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Portrait of a Nation: From the harems of the Qajars to the Iran-Iraq War - a history of photography in Iran

- The emergence of photography in Iran dates back to the mid-19th century, shortly after its invention in Europe in 1839. There have been academic debates regarding the exact date, but according to the remarkable collection of historic photographs in the Golestan Palace in Tehran, the very first photographic images taken in Iran can be dated between 1839 and 1842. -Sanaz Jamloo - 3/30/15

An anthology of the final decade: exploring Iran's past through art

- A series of exhibitions from curator Vali Mahlouji examine the 'lost decades' of pre-revolutionary Iran. -Natasha Morris, Guardian - 3/22/15

Monir Farmanfarmaian's work leads Christie's auction in Dubai

- "Zahra's Image", a mirror mosaic work made in 2009 by Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian, leads Dubai Christie's auction of Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art on March 18, 2015. The mirror mosaic, a reverse-glass painting and plaster on wood in aluminum, is the highest-priced item at the auction with the estimated price of $350,000 to 500,000, Christie's has announced on its website. - 3/13/15

Italian artist finishes first at Kish sculpture symposium

- Italian sculptor Alessio Ranaldi won first prize at the 1st Kish International Sculpture Symposium, the organizers announced on Monday. Earlier in October 2014, Ranaldi also won first prize at the Sixth Tehran International Sculpture Symposium. - 3/6/15

Exhibition at Stanford: She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

- A major new exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center, She Who Tells a Story, presents the pioneering work of 12 leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world. The artists explore identity, narrative, representation, and war in daily life, inviting a broader understanding of the Middle East than what Westerners glean through media reports. - 2/20/15

Tehran galleries hold Sirak Melkonian's Paintings Retrospective

- Two galleries in Tehran are holding a retrospective of painter Sirak Melkonian in a joint project. A collection of paintings created over the past 70 years by the 85-year-old artist are on display at the Aria and Ab Anbar galleries. Born in 1930 in Arak, Melkonian was the winner of the first prize for the Paris Biennial in 1959 and has held many exhibitions in Iran, France, Canada and the United States. - 2/4/15

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Infinite Possibility. Mirror Works and Drawings

- Guggenheim Museum, New York (March 13-June 3) -- This is the first U.S. museum exhibition of mirror works and drawings by Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (b. Qazvin, Iran, 1924). Considered in relation to the Guggenheim's historical commitment to abstraction, this presentation examines the artist's rich body of work in its own right and as part of a transnational perspective on artistic production and its reception. - 2/3/15

American photojournalist to complete her collection of photos on Iran

- U.S. photojournalist Randy Hope Goodman has come back to Iran to take photos of Iranian citizens and their daily lives to complete her collection of photos on Iran taken over 30 years ago. - 2/2/15

Event in Los Angeles: "Iranian Photography: Past and Present"

- Join Kaveh Baghdadchi, photographer and editor-in-chief of (Iran's most popular photography site) for a discussion about the history of photography in Iran, from the arrival of the camera in the Royal Court to present day. - 1/30/15

A Portal Between Tehran and NYC: Open For Conversation

- Without a doubt, the lack of diplomatic relations between the US and Iran creates a serious hurdle for Iranians and Americans to meet one another. But artists in NYC and Tehran launched a project, known as Portals, that solves that problem. - 1/25/15

Poet of Persia

- For one with knowledge of Parviz Tanavoli's status as one of the most important and highest-grossing contemporary Iranian artists, it is difficult, to say the least, to match the man in the flesh with his grandiose reputation. -Joobin Bekhrad, Reorient - 1/25/15

Winners of 9th National Biennial of Persian Painting announced

- The participants competed in the five categories of illumination, tash'ir, a form of simple illumination decorated with tiny disordered patterns, gol-o-morgh, a unique style of Persian painting featuring bird and floral motifs in different colors, drawing and Persian painting. - 1/5/15

Freer and Sackler Galleries to Release Complete Digitized Collection Jan. 1, 2015

- The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art, will release their entire collections online Jan. 1, 2015, providing unprecedented access to one of the world's most important holdings of Asian and American art. The vast majority of the 40,000 artworks have never before been seen by the public, and more than 90 percent of the images will be in high resolution and without copyright restrictions for noncommercial use. - 12/22/14

Finalists Announced for 'Freedom: A Shared Dream' Competition

- Farhang Foundation is pleased to announce that five finalists have been selected for Freedom: A Shared Dream, an international urban art competition inspired by Cyrus the Great, who ruled the ancient Persian Empire 2,600 years ago and championed the principles of religious diversity and personal freedom for all. - 12/17/14

Tehran's Ovissi gallery exhibits works by three American painters

- An exhibition displaying works by three U.S. abstract painters are currently underway at Tehran's Ovissi Gallery. Thirteen works by Sheila Rice, Fernando DeOliviera and Brian Xavier will be on display until December 17 at the exhibit. - 12/15/14

