This exhibition of more than fifty works by the artist brings together some of his earliest works as well as his most recent explorations of form and space. “The Alchemist of Line” is curated by Nasreen Askari, Director of the Mohatta Palace Museum, and Durriya Kazi, the Head of the Department of Visual Studies at the Karachi University, who not only take us on a journey through four decades of the artist’s illustrious career but manage to highlight new narratives through the curatorial decisions they have made. The exhibit is divided into five rooms, each leading into the next, guiding the audience across a thematic presentation that creates new points of interest in the artist’s oeuvre.
We can’t wait to welcome you all to the Mohatta Palace Museum for the exhibition Imran Mir: The Alchemist of Line.
Imran Mir: The Alchemist of line is presented by the Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi, in the first-floor galleries of the Museum. The exhibition was curated by Nasreen Askari, the Director of Mohatta Palace Museum, and Prof. Durriya Kazi, Head of Department of Visual Studies at the University of Karachi. A previously published fully illustrated book accompanies the exhibition with original essays on the artist’s work.
The exhibition will be open to the public and on view from October 21, 2017 to October 22, 2018, at the Mohatta Palace Museum. The opening preview will take place on October 20, 2017. The opening of the exhibition aligns with the first Karachi Art Biennial.
The concept of establishing an art foundation to preserve and foster an artist’s creative legacy is not a norm here and such institutions are few and far between. As and when such an initiative is undertaken by concerned individuals, expectations are raised and hopes are pinned on the foundation’s worth and ability to generate an art momentum.
On January 6, Pakistani Artist Ayesha Siddiqui showcased her latest exhibition CAMOUFLAGE at the Koel Gallery in Karachi, Pakistan. The exhibition was dedicated to Imran Mir.
We were happy to announce that Noureen Ali, a graduate from The Department of Fine Arts embodied the values and work ethic of Imran Mir and was the first to receive the Imran Mir Art Award. Here seen with Chairperson IMAF, Nighat Mir, Trustee IMAF, Gibran Mir and Executive Director IVS, Samina Khan.
In November 2015, a panel of jurors consisting of architects, artists, art critics and educators came together to nominate young artists from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture to receive the Imran Mir Art Foundation Award of Excellence.
Mera Inaam Pakistan.... Mera Paigham Pakistan...
Over two decades ago, on 14th August, Imran Mir brought together a group of highly creative individuals under the patronage of MCB Pakistan, to produce a piece of history that would present Pakistan in all its beauty and diversity to the people of the world in a different light.
Watch the video here.
On 23rd July 2015, The Imran Mir Art Foundation (IMAF) was inaugurated before an audience of art lovers, art promoters, writers, curators, gallery owners and friends, in Mir’s studio and home.
Contemporaries, colleagues and people mentored by Imran Mir remember his life, work and contributions to the creative field in Pakistan.
Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture students visited Imran Mir's studio home.
The students explored Imran Mir's studio home designed by world-renowned Sri Lankan Architect C. Anjalendran and preeminent Pakistani architect Shahid Abdullah.
Imran Mir Founder of the Indus Valley School of Art and architecture, was remembered at a well attended memorial held at the school premises on 16th January 2015.
Haajra Haider Karrar of Art Now Pakistan interviewed Imran Mir about his work and his life.
A session on a book of essays titled ‘What You See is What You See’ written on the late artist Imran Mir was held on Saturday, day two of the third edition of the Lahore Literary Festival. The session was moderated by Quddus Mirza with Nighat Mir, Noorjehan Bilgrami and Hameed Haroon as panelists.
Authored by Jayanthi Liyanage. Originally published in Daily News - Sri Lanka - January 29, 2010
"Imran Mir belongs amongst the tribes of Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky as he is an exponent of geometrical abstraction."
See video highlights from the launch of Imran Mir's book and Twelfth Paper on Modern Art Exhibition.
KARACHI: Late artist Imran Mir’s Twelfth Paper on Modern Art was launched at Mir’s residence on Tuesday evening in the presence of his family, close friends and colleagues.
The late artist and advertising trendsetter completed the book, titled ‘What You See is What You See’, before his death in October this year.
"It was his unique aesthetic sense that drew me and many others towards him and his art. In the personality of Imran Mir, one could not detach life from art — both perceived and pursued with the same level of intensity, which resulted in producing beauty. Beauty, like love, has lost it meaning due to overuse but, in his case, it was evident in the way he dressed, organised his house, produced his work as a graphic designer and created his art."
"I became acquainted with Imran’s work even before I got to know him. Working for MNJ Communications in the early 70s, we were taken to see the thesis work of design students of the Central Institute of Arts & Crafts (CIAC), at the time Karachi’s leading art school."
It is significant that Imran Mir’s exhibitions were each numerically titled “Papers on Modern Art” ending posthumously with his “12th Paper on Modern Art”. His aesthetic style, informed by his exposure to art and artists especially during his stay in North America in the early ’70s, allowed him to carve his own niche and he may be considered part of alternative or rather parallel histories of Pakistani art.
A book launch and memorial for the late Imran Mir took place on Wednesday, 17th December 2014, at his studio house. The memorial marked the publication of his book, What You See Is What You See, and speakers Niilofur Farrukh, Shahid Abdulla, Hameed Haroon, and the artist's son, Kenan Mir, paid tribute to their late friend and colleague.