Date of Award

Fall 12-18-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Emily Braun

Second Advisor

Nebahat Avcioglu

Academic Program Adviser

Maria Antonella Pelizzari


This thesis reconstructs Iran’s participation at the Venice Biennale from 1956–1966. In examining the trajectory of artists represented, art works exhibited, and the critical reception, I argue that Iran’s presence at Venice during these years is crucial to an understanding of the development and legacy of Iranian modernism.



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