Historic House in Tehran Converted into Calligraphy Museum

The previous home of a former senator in Iran has been converted into a museum, exhibiting a number of works of calligraphy by a variety of Iranian artists. In his remarks at the opening ceremony, the director of the museum highlighted the importance of the art of calligraphy, saying that, “Calligraphy has deep connections with morality spirituality and mysticism.” The majority of the pieces come from the collection of Abdollah Foradi, who was himself a calligraphy master. The museum plans to gather more works for its collection, hopefully from contemporary artists as well. Read more

New Exhibition of Contemporary Iranian Art in New York

A new exhibition of contemporary Iranian art in New York has recently opened at Susan Eley Fine Art in New York. Entitled “Beyond the Ban: Contemporary Iranian Art,” the exhibition includes pieces by several Iranian artists currently living in the US, such as Shirin Neshat, Nicky Nodjoumi, and Shoja Azari. A multimedia performance of photography, painting and video, the show comes in light of a precarious political situation for immigrants in the US. The exhibition thereby offers a much-needed political, social and cultural commentary on the current state of affairs while also showcasing the immense contributions of Iranian art in the world of contemporary art at large. Read more

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 revolution in 1979, the country’s vibrant and original cinema took its place on the world stage. Among the many superb film directors who contributed to Iran’s new wave, the most celebrated was Abbas Kiarostami… read more” — courtesy of Guardian Newspaper

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 by documenting and showcasing their lives.

The exhibition runs until July 10th. If you are in the area, it is definitely worth a look. The exhibition will have a series of events to accompany it like video playlists and artist talks. Check out the calendars here and here.

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.

Artist’s protests at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art keeps their voice heard

The art community in Tehran is strong, united and passionate. After announcing the intent to transfer the management of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art to a private Rudaki Foundation, hundreds of artists and art administrators held a massive protests in front of the museum last Saturday. Thanks to their efforts, the decision was discarded. Video in Farsi is courtesy of Voice of America News.


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 celebration! Picture credit to Real Iran.

Three Iranian women artists showcased at the Edward Hopper House Art Center

An artist’s vision can be inspired by the many things they experience throughout life; yet, going back to their roots is a persistently strong theme in their art. The Edward Hopper House Art Center is a strong believer of that idea and advocates artists from diverse backgrounds.

The Center’s latest exhibition, “Where We Are Standing: Contemporary Women Artists From Iran”, focuses on three Iranian women’s art. A combination of various media, photographs, and paintings tell their personal story. Roya Farrasat, Golnar Adili and Shabnam Ghazi all experienced Iran through different eyes and use their art to express it.

Carole Perry, the curator for the exhibit, explains in an interview with the New York Times that she chose Farrasat, Adili and Ghazi for the “unexpected parallels” in their work.

The exhibition will run at the Edward Hopper House Art Center until April 24th.

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 their work to reflect a homeland where they no longer live.”

In this interesting article, Leonardi showcases the stories of Iranian artists and how they navigate a world in which the market expects their work to look a certain way. Nicky Nodjoumi, Shirin Neshat, Bizan Bassiri, Taravat Talepasand, Fereydoun Ave, Taraneh Hemami, Y Z Kami, Mitra Fabian, Babak Golkar and Amir H Fallah share their stories and how that influences their personal artistic vision (Featured below).

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