TEHRAN – A work by German artist Karl Schlamminger has been donated to the Niavaran Cultural and Historical Complex in Tehran.
The work titled in Persian “In Niz Bogzard”, literally means “And so it goes”, belonged to Iranian art lovers Masud Kazari, Behruz Ataifard, Mohammad-Taqi Erfanpur and Mehdi Fakhrizadeh.
They donated the artwork to the resort for safe keeping, Niavaran Resort Manager Maryam Jalali said in a press release on Tuesday.
The resort has not released any photos of the work, calling it a calligraphic painting that Schlamminger made about 70 years ago with 288 wooden frames on a piece of goatskin.
After a light restoration, “In Niz Bogzard” will be presented in an appropriate place of the complex.
As a sculptor, graphic designer, architect and painter, Schlamminger was a lover of Iranian culture and mysticism, and had extensive knowledge of Persian script and calligraphy.
He pursued a teaching career at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Tehran University from 1968 to 1979, during which many Iranian artists, including Mohammad Ehsai and Mostafa Dashti, achieved mastery.
An abstract sculpture by Schlamminger adorns the Niavaran Cultural and Historical Complex in its southern corridor.
Best known for his design of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture logo, in which the word Allah is repeated eight times in rectangular Kufic characters to create an interlocking central diamond pattern, Schlamminger died in 2017 at the age of 82.
He also designed the Global Pluralism Award sculpture, in which the three-dimensional latticework produces a plurality of intersections, offering ever new viewpoints, symbolizing pluralism.
His sculptures were inspired by his obsession with complex geometries and shapes that at first glance may defy logic.
Examples of his public sculpture range from a number of works commissioned for the garden sculpture of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran to the “Floating Obelisk” sponsored by the Borusan Society in Istanbul, and his “Pending Obelisk” on Joachimstaler Platz in Charlottenburg-Berlin. .
Pictured: A file photo shows a calligraphic work by Karl Schlamminger at the Ismaili Center in London.