Bahman Panahi

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Born (1967-09-01) September 1, 1967 (age 54)
Behshahr, Iran
NationalityIranian
EducationUniversity of Tehran, Faculty of Fine Arts, Iran; École des Beaux-Arts de Valenciennes, France; Sorbonne University, France
Known forVisual artist, calligrapher, musician
Spouse(s)Nuria Garcia Masip
Websitehttp://www.bahmanpanahi.com

Bahman Panahi (born September 1, 1967 in Behshahr) is a contemporary Franco-Iranian visual artist, calligrapher, musician, and scholar. Since 2002 he lives and works in Paris, France.

Panahi’s work is intrinsically linked to the artistic concept of “Musicalligraphy”[1][2][3][4], the exploration of the connections, present and hidden, between calligraphy and music. Combining an eastern and western regard, his inspiration is derived from the Persian millenary poetic heritage.[5]

Panahi’s contemporary calligraphic work often explores particular themes, such as “Musicalligraphy”, “Sun”, “Huwa”, “Two”, or “Carpet of Letters”.[6] This later series is perhaps “the best example of his concept of "Musicalligraphy"; inspired by the Persian carpets, “these vibrant canvasses are filled with intricate details, shapes and strokes in multiple colours and directions.”[7]

He has actively participated in calligraphic and art exhibitions, festivals, lectures and music concerts in four continents. He has been invited as a visiting professor and distinguished artist to notable universities such as Harvard University and Northeastern University.[8]

Biography

Early life The youngest son of a large artistic and cultivated family, he was born into the milieu of the arts and grew up surrounded by the rich culture of the Persian artistic traditions.[9]

He graduated from the “Institute of Calligraphers of Iran” (Anjoman Khoshnevisan Iran) where he studied under the great masters of calligraphy Gholam Hossein Amirkhani, Abdollah Foradi and Yadollah Kaboli Khansari.[10]

In parallel to his calligraphic studies, he learned to play the Tar (string instrument) and Setar and deepened his musical knowledge with great masters of Persian classical music like Houshang Zarif, Mohammad-Reza Lotfi and Ataollah Zahed Shirazi.[11]

Panahi graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Tehran in 1992 and continued his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in Valenciennes, France, and then at Sorbonne University in Paris, France, working towards a Ph.D. in visual arts and musicology; the subject of his ongoing doctoral research is on the musicality of lines and points.[12] Panahi has coined the term “Musicalligraphy” to describe his work, a “combination of visual abstraction, calligraphy, and music, his pieces are an exploration of the points where these three arts intersect.”[13]

Career Since 1995 until the present day Panahi has held numerous solo and collective exhibitions, as well as concerts, in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.[14]

In 2005 he participated in the creation of the UNESCO International Orchestra, in the project “Melody for Dialogue Amongst Civilizations.”[15]

He was invited as a “Distinguished Artist” to Harvard University in 2010.[16]

In 2015 he published the book "Le jardin de lettres de Rûmî"[17], presenting a trilingual selection of illustrated poems. From 2018 he is co-authoring a deluxe manuscript limited edition on a selection of poems by Hafez, published by Rare Books in Saint Petersburg, Russia.[18]

Following his own artistic concept of "Musicalligraphy", Bahman Panahi has held many performances combining music and the life creation of abstract contemporary calligraphy in the presence of an audience. In these performances, the visual and melodic characteristics of the two art forms, music and calligraphy, come together in his works, as a way of artistic expression that emphasises “the comprehensive link between the eye and the ear”.[19]

The two significant recent solo exhibitions of Bahman Panahi in 2019, “Musicalligraphy” at the Niavaran Cultural Center/Gallery in Tehran, Iran[20], and "Music of letters", at the Sharjah Calligraphy Museum in Sharjah, U.A.E.[21], held from November 2019 to March 2020, were the reflection of his many years of study, experience and creations on the relation between calligraphy and music.[22]

In parallel to his artistic activities, Bahman Panahi has devoted part of his career to teaching calligraphy, developing his own method, at academic, cultural and artistic institutions in various countries.[23][24][25][26]

A joint virtual exhibition of calligraphy by Iranian calligrapher Bahman Panahi and the Chinese calligrapher of Islamic scripts, Noor Deen Mi Guangjiang, opened at the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO in 2020.[27][28][29]

Personal Life

In 2012 he met his future wife Nuria Garcia Masip, a Spanish calligrapher, during a calligraphy event in Malaysia. They married in 2014 and reside in France.

