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11/30/05

Morteza Momayez, prominent Iranian artist was buried today: Yet Another Great Loss!

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran


Morteza Momayez, the father of graphic art in Iran, who died on Friday night after a long and painful struggle, was buried on November 28.


The burial took place after a ceremony at Artists' Forum (Khaneh Honarmandan) - the large gallery there is named after him.

 

Thousands had come to say their final goodbyes.  Young and old, men and women, modern and traditionalists, artists and art lovers, painters, photographers, poets, writers, filmmakers, journalists, students and teachers; and of course many graphic artists were there.

 

Some were close friends, some were colleagues or admirers or were simply ordinary people who knew his work and his place in Iranian modern art. Despite the huge crowd there was very little noise as there was heaviness in the air, a great sense of loss.

 

When I got there about 8:45AM, the place was packed and still people were coming from all directions. There were speeches but few heard them as the sound system was not working. The wrapped body was then moved; carried by so many of his friends, students, followers, workers and admirers. The ambulance was to take him on his last journey to the cemetery at Kordan, a small village outside Karaj.

 

I have been to that village a few times in the past, and twice to the cemetery for burials. The first time I went there, I thought what a lovely place to be buried, as one truly feels the great sense of vast space, peace and tranquility.  It is so beautiful in spring when all these hills are covered with lovely wild flowers.

 

His wife, Afsaneh Badri and his brother were there among friends and other relatives. It must be harder than ever for them to mourn their loss when their lost beloved is a national treasure and they have to share it with so many others at such time.

The last time I saw Mr. Momayez was at the Niavaran Cultural Center at the opening of Mr Fakhraddin Fakhraddini's portrait exhibition. His own big portrait was there as one entered the saloon.   Even then he looked very ill and everyone was so happy that he had managed to come despite his illness.

 

I got to know Mr Momayez's fame and his works when I first started to work upon my return to Iran in the late 70's.  But it was only about seven years ago, after the tragic death of his beloved first wife Firouzeh, that I got to meet him and know him in person through my dear friend Lili.  Later he married Ms Afsaneh Badri who is a yoga teacher, a very caring lady, who was completely devoted to him.

I met so many friends at the ceremony, and some of them had known Mr Momayez since student days, those who had worked with him, lived with him and cared for him. Many recalled happy and sad memories.

 

When I was riding in the one of the many buses which were provided to go to Kordan, a young lady journalist said to me: "It is a great pity that many young people learn about our great names, which are part of our modern heritage, only after they die and leave us". I do hope that this will be a good time for all of us in whatever capacity to educate our young ones of others who are still with us, before we lose another of our best talents. May we learn to know them and appreciate their work so that we may have less to regret in future.

I am sure you will join me in expressing deepest sympathy to his family, especially his wife and brother, and hope that his soul is resting in peace.

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There is an exhibition of some of his works at Mann Honar-Nou from

29th Nov- 7th Dec. (8-16th Azar 1384)  4-8 P.M..  The address is:

Tehran, Shariatie Ave., Shahid Yazdan-Pour  No 31

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