“Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians” in Toronto
February 4 – June 4, 2017
Iran’s current climate may not immediately conjure ideas of creative freedom, but as this varied and lively show demonstrates, artists there are currently wrestling with the same themes—politics, gender, religion—as those in the Western world, albeit from a very different perspective. There’s an engaging spirit of rebellion in the twenty-three contemporary Iranian artists represented in this collection of post-Revolutionary art, ranging from painting and video to sculpture and photographs from 1988 onwards. Be sure to stroll by the placid pools of the formal gardens onsite before you leave: It’s a great vantage point from which to take in the building, a sleek piece of art in itself by Pritzker Prize–winner Fumihiko Maki. Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr., Toronto; agakhanmuseum.org.