A thriving platform for contemporary and modern art situated on the picturesque Côte d'Azur, Art Monte-Carlo showcases works from around the globe by prominent international galleries, enabling artistic dialogue between artists and collectors. The previous edition of the fair hosted almost forty galleries from around the world, with an ‘art-salon’ style set-up. Commencing end of April, the fourth edition of Art Monte-Carlo will be home to a host of renowned galleries, with works by Franco-Iranian artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar at the heart of German-based Setareh Gallery’s booth. Since the launch of Setareh Gallery in Düsseldorf, Germany, it has represented the diversity of Iranian art illustrating the ways in which it has evolved since the ‘60s.
Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar, 'Eternal Wholeness', 2018/19, Oil on canvas, 160x120 cm. Courtesy of Setareh Gallery
Renowned for vibrant representations of Persian designs and compositions rich with colour, Bakhtiar has had a long-lived passion to paint Iran in a different light through his art. “My signature textured scraped paintings represent the layers of energy and feelings,” says Bakhtiar. “My work touches a broad spectrum of subjects revolving around existentialism and exploration of one’s Self.”
Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar, 'Eternal Spring II', 2017, Oil on canvas, 100 x 70 cm. Courtesy of Setareh Gallery
The artist's unique compositions celebrate his personal history and cultural identity through eclectic patterns and landscapes. “I paint from one layer to another to create complex works referencing to a prosperous way of life, human evolution, the universal language, eternal feelings and Self, history, present and future, awakening a strong sense of experiencing positive emotions and transcendence, while accessing my audience's psyche to bring about locked knowledge, intuition and human sensitivity,” he shares.
Gregor Gleiwitz, '10.12.2018', 2019, Oil on canvas, 252 x 201 cm. Courtesy of Setareh Gallery
Representing a variety of regional art at the Grimaldi Forum, the fair will unveil a range of Bakhtiar’s new works in a country that he feels a deep connection with. “Monaco has been a place I have been calling home for quite some time now and as an artist who resides in the neighbouring Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and having had roots in the principality from a very young age, I am very much excited to be showcasing a selection of my new paintings,” he says.
Reza Derakshani, 'Green Hunt', 2017, Oil, glitter and tar on canvas, 158x203 cm. Courtesy of Setareh Gallery
During the fair, Setareh Gallery will also present a selection of works tracing back to the ‘50s from Iranian and European artists including Iranian artist Reza Derakshani, French-German painter Hans Hartung and Polish artist Gregor Gleiwitz. Following Art Monte-Carlo, Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar’s solo exhibition titled Extremis will launch 24 October 2019 at Setareh Gallery Düsseldorf, Germany.
Hans Hartung, 'T1980-H10', 1980, acrylic on canvas, 162x100 cm. Courtesy of Setareh Gallery
Art Monte-Carlo will commence on 26 April until 28 April 2019 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco