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Behruz Heschmat

born 1953 is an Iranian-Austrian sculptor. He lives and works in Vienna, Austria in exile since 1983. Heschmat has studied art in the University of Applied Arts in Vienna with Wander Bertoni during 1976–1982. Prior to that he was a sculptor in Tabriz and Tehran between 1970–1976.

Heshmat moved to Austria in the 1970s and has featured frequently in Eastern Art Report since the 1990s. Heshmat’s treehouses are described as a self-exiled artist’s imaginative interpretation of home. To Heshmat (aka Hechmat), the house is central to human existence, and his treehouses emphasise the instability and frailty of our notions of home. His treehouses mutate; their materials, colours and contents continually change and convey a great sense of energy.

Behruz Heschmat
House of Coca Cola, 2013
Iron, neon
50 x 50 x 232 cm

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Behruz Heschmat
House of gold, 2010
Iron, gold leaf
40 x 50 x 232 cm

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His work is characterised by a playful handling of form and material, and has a wonderful, childlike quality. He is also a poet, writing verses with few words and layers of meaning. While his work may convey a sense of loss, solitude, and moments of darkness, the artist is also funny, full of laughter, jokes, and bizarre ideas. The artist is also known as Hechmat, a Germanised spelling in response to stay in Austria.

Behruz Heschmat
Burnt birth, 2012
Iron, glass, carbon, wood
40 x 50 x 232 cm

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Behruz Heschmat
Tree, house with a tree inside, 2011
Iron, neon
40 x 50 x 232 cm

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Behruz Heschmat
My house dimmed by clouds, 2014
Iron, neon, cotton wool
40 x 50 x 232 cm

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Behruz Heschmat
Mao, house of revolution, 2012
Iron, Mao figure
40 x 50 x 232 cm

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Behruz Heschmat
Buddha, house of peace, 2014
Iron, neon, Buddha
40 x 50 x 232 cm

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The treehouses also convey a sense of balance, for the laws of gravity determine the load and position of the house. They also have a Bauhaus quality, leaving an immediate impression that craft and industry are integral to Heshmat’s artwork. No wonder that architects are his main collectors.


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