New Book on Mohammed Afkhami’s Iranian Contemporary Art Collection

Honar (meaning ‘art’ in Farsi) is a recently released book featuring 250 works from the collection of the Middle Eastern financier Mohammed Afkhami. Afkhami has been collecting art since 2004, amassing a collection of around 400 contemporary artworks from artists including Shirin Neshat, Shiva Ahmadi, and Mohammad Ehsai. Though Afkhami collects enough pieces to open […]


Artists offer alternative views of Iranian culture in group exhibition

A recent group exhibition of contemporary Iranian art is making a splash at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada. Featuring politically and socially charged photography, painting, video, and other media, “Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians” is an exhibition that captures the texture and complexity of the current situation in Iran, both exposing and […]

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Abbas Kiarostami – A Celebrated Short Life

Disbelief, ahh, and deep sorrow are some of the reactions to the unexpected death of this master of cinema– simple, real, and impactful. A cry for finding the truth about his medical treatment, which led to his untimely death, is heard all over the world…. but regretfully it cannot bring him back. “Following the Iranian […]


MoCP Chicago features Iran as its focal point

The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago is hosting two photography exhibitions featuring Iran as its focal point. “Burnt Generation: Contemporary Iranian Photography” and “Midwest Photographers Project: Hossein Fatemi” show the complexities of Iran and its people using photography as its medium. Hossein Fatemi aims to dispel the harmful stereotypes of Iran and its people […]


Sadegh Barirani: a profile

Sadegh Barirani has been a pioneer in Iranian contemporary art and graphic design. He has designed posters for the Tehran Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and for the Roudaki Hall Opera House. Barirani finds inspiration in poetry and various contemporary techniques. The Peninsula Press interviews Mr. Barirani on the video below.


Tehran’s colorful Nowruz celebration!

Tehran is a vibrant city full of life, culture, music and art. Every street corner grants the opportunity to explore what the city has to offer. This year’s Nowruz, or Persian New Year, was quite a celebration! The city of Tehran decorated itself with new artwork and installations. Take a glimpse into the colorful Nowruz […]

Shirin Neshat photographed by Matteo Lonardi in New York City

Universally Iranian: artists without borders

Iranian art faces certain expectations from the global audience. Matteo Lonardi from the Guardian tells the narrative of Iranian artists who have emigrated from their homeland and deal day to day with dualism in their art. “On one hand, they want to make art speaking to universal issues. On the other, the market may expect […]