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Wim Delvoye in Iran

Contemporary Art | After the rejection of his proposal for a sculpture park in Belgium, the Flemish artist Wim Delvoye has chosen Iran as the location for a new art center. In 2013, he bought five palaces in the historic center of Kashan, southeast of Teheran, and has begun restoring them.

Studio Wim Delvoye © Studio Wim Delvoye, Belgium
Studio Wim Delvoye
© Studio Wim Delvoye, Belgium

Only very recently having become a tourist destination, the country has seen a 35% rise in tourism since 2013 thanks to a renewal of trade with Western nations and the restitution of air routes… and growth estimates are at over 4%. In a nation cut off from the world since the 1979 revolution, Wim Delvoye launches a groundbreaking project in Kashan, a city known for its artisans : promoting local and national artists in future exhibitions, lending the endeavor the legitimacy his name holds internationally, and creating links with Western artists – a creative mix.
The Flemish artist is tapping into on a rich cultural landscape where thinkers and creators work together in developing their burgeoning scene, with the support of public policies.
This project participates in a current trend of artists creating their own museums and foundations (Pistoletto, Hirst, Venet, Schütte…). Wim Delvoye presents an alternative to the Western museum model, harnessing existing energies… in order to connect the dynamism of the Middle East with contemporary creation in the West. To be continued.

Valentin Heinrich
Publié le 09/10/2016
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