References

  1. Queyroux, Fabienne (October 8, 2018). "MusiCalligraphie : conférence du 8 octobre 2018". Bibliothèque national de France. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  2. "The relationship between Persian calligraphy & music". The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts. May 21, 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  3. "Встреча с каллиграфом Бахманом Панахи". Russian State Library, Centre for Oriental Literature. February 21, 2020. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  4. "Table-ronde : Rencontre autour de la calligraphie : tradition et réinvention". Hypotheses. October 9, 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  5. "ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY EXPRESSED THROUGH MUSIC, SHOWCASED AT SHARJAH CALLIGRAPHY MUSEUM". Sharjah Museums Authority. November 4, 2019. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  6. "Arabic Calligraphy Inspired By Music In Bahman Panahi's Paintings". The Islamic Arts Magazine. November 12, 2019. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  7. Chaves, Alexandra (November 25, 2019). "When letters sing: the 'musicalligraphy' of Bahman Panahi". The National News. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  8. "Bahman Panahi". ArtScoops. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  9. "Bahman Panahi". United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Iranian National Commission. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  10. "Bahman Panahi". International Exhibition of Calligraphy. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  11. "Bahman Panahi". International Exhibition of Calligraphy. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  12. "Musicalligraphie : étude des convergences conceptuelles entre l'art de la calligraphie et l'art musical". Institut de recherche en Musicologie (IReMus). Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  13. "Bahman Panahi". ArtScoops. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  14. "Bahman Panahi". International Exhibition of Calligraphy. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  15. Melody for Dialogue among Civilizations Association (2015). "Mozart, but not only... A dialogue between traditional, classical and contemporary music on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of UNESCO". United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESDOC) Digital Library. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  16. "MUSIC NEWSLETTER Vol. 10, No. 1/Summer 2010" (PDF). Harvard University Department of Music. 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  17. Panahi, Bahman (2005). Le jardin de lettres de Rûmî. Paris, France: Éditions du Jasmin. ISBN 978-2352841494.
  18. Panahi, Bahman; Dominov, Rashid (2019). Hafiz Shirazi FORTY POEMS. Saint Petersburg, Russia: Rare Books.
  19. "ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY EXPRESSED THROUGH MUSIC, SHOWCASED AT SHARJAH CALLIGRAPHY MUSEUM". Sharjah Museums Authority. November 4, 2019. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  20. "نمایشگاه بزرگ خط نگاره (موزیکالیگرافی) آثار هنرمند گرامی جناب آقای بهمن پناهی در فرهنگسرای نیاوران". Iran Calligraphers' Association. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  21. "ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY EXPRESSED THROUGH MUSIC, SHOWCASED AT SHARJAH CALLIGRAPHY MUSEUM". Sharjah Museums Authority. November 4, 2019. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  22. Chaves, Alexandra (November 25, 2019). "When letters sing: the 'musicalligraphy' of Bahman Panahi". The National News. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  23. "HBDA 5195 - ART CALLIGRAPHIQUE : CALLIGRAPHIE PERSANE". SciencesPo, Paris, France. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  24. "Cours de Calligraphie". Institut des Cultures d'Islam, Paris, France. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  25. "CALLIGRAPHY: INTRODUCTION TO NASTALIQ SCRIPT". The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London, United Kingdom. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  26. "Département de Calligraphy Arabe (DCA)". Faculté des Sciences Islamiques de Paris, France. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  27. ""Silk Script" online exhibit offers works by Iranian, Chinese calligraphers". Tehran Times. October 2, 2020. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  28. "Silk Road exhibition opens in Mashad". The Stringer. October 2, 2020. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  29. "Bahman Panahi". United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Iranian National Commission. Retrieved January 5, 2021.

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