Abbas Akhavan, curtain call, variations on a folly (2021). Installation view. Commissioned and produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London. Courtesy of the artist, The Third Line & Catriona Jeffries. Photo: Andy Keate
In June, CC will open the first Scandinavian solo exhibition by Abbas Akhavan (b. 1977 in Tehran, Iran; lives and works in Montreal, Canada). Akhavan’s work ranges from site-specific installation to performance, drawing, sculpture and video. In highly alluring and poetic works, Akhavan picks up complex geopolitical narratives, investigating the historical, architectural and social structures of a specific area or place. Sourcing the Glyptotek’s rich collections of ancient Middle Eastern art, Akhavan presents a single exhibition spread across both institutions – from CC’s raw industrial spaces to the Glyptotek’s historical architecture.
The exhibition is the first in a series reflecting a three-year partnership between CC and the Glyptotek, employing international contemporary art to provide new perspectives on the cultural heritage of the ancient world and its importance today.