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Koran Artistic Exhibition in Tehran

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

The Niavaran Creative Art Center, formerly known as the Cultural Center is always a delight to visit. It is located in the front of the Niavaran Palace, part of which in itself is beautifully designed and can be enjoyed easily. I went to two events there recently, during Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for the Moslems. I was there to go to a concert, but first I wanted to have a look at the second Koran Artistic Exhibition, consisting of all forms of modern art including painting, space forms, arts, music and theatre; what you might call a very mixed exhibition.

There were many works on display, of all kinds - paintings, sculptures, installations, woodwork, drawings and so on. Some were good, some mediocre; many I did not know why they were there; and a few were really good. One large room was designated mainly for the Koranic verse forms, some of which were truly lovely to look at. This is very special art and requires great delicacy and craftsmanship. They were just so beautiful to look at. I have a couple of samples for you to see.

In the three levels of the main gallery almost everywhere there were works on display. Most of them were well marked with the name of the artist, the work and what it was made of, and the size. My favorite was the work of Mr. Golnari with his aluminum box and aluminum cut male and female forms. These figures were inside the box with high walls and only two small gaps for an exit.

My next choice is Mr. Hamid Reza Nazemian with his lovely 50cm diagonal ceramic plates with the inscription "In the name of Allah" in Arabic in different forms. The Descent & Revelation, a metalwork installation with an amazing size of 310x310x92cm in the yard, created by Akafshchian Moghaddam was indeed eye catching. I just wished they were not all so dark. Another large work 150 x 150 cm by N. Afjehii, a painting of the whole of Baghareh Sura (Koranic verse) also caught my eye, but from a closer observation I did not find it fine enough. I also found the wood carving by M. H. Emad and Ms. Mohammad-Tatani's interpretations of Teen & Zeytons Sura (Koranic verses) very enlightening. Here I have some samples for your own observation of this exhibition.

Now for the concert by the Chehel Daff Ensemble, first of all I enjoy most kinds of live music, especially now that we do not have so many. Secondly, the daff (tambourine) is one of my favorite musical instruments. They were a Kurdish group and about half of their daff players were young women, as well as one lady singer who accompanied the male lead singer. Several of their pieces reminded me somehow of the gospel songs one hears in churches in southern states of the US. Some of the pieces were good and quite captivating. I thought the group's performance was above average even though they may have lacked sufficient homogeneity among their players, if we were to consider them a professional group. The performance was entertaining and interesting. The group leader is Mr. Farshid Gharib-Nejad who conducted the pieces as well as reciting some lines from (I believe) Mollanna's poems before the performance. They may be reached by telephone in Tehran at 22863985 and 66415637

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