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Iran's UN envoy visits American artist's painting exhibition on Iran

United Nations, New York, July 26, IRNA - Iran's Permanent Representative to UN, Mohammad Khazaie on Wednesday visited US artist, Ms. Laura Blume's painting exhibition at UN Building, titled "Shiraz, A City from Heaven".

Blume has so far visited Iran three times and is influenced by the works of the great Iranian poet Hafez, as well as mystic poems of Attar, that have inspired her to learn more about the rich Iranian culture.

As a result, all her paintings have signs of the Iranian and Islamic cultures.

The exhibition, subtitled "The Roof of Eram Garden in Shiraz", in which 27 paintings on Iran are put on display as of July 27th, has been arranged as a result of Ms. Blume's cooperation with the Cultural Section of the IRI Mission to UN.

Ms. Blume had a meeting with the press on Tuesday at the UN in which she elaborated on her experience from her three visits to Iran.

She said at the meeting, "It was after my first visit to Iran and getting acquainted with the rich and deep rooted Iranian culture that I managed to know myself, discovering some hidden parts of my soul."

She added, "I have visited Iran three times, and in each of those occasions I gained a precious wealth about the rich and most humane culture of that land, with which I returned to the United States."

The American artist reiterated, "During my first visit to Iran I realized that despite the propagation to which I had been exposed before that trip, the kind hearted Iranians were always kindly welcoming me, and they treated me most generously and kindly, making me always fell at home, that had roots in their rich culture."

According to IRNA reporter at UN, some of Blume's paintings are depicted from Sheikh Attar's stories in his masterpiece "Manteq-ut-Teyr" (Conference of Birds).

This American artists' other activity, conducted under the influence of Attar, is the translation of some parts of "Conference of the Birds" in simple English for the children.

Blume who considers her works on the Iranian culture as a move aimed at boosting dialogue among civilizations, says, "By naming this exhibition '...A Garden in City of Heaven' I wished to remind the visitors that there is also a hidden garden inside them in need to be discovered."

She says she learned about the garden inside all human beings from the gnostic Iranian-Islamic teachings of the great Iranian mystic poets.

A large number of UN diplomats and tourists have visited Blume's exhibition on Iran that would conclude activities at the end of the current week.

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