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Series of group exhibits of Iranian expatriate artists coming to Tehran

TEHRAN, July 19 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Iranian Academy of Arts is planning to hold exhibitions of artworks by Iranian artists residing abroad at Tehran's Saba Cultural Complex, the student news agency ISNA reported on Wednesday.

The first exhibit is dedicated to Iranian artists residing in France, and will display works by Bahman Borujerdi, Abolqassem Saeidi, Hossein Zendehrudi, and Karim Rohani in September.

The academy has recently established several research centers in foreign countries to keep in touch with Iranians residing overseas and to arrange exhibitions of their artworks in Iran.

Saba Complex managing director Mohsen Zare explained that the goals of the project are to facilitate the exchange of experiences between Iranian expatriate artists and artists inside the country, to review their latest achievements, and to study the influence of international developments in modern art on Iranian artists residing abroad.

Zare said artists are free to choose whatever subjects they like, adding that artists interested in participating in the first exhibit must submit slides or CDs of their works to Iran's Cultural Office in France by August 16.

The Iranian Academy of Arts will be awarding honorary plaques to participants and will provide facilities for them to conduct research in Iran.

The exhibition is being sponsored by the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), Iran's Cultural Office in France, and the Saba Cultural Complex.

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