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7th Iran Contemporary Painting Biennial kicks off in Tehran

TEHRAN, Feb. 13 (Mehr News Agency) -- The 7th Iran Contemporary Painting Biennial was inaugurated at the Saba Art and Cultural Institute on Tuesday. Five hundred artworks by 430 artists have been put on display and 30 veteran guest artists are also participating.

A couple along with their baby visit the 7th Iran Contemporary Painting Biennial at the Saba Art and Cultural Institute after the opening ceremony on February 12. (Mehr/Shahabeddin Vajedi)

The renowned artists Ahmad Esfandiari and Iran Darrudi attended the opening ceremony which began with a speech by the curator of Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art Habibollah Sadeqi.

Sadeqi expressed his gratitude to those who had helped set up the biennial after a two-year delay and promised that in future biennials would be held on time.

He also announced that this edition of the event is being held in memory of many late Iranian artists including Iraj Karimkhan Zand, Asghar Mohammadi, Faramarz Pilaram and Jazeh Tabatabaii.

Secretary of the biennial Habibollah Ayatollahi was next to speak and expressed regret, saying, "Those who should have supported us in organizing the festival abandoned us, and eventually it was set up with the help of a number of artists, the Saba Institute and Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art."

He later commented that all the members of the jury hold the opinion that young Iranian artists are superior to their Western counterparts, and quoted one Western magazine as saying that if one searches the world over, traces of Iranian artists can be found every where.

A collection of works featuring the art of resistance, focusing on the oppressed nation of Palestine, as well as works divided into the three sections of "Iran, Land of Love", "The Relationship between Darkness and Light", and "Free Theme" are on display at the institute which is located on Mozaffar St., Taleqani Ave. near Felestine Square.

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