NMAG Curator Lih-Lan Wong, Dutch Ambassador Susanna Terstal, NMAG Founder Emmelie Koster and exhibition co-curator Zohreh Deldadeh opening the exhibition in Ace Gallery


No Man’s Art Gallery opened two exhibitions in the last week of May in Tehran, showcasing the work of 23 international and Iranian artists at two separate exhibition locations. The exhibition was the ninth in a series of international pop-up galleries that NMAG has been organising since 2011 to break the art market open for emerging artists worldwide.

Participating artists were: Arya Tabandehpoor (IR) | Bertrand Peyrot (FR) | Hu Xing Yi (CN) | Julie Nymann (DK) | Lehlogonolo Mashaba (SA) | Lindokuhle Sobekwa (SA)| Majid Biglari (IR) |Mattijn Franssen (NL) | Maxim Santalov (RU) | Mehrdad Jafari (IR) | Merijn Kavelaars (NL) | Mette Colberg (DK) | Mia Chaplin (SA) | Mitchell Gilbert Messina (SA) | Mongezi Ncaphayi (SA) | Olivie Keck (SA) | Pebofatso Mokoena (SA) | Ruben Cabenda (SU) | Sam Samiee (IR) | Sepide Zamani (IR) | Shirin Mohammad (IR) | Simone Engelen (NL)



A group of international NMAG artists at the opening of the uptown gallery space


The exhibition was a collaboration between the artists and three curators, Zohreh Deldadeh, Lih-Lan Wong and Emmelie Koster. The Pop-Up Gallery in Tehran was split between two spaces, the uptown space located in Ace-gallery and the downtown space in an empty house that was transformed into a gallery by the No Man’s Art Gallery team. The exhibition was a great success with more than 400 people attending the uptown space opening and 200 attendees at the downtown space. Local media and public responded with great enthusiasm to the exhibition. No Man’s Art and the present artists where successful in building sustainable relationships in the arts scene in Tehran and the project has opened routes for cultural dialogue between the Netherlands and Iran as well as internationally. No Man’s Art Gallery will nourish those ties for future collaborations and projects, with the next exhibition already in the pipelines.




South African photographer Lindokuhle Sobekwa talking to visitors about his work at the downtown space.


On our website we will soon present the Iranian artists that joined the gallery in Tehran. Keep an eye out on our newsletter, social media and this blog to learn more about their work, and when to see it in a pop-up gallery near you.


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Cover image: ‘Slides Series’, Arya Tabandehpoor, 2011-2014.
Image credits Behnam Sadighi & Cassie Hu.