Art And Culture

Contemporary Iranian Art Auction in Monaco

A sample from the auctionA sample from the auction

In cooperation with Christie’s Art Auction, Magic of Persia (MOP) foundation, based in London, has organized ‘Magic of Monaco,’ the 2017 exhibition and fundraising auction of contemporary Iranian art.

MOP is an apolitical charity established in 2004. It promotes Iranian art and culture among a wide audience outside Iran, and strives to make a notable contribution to its long-term advancement worldwide.  This is accomplished by establishing programs in modern and contemporary Iranian art, music, media and academia in partnership with world-class institutions.

The exhibition and auction will take place in Monaco from July 20-29 at Kamil Art Gallery on Princess Grace Avenue, according to Tandis, an online visual art magazine.

From July 20-28, the Exhibition of Auction Highlights will be open to public. On July 20 a press meeting is planned for the exhibition. On the evening of July 27  an exclusive exhibition will be held for special visitors.

On July 29, the final day of the event, Magic of Monaco Art Auction will be conducted by Christie’s at 10:30 pm. The event is private and by invitation only.

Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photographs, collectibles and more. Recently, it has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the UAE, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.


‘Magic of Monaco’ will be held in the presence of critically acclaimed Iranian painter Nicky Nodjoumi, 75, who lives and works in New York. Some of his works will be presented at the event.

There are a considerable number of prominent Iranian artists participating at the event, including Morteza Darebaghi, Pooya Aryanpour, Fereydoun Ave, Kourosh Shishegaran, Parviz Tanavoli and Firouz Farmanfarmaian among others.

MOP’s programs include Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP), a global search for the next generation of Iranian visual artists; educational events and tours at the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum in London; and art residencies and exhibitions for young Iranian artists at the Delfina Foundation, Parasol Unit and Saatchi Gallery in London.  

MOP grants scholarships in higher education at the Royal College of Art, London Film School and Goldsmiths University in London. It also holds a series of artists’ panel discussions entitled ‘Different Perspectives on Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art’ in collaboration with the British Museum.

The charity’s primary source of funding comes from the auction of artwork donated by established and emerging Iranian artists. Conducted by Sotheby’s and Christie’s and held in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, the success of the fundraising events relies entirely on the participation and support of artists and patrons alike. Sponsorships from organizations and individuals also support MOP’s various projects.

MOP is operated by a group of Iranian art enthusiasts. Its chief executive is Shirley Elghanian. Darya Alikhani is project manager and Fereshteh Mousavi is art director and curator.


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