refer to places, scripts and faces from the past, both real and imagined.

If all of one’s life is registered in the recesses of the unconscious, then one’s work might simply be an unraveling, filtering and transforming of memory through time. Memory is very real.”

Lutz Becker

Maliheh Afnan, Veiled Thoughts, 2013
Maliheh Afnan, Veiled Thoughts, 2013
ink and water based colors and gauze on paper, 47,5 x 30 cm
Maliheh Afnan, Celebration (Series of Six), 2013
Maliheh Afnan, Celebration (Series of Six), 2013
ink and water based colors on Nepalese bark fiber paper, 19 x 28 cm
Maliheh Afnan, Score, 1979
Maliheh Afnan, Score, 1979
black ink on Indian paper, 29 x 46,5 cm

Maliheh Afnan (1935-2016)

Born 1935 in Palestine of Persian parents, educated in Beirut and Washington. She lived in Paris for more than twenty years, before moving to London in 1997. Maliheh’s work is represented in several public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum, New York; The British Museum, London; and Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.

Selected solo exhibitions

2014 Maliheh Afnan: Tonight The Door Towards Words Will Be Openend, Galerie Kornfeld in cooperation with Taswir Projects, Berlin

2013 Speak Memory, curated by Lutz Becker, Rose Issa Projects, London

2010 Traces, Faces, Places, Rose Issa Projects, London

2006 Selected Works 1960-2006, England & Co, London

2000 Retrospective, England & Co, London

1996  Galerie Mouvances, Paris

1994  Théâtre de Beyrouth, Beirut

1994 Galerie 10 Bonaparte, Paris

1993 Leighton House Museum, London

1987 Galerie Arcadia, Paris

1982  A&A Turner Galerie, Paris

1980 Galerie Brigitte Schehadé, Paris

1978  Galerie Principe-Anne Merlet, Paris

1974 Galerie Cyrus, Paris

1971 Galerie Claire Brambach, Basel

Selected group exhibitions (since 1990)

2012 Persian for Beginners, Rose Issa Projects, London

2011-12 Wandering Lines: From Automatic Drawing to Abstraction i & ii, England & Co, London

2012 The Art of Writing: Contemporary Art from Three Cultures, Art Forum in der Kurhaus Kolonnade, Wiesbaden, Germany (then touring around the world)

2011 Zendegi: Twelve Contemporary Iranian Artists, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut

2010-11 Miragens, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Brasilia, Brazil

2010 Modern Times: Responding to Chaos, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

2009-10 Taswir: Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity, Martin Gropius Bau Museum, Berlin

2009 Contained Thoughts, Courtauld Institue of Art, London

2008 Re-Orientations: Contemporary Arab Representations, European Parliament, Brussels

2008 Routes, Waterhouse & Dodd, London

2008 Word into Art, DIFC Building, Dubai

2008 Occupied Space, AM Qattan Foundation, London

2007-08 The Dance of Pen and Ink, Triumph Gallery, Moscow; State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow; State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

2001 Iranian Contemporary Art, Curve Gallery, Barbican Centre, London

2001 Salon du Réalités Nouvelles, Espaces Eiffel Branly, Paris

1996 EuropeArt, International Art Fair, Geneva

1995 Salon Comparisons, Espaces Eiffel Branly, Paris

1995 Salon du Dessin et de la Painture à l’Eau, Espaces Eiffel Branly, Paris

1995 Recent Acquisitions, The British Museum, London

1995 Salon d’Automne, Thorigny-Sur-Marne, France

1994-96 Salon de Réalités Nouvelles, Espaces Eiffel Branly, Paris

1992 Exposition Inaugurale, Galerie du Chêne – Donald Vallotton, Lausanne

1991 Collecting 20th Century Art, The British Museum, London

1990-93 Salon d’Automne, Grand Palais, Paris