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5/26/07

Iran Darrudi: Iran's new art making swift progress

TEHRAN, May 25 (Mehr News Agency) -- The veteran Iranian painter Iran Darrudi is convinced that new art in Iran has gone a long way in a very short time and that it is making excellent progress.

On the occasion of the fourth new art exhibition which opened May 24, Darrudi said that there is no doubt that Iran's 7000-year old cultural background and the high level of intelligence of its people, and especially its artists, have played a major role in this swift progress.

"New art or conceptual art is not alien in the history of Iran. Installation work, one of the branches of new art, is obviously evident in Iranian architecture, in fact it is something beyond installation. In Iranian architecture, installation not only focuses on concept and composition, but also pays due attention to the environment."

She called new art the art of "alertness" and "taste" and added, "there is hope that new art, especially installation work, will find its way into the life of the people. For example, it can be used in the city's squares with the help of good lighting and artistic elements."

Darrudi emphasized that artists must go along with the world artistic flow and create the atmosphere which is necessary for new art, "Our artists are clever and idealistic and they must be very careful not to fall into deceptive traps. They must create great concepts."

In reply to those critics who believe Iranian artists must first get to know modern art well and then create new art, she said, "Some artists, instead of creating complicated works, just give complicated definitions of art, making it unintelligible and inaccessible. These difficult definitions are valueless."

"People who have the poetry of Hafez in their minds and Ferdowsi's Shahnameh in their hearts are able to understand painting. Those who think that an artwork or an art exhibition is deceiving must reconsider their attitude and respect the fact that people have understanding."

She continued that the fourth exhibit needs crucial support and must be continued even if some unprofessional works have been displayed, "It is a new movement and must be experienced thoroughly."

The fourth exhibition of new art is underway at Tehran's Saba Art and Cultural Institute which is located on Mozaffar St., Taleqani Ave., near Felestin Square.

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