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The Mosaic Rooms 10 Years

Modern Masters and Contemporary Culture from the Arab World and Iran


To celebrate our 10th anniversary, The Mosaic Rooms present an ambitious programme of exhibitions and events running from spring 2018 to autumn 2019. The programme of six exhibitions has two parts, a series of seminal Arab and Iranian modernist artists from Egypt, Iran and Morocco curated by Morad Montazami and a series of group shows presenting contemporary art from these three countries organised in partnership with regional institutions and curators.

Behjat Sadr: Dusted Waters



The Mosaic Rooms presents the first UK exhibition dedicated to Behjat Sadr (1924-2009), now regarded as one of Iran’s most influential and radical visual artists. The exhibition brings together a selection of masterpieces by the artist never seen before in the UK.

An Iranian Art Plot: ‘Westoxication’


15/11/18 7:00 pm
Curator Morad Montazami looks at the emergence and character of Iranian Modernism in conversation with art historian Sussan Babaie and David Hodge.

Friday Late: Cyrus (Collapsing Market)


16/11/18 7:30 pm

Sound artist Cyrus Goberville, grandson of the artist Behjat Sadr, stages a musical performance in response to the exhibition at this special late.



22/11/18 7:00 pm

Explore our current exhibition of radical Iranian artist Behjat Sadr in a different way, in a special tour led by curator Rose Lejeune in conversation artist and curator Azadeh Fatehrad.

Stories in Cities


24/11/18 2:00 pm

Inspired by Tales From Two Cities, families will make artworks together by crafting different stories side by side.

Taqasim Foundation: Maqam Moods


29/11/18 7:00 pm

Oud master Ahmed Mukhtar takes the audience on a musical journey, presenting a brief history of Arabic Maqams.

Performing a Book Launch: Jumana Emil Abboud in conversation


5/12/18 7:00 pm

The Mosaic Rooms are pleased to support this event with artist Jumana Emil Abboud in conversation with curator Catherine Wood at the Terrace Shop, Tate Modern.

Nawal El Saadawi


6/12/18 7:00 pm

Famed author and feminist campaigner Nawal El Saadawi leads a panel discussion on feminist movements in the Arab world and Iran from the 1950’s onwards.

Festive Singalong

Family Fun

8/12/18 2:00 pm

Sing songs together with Palestinian musician Reem KelaniReem’s bi-lingual approach ensures that everyone can join in the festive singalong fun. 

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