Shirin Neshat

Living in one land, dreaming in another

Special Exhibition
Pinakothek der Moderne | Kunst
26.11.21 - 24.04.22

The works of Iranian-American artist, photographer, and filmmaker Shirin Neshat (b. 1957) exude self-confidence and a powerful presence but also an air of vulnerability. Central themes in Neshat’s art are identity, origin, and power structures. Her works are defined by a melding and broadening of the rich visual traditions of Persian and Western art. The US-based artist’s work is now the subject of the museum’s first presentation in association with the Written Art Collection. Her most recent work series LAND OF DREAMS (2019) revolves around the traditional calligraphy of her country of origin as well as the Western canon of portraiture, and combines for the first time the media of photography and video in a single work. Shirin Neshat uses writing, gestural expression, and formal variety to create a compact lyrical, rhythmic whole, with each work telling its own story of universal human experience.

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The exhibition is made possible through cooperation with the Written Art Collection and generously supported by the Herbert Schuchardt-Foundation.

Media partner: ARTE


Artist Talk with Shirin Neshat

TUE 05.04.2022 | 18:30 | Pinakothek der Moderne

On Tuesday, 05 April 2022, an Artist Talk between Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat and curator Judith Csiki will take place at the Pinakothek der Moderne. Various approaches from Neshat's artistic practice, such as the combination of traditional Persian calligraphy and Western portrait art, will be explored in more detail. In addition, the artist will discuss the production and development phase of her most recent series of works, "Land of Dreams" (2019), which is the focus of the exhibition. 

Please reserve a free ticket via München Ticket. We look forward to seeing you there! You can not make it? The talk will be recorded and made available online afterwards.

Film Programme

Munich premiere: Land of Dreams
WED 06.04.2022 | 20.00 | CITY KINOS

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As part of the exhibition, Shirin Neshat's latest feature film "Land of Dreams" (2021) will be shown for the first time in Munich.

This screening is made possible by a cooperation between the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, KINO DER KUNST in partnership with W-film Distribution and City Kinos.


Art Education

Shirin Neshat's work is powerful, direct and contains multiple layers of meaning. Her works evoke intense emotions and personal associations. One of the main focuses of art education is therefore to open protected resonance spaces in order to record and capture these impressions. The programme focuses on the themes of dreams, identity and homeland.

In conversation with the Bustan Club every 2nd Sunday of the month | 13:00-16:00 | Entry possible at any time | Further information in the programme calendar (german language)

In conversation with the young art educators Pi.lot:innen every 1st, 3rd and 4th Sunday of the month | 13:00-16:00 | Entry possible at any time | Further information in the programme calendar (german language)

Works in the exhibition

In the exhibition, the most recent work of the Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat "Land of Dreams" (2019) will be presented for the first time in a European institution with other major works from her oeuvre.


The exhibition is accompanied by a publication that includes, among other things, an interview with Shirin Neshat that sheds light on her artistic practice as well as the work on her most recent work "Land of Dreams". The catalogue is designed in collaboration with Bernd Kuchenbeiser and the Berlin publishing house DISTANZ and will be published in early January.

Written Art Collection

Written Art Collection is a German private collection of around 300 works. It is dedicated to the exploration of informal, gestural, calligraphic and script-based forms of expression in the visual arts media of the 20th and 21st centuries. The works originate from Western and East Asian regions as well as the Middle East. With this cooperation, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen and the Written Art Collection are pursuing the goal of making the topic of "writing and image" accessible to a broad public and promoting intercultural exchange.

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