The life of an artist influences his work which lends expression to the lived experiences. As a painter, Hamid Sadighi Neiriz becomes impressively apparent through his work, which has emerged over several decades. The different facets of his life have developed through continents, cultures and professions: partly parallel to one another, following one another but always with the same intensity, energy, passion and perhaps restlessness. The whole being directed and supported by firm convictions. What is certain is that the arts are at the heart of his activities, while literature, music, archaeology, art history, the history of mankind as well as the collection of works of art, are the aesthetic-scientific base. 

 

Hamid Sadighi chose the artist name Neiriz after the Neiriz region of Iran, from whom his family finds its roots. Born in 1947 in Tehran, he spends his childhood and youth in Iran. Among his line of nomads' ancestors, his paternal grandfather bore the title of a khan (chieftain). Besides, his childhood was filled with Persian myths read by his mother such as the “Shahname”, the “Book of Kings”, by the poet Firdausī (940–1020) and by his visits to the Iranian National Museum which left him a deep impression of the archaeological and historical traditions of the country. 

 

At the age of 17, Neiriz embarked on a journey to Europe, aiming for West Berlin to take up art studies. Since then, Berlin has remained his home town.

 

Neiriz begins to study in 1966, initially architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts (now University of the Arts), but after a few semesters, he switches to art photography, which he practices continuously in the 70s. From 1972 onward he takes up multiannual studies of art history and archaeology at the Technical University (TU), art history and ethnology at the Free Universität (FU) – in connection with excursions and archaeological excavations.

During his studies, Neiriz attended several excavations in the surroundings of Alban Hills in Rome. Later, while in close contact with the Museum of Islamic Art, he oriented himself towards Islamic Studies: “After I had experienced a kind of cultural epiphany, I went [1975] to Iran to study archaeology, and to dedicate myself to Persian literature and philosophy". 

 

From summer 1976 to winter 1977 Neiriz attended the lectures of Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr on the philosophy of Suhrawardi­ at the University of Tehran and of Professor Abdolhossein ­Zarrinkoub on the Masnavi of Rumi. During that period, he focused on Archaeology with Professor Ezzatollah Negahban, followed by various excavation expeditions in 1977 under Negahban’s direction in the east of Sefid Rud.

After a year Neiriz returned to Berlin but soon got back to Isfahan, to research his doctoral thesis at the Madrasah Chahar Bagh under the supervision of Professor Honarfar.

During a break in one of the traditional tea rooms he discovered by accident or fortune an antique nomadic kilim, which brought up associations with compositions of classical modern paintings, and he set out to search for similar pieces: “This discovery was incredibly exciting for me, and when I look back, it has changed my life". The excitement was rooted in the understanding of the artistic value of nomadic weaving, which so far had hardly been perceived.

Neiriz started a collection, explored origins, travelled to the nomads and their khans. 

BIOGRAPHY 

 

2018/19           Solo Exhibition "Retrospective 1968-2018" - Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran

2017                 Group Exhibition "Altpersien und Abstraktion“ - Anahita Arts of Asia, Berlin 

2017                 Solo Exhibition "Hamid S. Neiriz Masken" - Andrea Madesta Gallery, Regensburg

2016                 Group Exhibition "Ursprung und Moderne“ - Anahita Arts of Asia, Berlin 

2014                 Exhibition, Galerie Forum Berlin am Meer, Berlin

2014                 Exhibition "100 Kelims" - Großen Halle des Volksparks, Halle

2001/2002       Solo Exhibition "Kult, Magie und Abstraktion“ African Tribal Art and works by Hamid S. Neiriz -                                    Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin

2001/2002       Exhibition "Nomadenlager" - Ethnologic Museum Berlin, Berlin

1998/1999       Exhibition "Das Bauhaus webt", Berlin

1985                 Exhibition "Webkunst in der DDR", Berlin

1979                 Solo Photo Exhibition "Tableaux Parisiens“  - Deutsch Französische Gesellschaft, Berlin                             

1978                 Solo Photo Exhibition  "Farbfotografien“ - Goethe Institut, Tehran

1976                 Solo Photo Exhibition "Hamid Sadighi" - Iran modern Art Gallery, Tehran

EXHIBITIONS 

2018/19           Solo Exhibition "Retrospective 1968-2018" - Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran

2017                 Group Exhibition "Altpersien und Abstraktion“ - Anahita Arts of Asia, Berlin 

2017                 Solo Exhibition "Hamid S. Neiriz Masken" - Andrea Madesta Gallery, Regensburg

2016                 Group Exhibition "Ursprung und Moderne“ - Anahita Arts of Asia, Berlin 

2014                 Exhibition, Galerie Forum Berlin am Meer, Berlin

2014                 Exhibition "100 Kelims" - Großen Halle des Volksparks, Halle

2001/2002       Solo Exhibition "Kult, Magie und Abstraktion“ African Tribal Art and works by Hamid S. Neiriz -                                    Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin

2001/2002       Exhibition "Nomadenlager" - Ethnologic Museum Berlin, Berlin

1998/1999       Exhibition "Das Bauhaus webt", Berlin

1985                 Exhibition "Webkunst in der DDR", Berlin

1979                 Solo Photo Exhibition "Tableaux Parisiens“  - Deutsch Französische Gesellschaft, Berlin                             

1978                 Solo Photo Exhibition  "Farbfotografien“ - Goethe Institut, Tehran

1976                 Solo Photo Exhibition "Hamid Sadighi" - Iran modern Art Gallery, Tehran

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelims und Andere Flachgewebe

By Hamid Sadighi Neiriz and Karin Hawkes with a contribution by John T. Wertime

A beautifully produced large format catalogue of the Neiriz Collection of antique kilims and other flatweaves from Anatolia, the Transcaucasus region and Persia, with many previously unpublished and unseen examples of the highest quality, some of them ‘best of type’. The 190 kilims and other types of village, tribal and nomadic flatweaves illustrated represent the entire Neiriz Collection, past and present, including a small number of pieces now in the Ignazio Vok and other leading collections.

268 pages // 190 colour plates // German and English text // 300 x 370 // hardbound with jacket

 

Kelims der Nomaden und Bauern Persiens

By Hamid Sadighi Neiriz und Karin Hawkes, 1990

 

Kult, Magie und Abstraktion 

By Hamid Sadighi Neiriz, 2001

Afrikanische Stammeskunst und Bilder von Hamid S. Neiriz.

Austellung 26.10.2001 - 17.02.2002 / Zitadelle Spandau

 

Kunst und das Unsichtbare

By Hamid Sadighi Neiriz, 2017

Austellung 31.03.2017 - 27.05.2017 / Galerie Andrea Madesta

 

Neiriz Retrospective 1968-2018

By Hamid Sadighi Neiriz, 2018

Austellung 15.11.2017 - 28.02.2018 / Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

 

 

 

 

 

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