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Navid Nuur

Eruption from the Surface. The Origami Principle in Art (group show)
Marta Herford, Herford
24 February - 3 June 2018

Navid Nuur, Transfigurations, 2011-2012. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Plan B Cluj, Berlin
Navid Nuur, Transfigurations, 2011-2012. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Plan B Cluj, Berlin

Flower buds, wings, and even DNA: the world consists of complex folds, bends and crushes. While folding techniques already have a long cultural history, they are now being rediscovered by science and technology. In spatial experiments, as a game with the senses or with artistic experiment set-ups, this exhibition develops an impressive cosmos of contemporary reflections on the dynamic relationship between surface, space and materiality.

Origami forms a bridge between mathematics and art, between planning and chance, between order and creative chaos. These principles are imitated, reflected and further developed by the artists. Unlike classic sculptural approaches, they create spatial constructs without anything being added or removed, solely through the infinite possibilities of deformation of one or several surfaces.

These three-dimensional objects, whether folded, bent, arched, drawn or on the canvas, playfully take over the exhibition room. This gives rise to filigree works, space occupations or conceptual spaces between sensual perceptibility and surprising perspectives, between rebellious opposition and collapsing form.

Marta Herford, Herford


Additional:

Darren Almond, Navid Nuur et al.

Møenlight Sonata – A homage to the starry sky of Møn (group show)
Kunsthal 44 Møen, Møn
3 June - 9 September 2018

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Kunsthal 44Møen has put together a special constellation of stars under the lyric name "Møenlight Sonata", alluding to Beethoven's 14th sonata for piano, which he also referred to "quasi una fantasia".

Kunsthal 44 Møen, Møn


Navid Nuur

Play Kortrijk - City circuit for contemporary art (city festival)
Various venues, Kortrijk
23 June - 11 November 2018

PLAY is a headstrong city festival organised from 23 June to 11 November 2018 that will take over the centre of Kortrijk with contemporary artworks. You can immerse yourself in the unique world of national and international visual art at diverse indoor and outdoor locations in the city. During PLAY, the city not only serves as a canvas; bit by bit the festival simultaneously dissects our relationship with 'play'. How does play influence our social behaviour? How does 'play' reflect the evolution of our society? How important is play for our motor and cognitive development?

Play - Kortrijk city circuit for contemporary art


Navid Nuur

On longing and consolidation. Art festival Watou 2018 (group show)
Watouplein, Watou
30 June - 2 September 2018


Joan Mitchell, Navid Nuur, Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille et al.

Painting the Night (group show)
Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz
13 October 2018 - 15 April 2019

Night-time has been a major source of inspiration throughout Art History and continued to fascinate artists during the 20ieth century. Though the idea might seem incongruous at first, “painting the night” is, on the contrary, extremely meaningful. To begin with, night-time has never been pitch black, and even less so since the electricity revolution, also it is at night that one may, physically as well as symbolically, experience a form of “detachment from the world” much sought after by modernity. Dusk could very well be a perfect metaphor for the elusive boundary between figuration and abstraction. This exhibition assembles major works by legendary Avant guards as well as younger generations, together with some spectacular installations by contemporary artists, while following the thread of two distinct yet interrelated orientations: painting the night can mean representing night or painting at night. There is, here, a choice between perfecting our perception of the environment and simply closing one’s eyes. Painting without seeing because one’s perception is obscured or breaking free from the physicality of the retina, that is the question.

Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz


Navid Nuur

Entrelacs (duo show with Victor Man)
Centre d'édition contemporaine, Geneva
18 May - 15 September 2018

Navid Nuur, Untitled (Entrelacs), 2017-18. Photo: Studio Navid Nuur
Navid Nuur, Untitled (Entrelacs), 2017-18. Photo: Studio Navid Nuur

For his exhibition at the CEC, Victor Man invites Navid Nuur not so much to create a common work but rather to establish a dialog and to underline a certain kinship between their artistic practices: their use of traditional and handcrafted techniques – watercolour for the one and ceramics for the other -, their common references to materials that bear strong symbolic and poetic meaning – minerals, water, fire -, their personal and artistic background, but also their ties to childhood, to memory and perhaps to nostalgia. A shared way of revisiting the significant initiatory stages that rendered this duo possible and natural, offering an installation alternating the watercolors of Victor Man and the ceramics of Navid Nuur.

Centre d'édition contemporaine, Geneva


Navid Nuur

The Gift (permanent installation)
International Criminal Court premises in The Hague

Navid Nuur, The Gift, 2016
Navid Nuur, The Gift, 2016

The sculpture ‘The Gift’ by artist Navid Nuur marks the entrance of the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The artwork is situated in the public area by the entrance in the dunes of The Hague.

A jury unanimously chose Navid Nuur’s design because its apparent simplicity contains clear universal imagery and has iconic value.

Navid Nuur: ‘The design radiates a sense of security, confidence, energy and strength. I wanted to do justice to the diversity and complexity of the cases dealt with by the ICC and at the same time relate at a profound level to the essence of what it means to be human and the universal emotions that connect us as people.’

The work of the ICC evokes emotions of joy and victory, but grief and loss play an equally big part. The stainless steel sculpture is based on the shape of salt crystals found in tears. Tears are a universal expression of emotions of happiness, triumph and relief, but also sorrow, pain, anger anddisappointment. Salt crystals are also found in the sea that connects all continents and sand dunes with which The Hague is inextricably linked. So the sculpture not only symbolises human emotions, but also the connection of continents and the natural setting of the host city.

Nuur entitled his work‘TheGift’to emphasise the ICC’s importance as an institution for international criminal law. The Court is a gift to the international community because it helps apply humanity’s gift for restoring societies. The artwork is also a gift in the literal sense: a gift from host nation the Netherlands to the ICC, to celebrate the opening of the new premises. The sculpture is situated at the corner of Oude Waalsdorperweg and Van Alkemadelaan in The Hague.

The International Criminal Court was established in 2002 as a permanent court for prosecuting and trying suspects of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The court is based in The Hague: city of peace, security and justice. More information on the ICC can be found atwww.icc-cpi.int.

Designs by three finalists were presented to a jury formed by the Director of Museum De Pont, the President of the ICC, the Secretary-General of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a representative of the Mayor of The Hague. Navid Nuur’s design‘The Gift’was unanimously selected as the host nation’s gift to the ICC.

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Navid Nuur, The Gift, 2016