Karl Momen is best known for his monumental “Tree of Life” sculpture on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Of Russian-Iranian parentage, Momen’s abstract paintings and sculpture are a synthesis of elements that evolved from the Persian decorative tradition grafted with 20th century formalism. Momen’s work reflects his formative interest in Russian Constructivism and his association with significant 20th century artists and architects such as Max Ernst, Oskar Schlemmer, and le Corbusier. The Museum has recently acquired one of his sculptures “The Temple of Mercury” for the permanent collection by courtesy of an anonymous donor.

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