Mount Stuart Trust to Host Exhibition by Iranian Artist Abbas Akhavan

Mount Stuart is a Neo-Gothic mansion on the Isle of Bute, on the Firth of Clyde. Since 2001, this magnificent building has provided both the inspiration and location for an acclaimed Contemporary Visual Arts Programme. The Programme enables the Trust to promote and facilitate interest in the contemporary visual arts and bring exhibitions of international standard to Bute and Argyll.

The Mount Stuart Trust is delighted to announcea solo exhibition by Tehran born artist Abbas Akhavanentitled study for a garden. In his first exhibition in Scotland, Akhavan will present a series of works in the gardens along with a site specific commission.  This exhibition is very much residency based as Akhavan has undertaken travels on a regular basis to immerse himself in residencies.

Inspired by his forays into the gardens at Mount Stuart, Akhavan’s installation in the vaulted sandstone crypt titledvariations on a folly,incorporates elements from the surrounding areas into the underbelly of the house. The new work reflects the artist’s ongoing explorations into spaces and species from nearby grounds, in particular the domesticated landscapes and woodlands at Mount Stuart.  The project continues with an audio work to be experienced during a walk from the house through the grounds, past meandering streams, to the vegetable gardens.

The work of Abbas Akhavan ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video, sculpture and performance. The direction of his research has been deeply influenced by the specificity of the sites where he works: the architectures that house them, the economies that surround them, and the people that frequent them. The domestic sphere, which he proposes as a space between hospitality and hostility, has been an ongoing area of study in his practice. More recent works have wandered into spaces and species just outside the home: the garden, the backyard, and other domesticated landscapes.


His solo exhibitions include Chisenhale Gallery, London (2021); the CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco (2019); and Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2017). Recent group exhibitions include Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2022); Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2018); Sharjah Biennial 13, UAE (2017); and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2016). Residencies include Fogo Island Arts, Fogo Island, Canada (2019, 2016, 2013); Atelier Calder, Saché, France (2017); and The Watermill Center, New York, USA (2011). He is the recipient of the Fellbach Triennial Award (2017); Sobey Art Award (2015); Abraaj Group Art Prize (2014); and the Berliner Kunstpreis (2012).

Please call +44 (0)1700 503877 for further information or visit www.mountstuart.com Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute PA20 9LR

Irene Brown

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