"The Stolen Memories" A Solo Exhibition by Mehdi Ghadiyanloo

The Long Museum

Mehdi Ghadyanloo will present his first solo museum exhibition at the Long Museum (West Bund) in Shanghai, China. The exhibition will be on view from May 18th to July 28th, showcasing 18 works by the artist, including 12 new paintings and works on paper.


Lu Mingjun, curator and writer of the show writes: "In his recent works, Ghadyanloo depicts a collection of children's play equipment of all sizes and shapes—slides and merry-go-rounds—mostly placed within a box-shaped window, generating a surreal and symbolic image under the top light. Always a firm believer in the power of art and painting, Ghadyanloo believes that art not only heals our anxiety, depression and fear, but at the same time it acts as a torch that illuminates the dark side of society and politics. If the artist embeds memory and imagination within urban spaces and architectural facades in his public murals, then it is installations of memories and imagination that the artist creates on canvas in these paintings. For Ghadyanloo, this is part of his own physical experience; for many viewers, these paintings not only evoke our memories and imagination, but also transport us to a long-lost new world."

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May 15, 2024
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