Photos: The Art Of Turquoise Inlaying

- Isfahan, Iran - Turquoise inlaying is a kind of handicraft made by implanting small pieces of turquoise stone in mosaic fashion on the surface of the dishes, ornaments and decorative objects with copper, brass, silver or bronze bases. -Alie Sa'adatpour - 12/6/14

Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video Exhibition in Los Angeles

- The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and Farhang Foundation present Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video. This juried exhibition features photography and video works from artists around the world who have documented contemporary, intimate life relating to Iran and the Iranian diaspora. The exhibition will be on view at CAFAM from January 25 through May 3, 2015. - 12/5/14

The allure and enduring legacy of Persian Nasta'liq calligraphy

- When the famed calligrapher Mir Emad was murdered at the Safavid court in 1615 - perhaps on account of artistic rivalry or perhaps because of his religious affiliations - an important chapter in the history of the calligraphic script known as nasta'liq came to a close. -Kevin Schwartz, Reorient - 12/2/14

Remembering the Life and Work of Behjat Sadr, One of Iran's Foremost Modern Painters

- This 234-page illustrated book published by Zaman in France (in English and in French), Behjat Sadr, Traces, edited by Morad Montazami and Narmine Sadeq, presents the life and art of Behjat Sadr, Iran's first female painter of international renown (1924-2009). -Fariba Amini - 11/28/14

Tehran art exhibit reflects "Three Views" of female artists

- Paintings reflecting different issues by three female artists are on display in an exhibit entitled "Three Views" at Tehran's Boom Gallery. Created by , the collection highlights war in Kobani, the rush of modern life, as well as images of Persian gardens, the gallery announced in a press release on Sunday. - 11/24/14

French Order of Academic Palms awarded to Lili Golestan

- Iranian translator Lili Golestan, who is also the curator of Tehran's Golestan Gallery, received France's Order of Academic Palms during a ceremony at the Embassy of France in the Iranian capital on Monday November 17, 2014. - 11/20/14

Unnatural Selection: Installation by Pantea Karimi and Amber Stucke

- The Mohr Gallery in Finn Center presents UNNATURAL SELECTION, an installation exhibition by artists Pantea Karimi and Amber Stucke. The exhibition will be on display from October 27, 2014 through December 7, 2014. There will be an opening reception with the artists on Friday, November 7 from 6pm - 8pm. - 10/27/14

France to award Legion of Honor to Iranian cartoonist Kambiz Derambakhsh

- Iranian cartoonist Kambiz Derambakhsh will be decorated with a Legion of Honor medal, Derambakhsh told the Persian service of ISNA on Friday. He will receive the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor during a ceremony that will be held at the Embassy of France in Tehran on Sunday. - 10/25/14

Iranian artists gather at Tehran center to present "Art for Humanity"

- The exhibition "Art for Humanity" displaying works by 100 artists to help the United Nations World Food Program fight hunger in the world was inaugurated at Tehran's Niavaran Cultural Center on Friday. - 10/19/14

Most art forms in Iran are illegal. Artists shirk the law by going underground

- Tehran is the seat where most of Iran's artistic community resides and hopes to one day thrive, despite the tremendous censorship restrictions regarding who can perform and under which circumstances. Navigating these restrictions has become an art form itself, while social media sites (at least those that are allowed) are continuously monitored. -Nicole Crowder, Washington Post - 10/17/14

Iranian artists to commemorate World Food Day

- Over 100 Iranian artists will showcase their artworks in an exhibition at Tehran's Niavaran Cultural Center to commemorate World Food Day on October 16. The week-long exhibit has been arranged to help the United Nations World Food Program fight hunger among children in the famine stricken regions of the world - 10/9/14

Museum Cleansing Targets Work of Iranian Sculptor, Parviz Tanavoli

- Tehran Municipality has announced that it is looking at "cleansing" its museums, and there is some concern among Iranian artists that the city is considering auctioning off the works of prominent sculptor Parviz Tanavoli. - 9/30/14

To The Bone: A Solo Painting Exhibition by Leila Ghandchi

- Leila Ghandchi is not a feminist activist, however she is ready to saddle up her Unicorn and confront the dominating powers in quest for a sliver of joy. This is the buzz of a young confident generation of female Iranian artists who will not easily surrender their individuality and are not ready to be the sacrificial lamb. - 9/28/14

Traditional elements shine in Iran's modern art

- Gizella Varga-Sinai's artwork doesn't simply boast beauty, it recites poetry in volumes. Her "Kallehpaz" -- one of the hundreds of paintings reflecting her love of Iran, Persian culture and everyday life -- has found a permanent home at the George Pompidou Cultural Center in Paris. -Mehrnaz Samimi, Al-Monitor - 9/11/14

