Takhti: a modern Iranian hero

Takhti by Khosrow Hassanzadeh

Tour dates: 20 February – 21 August 2010
Tour ended


Takhti by Khosrow Hassanzadeh

Takhti; a modern Iranian hero focused on a single, recently acquired work by Iranian contemporary artist Khosrow Hassanzadeh. The work offers a contemporary perspective on Iranian history, religion and culture. At the heart of this vibrant and colourful work is an image of the wrestler Ghulamreza Takhti who is encased in a shrine-like structure.

Takhti was a Jahan Pahlavan, a ‘World Wrestler’, who won Olympic medals and was idolised during his lifetime for his personality, his courage, his sense of fair play and his kindness.

Hassanzadeh emphasises the reverence felt for Takhti by placing him within a structure that echoes the hejleh, temporary shrines that are put up all over Iran to commemorate the dead and the display is complemented by a number of further objects from the British Museum’s collection.

Supported through the generosity of the Dorset Foundation


Takhti by Khosrow Hassanzadeh. Mixed media, 2007. Reproduced by permission of the artist.