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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

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Bahman Mohassess

Sunday 3 November,

Tickets £5
Members/Concessions £3

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

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Bahman Mohassess (1931–2010) was one of the most significant Modernist artists of Iran. Although well known for his remarkable oil paintings, sculptural works and public commissions, for much of his life he remained reclusive.

To mark the British Museum’s acquisition of a group of his important collage pieces, this afternoon event will explore the art and personality of the artist through a conversation with Mohassess’s friend Iranian filmmaker and writer Ebrahim Golestan and a biographical history by curator Vali Mahlouji.

The feature film Fifi Howls From Happiness by Mitra Farahani documenting the final days of Mohassess will also be shown as a preview ahead of its full UK premiere at the Vue at the Light Cinema on 12 Nov at 16.30 and 14 Nov at 18.30 as part of the Leeds International Film Festival: leedsfilm.com/films/fifi-howls-happiness

In collaboration with Magic of Persia.

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