Following the 2018 acquisition of Privileged Points – a monumental sculpture work by Iranian artist Nairy Baghramian (*1971) – into the Mudam Collection, Mudam Luxembourg – Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean is proud to invite Baghramian to present her work for the launch of the Park Dräi Eechelen new sculpture programme. The installation of the artworks will be split between two locations, the collection piece will be displayed in the Grand Hall of the museum while the accompanying two works of the series will occupy the esplanade of Park Dräi Eechelen. In 2018 Nairy Baghramian was the invited artist for the Festival d’Automne in Paris, and her work has recently been presented in museums and art institutions such as the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis and the Palacio de Cristal – Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, as well as the 54th Venice Biennale (2011) and documenta 14 (2017).
As suggested by the title – Privileged Points – the sites of these bent and lacquered metal forms are the result of a carefully considered selection. According to Baghramian, the sites indicate the so called “ideal” locations for the display of her sculptures, they include museum floors, walls, immediate outdoors and the surrounding areas and the chosen locations offer specific vantage points that convey underlying meaning.
Baghramian’s sculptures are made of steel, bronze, silicone, resin or leather and are reminiscent of protuberances, cavities, drips and prostheses which occasionally recall parts of the human body while putting emphasis on relation to architecture, craftsmanship and decoration. Baghramian values the methods with which her pieces are arranged and presented within a site, and by doing so, she questions function and history of the presentation space. Often arranged in a falsely disordered fashion or by incorporating fine and fragile structures that seem on the verge of collapse, her works are characterised by a sense of instability that reflects the artist’s relationship with the sculptural domain and art history.
Nairy Baghramian was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1971. She lives and works in Berlin. Her work has been the subject of several personal exhibitions at Palacio de Cristal – Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid (2018), the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (2017-2018), the SMK in Copenhagen (2018), the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas (2018), the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg (2017), the S.M.A.K., Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent (2016), Museo Tamayo in Mexico (2015) and the Art Institute of Chicago (2014). Baghramian has participated in several major events and Biennales, including the Paris Autumn Festival (2018), the 14th Lyon Biennale (2017), documenta 14 in Kassel (2017), Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017 and 2007), the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014), Glasgow International (2012), the 54th Venice Biennale (2011) and the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008). She has been awarded the Zurich Art Prize (2016), the Arnold-Bode Prize (2014), the Hector Prize (2012) and the Ernst Schering Prize (2007).