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Mudam Collection

Collection presentation

The Mudam Collection’s new presentation, on view from 30 June 2023 to 18 February 2024, has been entrusted to two guest curators, Shirana Shahbazi (b. 1974, Tehran), a photographer, and Tirdad Zolghadr (b. 1973, Iran), an independent curator, writer and critic. By extending this invitation, the museum opens itself up to a critical look at the works in its collection, which will in turn be enriched by this new reading.

In 2005, Shirana Shahbazi and Tirdad Zolghadr, together with Manuel Krebs (b. 1970, Bern), founded the artist collective Shahrzad, which is interested in ideologies shaping globalisation and more specifically, the relations between East and West within the geopolitical whole. The perspectives that Shirana Shahbazi and Tirdad Zolghadr bring to the works in Mudam Collection also offer a chance to contemplate the future of a contemporary art collection that, in order to remain relevant, must confront contemporary debates and permanently remain an object of reflection that can be activated to avoid getting fixed in the past.

Shirana Shahbazi (b. 1974, Tehran) first studied photography at the Fachhochschule, Dortmund before joining the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Zürich. Her work has been the subject of monographic exhibitions in numerous institutions, notably Kunsthaus Hamburg (2018); Instituto Svizzero, Milan (2018); Museum Fotogalleriet, Oslo (2017); KINDL, Berlin (2017), and Kunsthalle Bern (2014). In 2005, she participated in the 51st Venice Biennial. Her work is part of the collections of Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Guggenheim Museum, New York; MoMA, New York, and Migros Museum, Zürich, among others. In 2019, Shahbazi was awarded the Meret Oppenheim Prize. She lives and works in Zürich.

Tirdad Zolghadr (b. 1973, Iran) is an independent curator, critic and writer. He is a regular contributor to Frieze and Cabinet. He is the author of novels and essays including Traction (2016) and, with Nav Haq, Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie – Class Hegemony in Contemporary Art (2010). In 2005, he was the co-curator of the Taipei and Sharjah Biennials and in 2009 was appointed the curator of the United Arab Emirates Pavilion at the Venice Biennial. From 2016 to 2020, he was an associate curator at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Since 2017 he has been the artistic director of the Sommerakademie Paul Klee in Bern. He lives and works in Berlin.


  • Shirana Shahbazi and Tirdad Zolghadr

The exhibition is coordinated by Marie-Noëlle Farcy, assisted by Vanessa Lecomte