German sculptor Günther Uecker and eight Iranian artists are displaying their artworks in an exhibition titled ‘Huldigung an Hafez’ (Tribute to Hafez) in the Goethe Museum, Düsseldorf, Germany until November 15.
The collection has been inspired by the odes of the Persian poet Hafez. Uecker created a collection of graphical works in which the poems are transformed into colors, and the sounds of the poems into written images.
This method of translating spoken language into pictorial expressions has characterized the artist’s oeuvre since the 1970s.
Uecker has displayed his special reading of Hafez poems with bright colors. He is in a place without time and space and looks at the ecstatic atmosphere of the universe, and this perspective originates from the spirituality of the poems.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak and social distancing, this exhibition is underway in cyberspace.
In 2016, Uecker first displayed his collection (under the same name) in Shiraz, where the mausoleum of Hafez lies. The Imam Ali (PBUH) Religious Arts Museum in Tehran, the Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Kerman Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as Mashahd, Rasht, Bushehr and Kish Island hosted the exhibition, ISNA reported.
Morteza Tarsali from Shiraz, Mohammadreza Yazdi from Tehran, Ali Mahboubi-Sufiani from Isfahan, Shahriyar Rezaei from Kerman, Babak Montazeri from Mashhad, Arefeh Arad from Rasht, Farzad Dashtizadeh from Bushehr, and Neda Ayati from Kish Island are displaying their installation works at the German museum.
Uecker’s oeuvre includes paintings, art objects and installations as well as stage designs and films. He is mainly interested in the Eastern European avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s, but he is likewise fascinated by Asian cultures and their ideas.
His works can be seen in collections and at large fairs in both the West and the East. Uecker’s artistic creativity reached a climax in 2000, with the prayer room he designed for the rebuilt Reichstag building in Berlin.