Walls of Iran, By: Parviz Tanavoli (Via Meem Gallery)

Parviz Tanavoli: Monograph, is the most extensive catalogue raisonné on the artist to date.

The book includes over 250 color plates displaying his sculptures from the early 1960s to his most recent work.

Presented in English and Arabic, this publication includes essays by academics and personal accounts by the artist’s friends and family, as well as passages from Tanavoli’s memoirs.

It also includes exhibitions and reading lists, and rare photographs from the artist’s archive.


Foreword – Charles Pocock

Myths and Legends in Parviz Tanavoli’s Early Sculptures and the Saqqakhaneh School – Dr. Gisela Fock

Parviz Tanavoli in Minneapolis: The Beginning of a Friendship – Siah Armajani

Tanavoli and I: The Early Years – Kamran Diba

Iran as Museum and the Artists as Collector: Parviz Tanavoli’s Artistic Inspiration – Dr. Shiva Balaghi

Parviz Tanavoli: The Past, Present and Future – Maryam Massoudi

Tanavoli: The Missing Years – Tandis Tanavoli

Parviz Tanavoli: A History Revived – Dr. Alireza Sami-Azar

Tanavoli by Tanavoli – Parviz Tanavoli

Tanavoli is one of Iran’s foremost artists; considered as the country’s first significant modern sculptor.

A central figure in the formation of the Saqqakhaneh School—a neo-traditional style of art that derives inspiration from Iranian folk art and culture–Tanavoli has created works in bronze, ceramic, fiberglass and scrap metal. His oeuvre displays a deep engagement with Persian folkloric traditions, poetry and literature.

Additionally, Tanavoli is a prolific writer. He has authored numerous books and articles on the artistic culture of Iran, featuring in publications such as Hali, Tavoos and Oriental Rug Review.

He has held solo exhibitions in Iran, Europe, United States and Canada and participated in numerous biennales and group exhibitions worldwide. His works are housed in international private and public collections, including the British Museum, London; Grey Art Gallery, New York University Collection; Esfahan City Center; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and DIFC, Dubai.