MOP CAP 2011
MOP CAP 2011 - Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize
Morteza Ahmadvand, Parastoo Ahovan, Hojat Amani, Hossein Azadi, Niyaz Azadikhah, Navid Azimi Sajadi, Reza Azimian, Behroo Bagheri, Shahrzad Changalvaee, Alireza Dayani, Shima Esfandiyari, Mehdi Farhadian, Arash Fayez, Babak Golkar, Rodin Hamidi, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Babak Kazemi, Raymar Manouchehrzadeh and Ali Nadjian, Dana Nehdaran, Hesam Rahmanian, Shirin Sabahi, Mamali Shafahi, Najaf Shokri
14 - 19 Mar, 2011
Traffic, Gallery I & II

MOP CAP 2011 Shortlist Exhibition at Traffic, Dubai

Launched in 2009, the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) has become the world’s leading art prize for Iranian artists. Iranian art continues to command the attention of institutions, art collectors and the press worldwide. Last year’s winner, Mahmoud Bakhshi, was awarded a solo exhibition at the Tate Modern, London, as part of their permanent collection.

This year MOP CAP 2011 will exhibit the works of the shortlisted artists at Traffic, Dubai on Monday 14th March. The exhibition will be inaugurated by HE Sheihk Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan at the private view at 6pm. The exhibition will remain open to the public until Saturday 19th March 2011. The 24 shortlisted artists listed above are selected from over 90 nominees.

The 2011 Shortlist was selected by a jury which consists of leading figures from the international art world: Zaha Hadid, Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, Shirazeh Houshiary, Idris Khan, Abaseh Mirvali, Mohammed Mottahedan, Hans Ulrich Orbist and chaired by Ali Khadra.

Following deliberations, the chair of the judges, Ali Khadra, will announce the 5-10 Finalists’ names at 4pm on Monday 14th March at Traffic.

Magic of Persia has also organised a panel discussion taking place on Monday 14th March 2011 following the announcements of the MOP CAP 2011 Finalists at 4pm. The panel discussion entitles ‘Cultural Brokering: Location Allegiance and Transnational Identity’, will be led by curator Vali Mahlouji and its participants comprise of a selection of the MOP CAP 2011 Judges will include Hans Ulrich Orbist, Mohammed Mottahedan, Abaseh Mirvali, Idris Khan and Ali Khadra. The panel discussion aims to broach the relevance of national identity not only within international art prizes, but within the global art scene as a whole.

A catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition. This exhibition is generously hosted by Traffic.

MOP CAP is a global search to identify the most talented emerging Iranian artists and provide an international platform for their career.

Programme of events:

  • Monday 14th March 2011 4pm – Announcements of MOP CAP 2011 Finalists, Traffic, Dubai
  • Monday 14th March 2011 4pm-6pm -Panel discussion “Cultural Brokering- Locational Allegiance and Transnational Identity”, Traffic, Dubai
  • Monday 14th March 2011 6pm-8pm -Private view and cocktail reception, Traffic, Dubai
  • Tuesday 15th March 2011–Saturday 19th March 2011 10am-7pm Exhibition open to the public

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Magic of Persia

Magic of Persia (MOP) is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious charity registered in the UK, working with leading institutions of the world to enable a deeper appreciation for the art, culture and history of Iran.

MOP is at the frontline of pioneering efforts to identify Iranian art as an essential form of international communication. Global in impact, MOP believes that this cross-cultural exchange is both necessary and vital to fostering a dialogue of hope and progress for future generations.