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November 2016
Exhibition as Editing Exercise | A project by Nader Koochaki | Winner of MOP CAP 2015
A project by NADER KOOCHAKI winner of MOP CAP 2015

Exhibition Open: 10 - 17 November 2016
Monday-Friday 10am-6pm,
Saturday 11am-5pm

10 November, 6-9 pm 
Sophia Contemporary Gallery
11 Grosvenor St, London W1K 4QB

5 December
Delfina Foundation
29/31 Catherine Place, London SW1E 6DY

CLICK HERE to view the press release. 

Exhibition as Editing Excercise by Nader Koochaki, is a special project created for the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) 2015 winner’s exhibition. Constructed around a discussion with Iranian architect and urban planner Mohammed Reza Haeri, the project documents and brings to display the work-in-progress, the past and on-going accumulation of research for Nader Koochaki’s Asphalt Roll – charting the urban practices and contemporary movements of Tehran and its adjacent geographies. In this context, Exhibition as Editing Exercise studies and further speculates with an editorial process as a platform for artistic research and dissemination, where travels, events, discourses and observations presented as displays of photography, gathered objects and artefacts are shown in the process of entering and leaving the pages of a book, hovering between the representational space of the display and the peripheral space beyond the cropmarks.

As the editorial space crosses borders with the exhibition, occupying the floors of the gallery, it also knowingly allows the public to enter into its editorial frame. Thus, the following outcome, Exhibition as Editing Exercise as a book, brings into focus the dualities and breadth of artistic research as a constellation of work that often finds itself beyond conventional or conclusive formats and timelines.


The MOPCAP 2015 Winner’s Award has been generously sponsored by MHA London. The exhibition space has been generously donated by the Sophia Contemporary Gallery
The artist residency and publication launch is in collaboration with the Delfina Foundation.


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12 September 
Exhibition Preview & Cocktail Reception 

7- 9 pm
Sotheby's, 2029 Century Park East, LA

13 September 
Panel Discussion & Film Premiere 

3- 5pm
Brown Auditorium
LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, LA

15 September
VIP Seated Dinner & Art Auction 

* This event is non-ticketed and by invitation only
Craft Restaurant

This week of Contemporary Iranian Art marks MOP's second venture into the Los Angeles art community! The exciting program for the week includes a group exhibition and live auction of artworks donated by contemporary Iranian artists to the Friends of MOP Foundation, as well as a panel discussion and film premiere to be held at the Brown Auditorium at LACMA. 

Alongside a spectacular work by Fereydoun Ave donated to the charity, and three lithographs created by HIM Farah Pahlavi, this exhibition will feature artwork by
20 emerging and established Iranian artists based in Iran and the diaspora. 

To view a full list of contributing artists, click here
For more information, click here




European Women in Persian Houses



2- 5.30 pm

BP Lecture Theatre
The British Museum, London


Farangi Women and Me, Print by Parviz Tanavoli 2014, produced by KA:V editions 2014. British Museum  2016,6013.1.4



MOP Foundation was delighted to host an afternoon of talks to celebrate the publication by I.B. Tauris of European Women in Persian Houses by celebrated artist Parviz Tanavoli. Introduced by Venetia Porter, assistant keeper & curator, Islamic & Contemporary Middle East, British Museum, the event includes a book launch and reception.


Maryam Eisler, author & collector 

Moya Carey, curator, V&A
Layla Diba, art historian & curator

This event is free, but booking is essential.

This program is part of "Different Perspectives on Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art", a series of public programmes sponsored by Magic of Persia and held in collaboration with the British Museum since it's launch in 2012. 







Interviews about the Road, the Drive and the Dark Matter 


Friday 29 April / جمعه ۱۰ اردیبهشت

6pm (GMT+ 3.30)



Hirad Amiri
Ali Gholipour 
Jalal Mousavi


This event is organised by the MOP Foundation at the KNACK Art Group space, as part of the MOP CAP 2015 winner Nader Koochaki's on-going project research. The discussion is co-moderated by the MOP CAP 2015 curator Mika Savela and Fereshte Moosavi. 








Touring Exhibition & Auction 



The final part in our travelling exhibition which began at the Niavaran Cultural Centre in Tehran, was opened with a private reception, dinner and auction at the JAMM Art Gallery in Dubai on 13 March 2016.


The exhibition preview and reception was following by a seated dinner, inaugurated by our keynote speaker HE Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mubarak Al Nahayan. The dinner was then followed by an auction of the exhibited works. 

To view images from the event, click here

To view a video of HE Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mubarak Al Nahayan's speeck, click here













Fondation Behnam Bakhtiar interviews MOP's founder & director Shirley Elghanian on the foundation's recent venture to Tehran, Dubai & more... 










Remembering Tomorrow


Magic of Persia’s founder & director Shirley Elghanian gives Joobin Bekhrad the skinny on the foundation’s exclusive gala and auction of contemporary Iranian art in Dubai









Touring Exhibition & Auction 



With our first ever venture into the heart of the Iranian capital, the 'Remembering Tomorrow' exhibition opened in Tehran on the 19 February at the Niavaran Cultural Centre, with an Exhibition Preview & Cocktail Reception held from 4 - 8 PM. 

Dedicated to contemporary Iranian art, the first part in this travelling exhibition showcased an eclectic selection of contemporary artwork, donated by emerging and established artists.


The exhibition was open to the public from 

20 -23 February 2016





To view images from the event, Click Here 






MOP CAP 2015 in the November/December issue of Canvas Magzine







To view the article featuring MOP CAP by Gareth Harris in The Art Newspaper, click here






MOPCAP 2015 Finalists

VIP Private View, Dinner & Auction


Saturday 3rd October 2015 at EOA Projects Gallery Space


The event, which was by invitation only began with a private view and reception
followed by a dinner of Iranian cuisine accompanied by live sound and performances by Bijan Moosavi and Fari Bradley


An Auction was also held in which the finalist pieces were sold, and the MOP CAP 2015 Winner's exhibition was generously sponsored by MHA London (Property Developers & Investors)


To view images from the VIP Dinner, click here


To listen to a podcast from the event, click here






MOPCAP 2015 Finalists

Opening Reception & Cocktail Party


Monday 28th September 2015

at the EOA Projects Gallery Space.


The exhibition ran from the 28th September - 2nd November 2015






A huge congratulations to all of the artists on their fantastic work and a wonderful exhibition!


To view images from the event click here








Nicky Nodjoumi: From Tehran to New York

Different Perspectives on Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art

Iranian artist Nicky Nodjoumi is represented in the British Museum collection through several works including the recently acquired "The Accident". At this special event Nodjoumi talked about this magnificent work in the context of his artistic practice and took the audience through a biographical journey. This was followed by a conversation between the artist and Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, New York in which they explored Nicky Nodjoumi’s practice within a historical context. The afternoon was introduced and chaired by British Museum curator Venetia Porter with concluding remarks by Vali Mahlouji.
To read more about this event, held at the British Museum on the 31st May 2015, click here, To view images and to hear a sound recording from this event click here



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