TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (Mehr News Agency) -- The winners of the fifth Tehran Contemporary Sculpture Biennial were announced during a ceremony held at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday.
The ceremony was attended by a group of artists, the members of the jury, and the curator of the museum Habibollah Sadeqi who made a short speech.
He remarked that the works on show at the biennial displayed the patience, intelligence and creativity of the sculptors.
Sadeqi went on to say that Tehran, as the capital of the country, is in great need of the active participation of all artists and sculptors, and that he expected cultural officials to pave the ground for their presence in society.
Head of Tehran Municipality's Beautification Organization Hojjatollah Mollasalehi also expressed hope that some of the works on display at the biennial would find a home in various places throughout the city.
He said, "The biennial's sculptures should be used to decorate Tehran so that the public has an opportunity to view and enjoy them. The organization purchased about 30 works last year and this year it has so far bought 12. We are also planning to purchase and install a further 12 artworks this year."
The ceremony continued with the presentation of the awards. Hamidreza Jadid and Mona Rostamnejad shared first prize.
Second prize went to Mahsa Karimzadeh.
Kurosh Golnari and Hassan Razqandi shared the third prize.
Alena Nabiollahi and Mahsa Tehrani shared the under 35-year-old section award and several artists including Mohammad-Hossein Emad, Amir Vafaii, Hamed Rashtian and Mahsa Khazani received honors.
The Iranian Academy of Arts, as one of the sponsors of the event, selected and awarded winners including Farzin Hedayatzadeh, Masumeh Mirhosseini, Golnaz Behruznia, Behdad Lahuti and Zahra Nabavi.
This year's biennial focused on the central theme of "Peace, Life, and the Future Horizon". The international art critic Robert C. Morgan and Korean artist Chong Son were among the foreign jury members, and the Iranian jury members were Behruz Darash, Hamid Rezaii and Saeid Shahlapur.
According to Darash, after discussions with Robert Morgan, it has been decided that a selection of works from the Tehran biennial will later be exhibited in New York.
The biennial opened on November 21 and closed on January 5 at the venue on North Kargar St., next to Laleh Park.
The Iranian Academy of Arts, the Art Department of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art cosponsored the event.
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