Carnegie Museum of Art Presents Rokni Haerizadeh’s Reign of Winter as Next Installment of its Online Exhibition Series

Carnegie Museum of Art Presents Rokni Haerizadeh’s Reign of Winter as Next Installment of its Online Exhibition Series

The film debuted in the United States at the 56th Carnegie International and is part of the museum’s permanent collection

A headless bride and groom walk hand in hand as a snow falls.

Rokni Haerizadeh, Reign of Winter (detail of film still), 2012-2013, Carnegie Museum of Art, The Henry L. Hillman Fund, © Rokni Haerizadeh. By permission.

Pittsburgh, PA. February 17, 2021 – Today, Carnegie Museum of Art presents Reign of Winter (2012- 2013), an animated video work by Iranian artist Rokni Haerizadeh, as the next installment of its online exhibition series. Haerizadeh’s film is accessible to audiences worldwide now through May 16, 2021 on

The seven-minute silent video Reign of Winter uses rotoscope animation to transform thousands of still images taken from the televised 2011 British royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton into a fantastical moving dreamscape. Haerizadeh hand-painted footage of the nuptials frame-by-frame, altering one of the most highly televised events in recent history through surreal backdrops, textural detailing, and anthropomorphizing the wedding party into wild creatures.

“In this moment marked by the pandemic, intersecting social justice movements, and distrust of mainstream media, Reign of Winter reframes our understanding of power and celebrity, and how the press creates and perpetuates narratives related to both,” says Kiki Teshome, Carnegie Museum of Art’s Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellow and exhibition curator. “Through the tedious rotoscope process, Haerizadeh creates a surrealist world that is simultaneously whimsical and critical of our societal structures at large.”

Through rotoscope animation, Haerizadeh’s works create an entirely new medium, which he calls moving paintings. “Traditional paintings are often seen as static objects, separate from the process and time spent creating them,” Haerizadeh notes. “To me, it is important to make the underlying element of time visible, almost as if the painting is unfolding before the viewer.”

Reign of Winter debuted in the United States at the 56th Carnegie International in 2013. This presentation also doubled as Haerizadeh’s first exhibition in the United States. Along with a collection of works on paper by the artist, Carnegie Museum of Art acquired Reign of Winter for its film and video collection following the conclusion of the International.

The presentation of Reign of Winter will be accompanied by a variety of online events and programs including Reign of Winter watch parties on March 25 from 7–8 p.m., April 22 from 12:00-1:00 p.m., and May 18 from 7–8 p.m. followed by group conversation and artmaking led by Teshome. Unless otherwise noted, Carnegie Museum of Art events are pay what you wish with registration and all times are Eastern. More details can be found on

Rokni Haerizadeh: Reign of Winter is organized by Kiki Teshome, Carnegie Museum of Art’s Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellow. The exhibition is on view and accessible to all, free of charge, on

Online Exhibition Series
Carnegie Museum of Art’s online exhibition series draws from the museum’s vast film and video collection and is an extension of the museum’s curatorial program in the digital sphere. The online exhibition series offers a new channel for local and global audiences alike to experience time-based works previously only accessible in-person. With this initiative, Carnegie Museum of Art is revolutionizing how visitors can engage with its significant holdings at a time when many cultural institutions are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Premier Partners
Generous support from Carnegie Museum of Art Premier Partners: Highmark, NOVA Chemicals, and Waldron Wealth.

Health and Safety
The health and safety of museum visitors and staff is Carnegie Museum of Art’s highest priority. The museum is following CDC recommended safety protocols with updated health and safety procedures. These include limiting admissions to 15% of building capacity through required timed ticketing; requiring face coverings; encouraging safe social distancing of six feet or more between groups and individuals; enhanced air-filtration and cleaning protocols; and clearly marking foot-traffic patterns in high-traffic areas. Carnegie Museum of Art is also designating special hours for those visitors who are high-risk due to age (65+) or a medical condition on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m.–12 noon.

Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities—collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. To learn more, please call 412.622.3131 or visit

For press inquiries, please contact: Elle Moody at