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Nicky Nodjoumi

Nicky Nodjoumi (b. 1942, Kermanshah) left Iran shortly after the Islamic Revolution in 1979. His works typically employ a narrative approach to painting to shed light, in a theatrical and enigmatic way, on contemporary politics. Combining motifs from press cuttings with other incongruous elements, Nodjoumi creates compositions that typically feature male figures, dressed in a suit and tie, in dreamlike or nightmarish situations. The artist’s large-sized pen and ink drawings often function in the manner of a palimpsest in which various layers are superimposed. On the fringes of the main event, a series of figures derived from the ancient tradition of Persian miniatures, are visible whilst the drops of black ink, suggest an act of violence.


  1. Nicky Nodjoumi Intriguing Gesture, 2013

    Encre sur papier
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2022 – American Friends of Mudam, Collection Raymond J. Learsy
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi | Mudam Luxembourg

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