International Symposium of Contemporary Sculpture (Padideh) announces winners

- The International Symposium of Contemporary Sculpture (Padideh) announced winners in Mashhad on Sunday evening. Thirty-two sculptors from Iran, China, South Korea, Germany and Serbia created works at the symposium, which opened in the northeastern Iranian city on September 15. - 9/9/14

Necklaces inspired by Persian literature on display at Golestan Gallery

- A collection of hand-made sets of necklaces, inspired by tales from classical Persian literature, is on display at Tehran's Golestan Gallery. "I study ancient Persian tales such as Haft Peykar and Mantiq at-Tayr a lot and my works are mostly inspired by these stories, besides my personal thoughts and experience," designer Reyhaneh Raei told Honaronline on Sunday. - 9/2/14

Fifi Howls from Happiness: A Documentary on Iranian Artist Bahman Mohassess

- Mitra Farahani's lyrical documentary explores the enigma of provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called "Persian Picasso," whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran. Irreverent and uncompromising, a gay man in a hostile world, Mohassess had a conflicted relationship with his homeland-revered by elites in the art scene and praised as a national icon, only to be censored later by an oppressive regime. - 8/19/14

Iranian expat Hossein Khosrojerdi 'Redefining Home; Tara Gallery in Santa Monica

- Los Angeles Art Spotlight: Acclaimed Iranian expatriate Hossein Khosrojerdi will show his work on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at the Tara Gallery in Santa Monica,with a reception from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. -Monsters and Critics - 8/15/14

Words Take Flight in Persian Calligraphy at Sackler Gallery

- During a prolific 200-year period in the 14th-16th centuries, four master calligraphers invented one of the most aesthetically refined forms of Persian culture: nasta'liq, a type of calligraphy so beautiful that for the first time the expressive form of the words eclipsed their meaning. "Nasta'liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy," opening Sept. 13 at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, displays 20 rarely seen masterworks... - 8/14/14

Iran's Banksy: 'The walls in my city are the canvas for my paintings'

- Interview: Street artist Black Hand tells the Guardian how Banksy has inspired a new set of graffiti on Tehran walls -Saeed Kamali Dehghan - 8/7/14

NY's Rogue Space Gallery Presents "Portraits: Reflections by Emerging Iranian Artists"

- A groundbreaking group show which will further shed light on, and explore, Iran's contemporary art scene by showcasing work by over 20 young Iranian artists who were raised, educated, and born there. The exhibition will be on view from September 17 to September 22, 2014 - 8/4/14

2014 Art of Science Competition Winners: Photos

- "Watermark," from postdoctoral researcher Sara Sadr, was this year's first-place winner. The pattern in the image was created by water moving back and forth on the Atlantic coast. - 8/4/14

Iran's washing up liquid protest

- A striking piece of graffiti in the heart of Iran's capital Tehran has been widely shared on social media. It shows a woman holding up a "World Cup" in the shape of a washing up liquid bottle. What does it mean and why has it struck a chord? -BBC - 7/15/14

FREEDOM: A SHARED DREAM - International Jury Announcement

- Farhang Foundation announces its collaboration with an esteemed panel of jurors for the international urban art competition to design a site-specific artwork that commemorates the concepts of religious diversity and freedom as human rights as inspired by the ideals of Cyrus the Great. - 7/3/14

Dollmaker to display works inspired by characters of Iranian folk tales

- Works by Bibi Haazer Omidvari, an 88-year-old self-taught Iranian doll maker, is on display in an exhibition at the Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) in Tehran. Bibi Haazer, who lives in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, creates her works based on characters from Iranian folk tales. - 7/1/14

Iranian artists come together to support World Food Programme

- 100 prominent Iranian artists have donated artworks to support the United Nations World Food Programme in its fight against hunger. The collection will be exhibited on World Food Day in October 2014 and will be displayed for a week before being sold to raise funds for WFP activities in Iran. - 6/19/14

Call for Submissions: 2015 Nowruz Banner Contest

- Eligible designs will be considered as the central artwork featured on street banners that will proudly promote Farhang's 7th Annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Celebration at LACMA throughout prominent boulevards in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley in March 2015. - 6/19/14

The Fetish of Staring at Iran's Women

- took a series of photographs of myself in 2007 that show me sitting on the toilet, weighing myself, and shaving my legs in the bath. I shot them as an angry response to an encounter with a gallery owner in London's artsy Brick Lane... -Haleh Anvari, NY Times - 6/16/14

Artist Amani's Angels

- Amani's angels, in all their colours and forms, are laden with the rich folklore, mythology, and imagery of his native Iran. From the winged disc of the Farvahar, to the angelic deities (Yazatas) featured prominently in Zoroastrianism and pre-Islamic Iran, winged beings and the concept of angels itself - thought to have originated in Iran - have played a central role in the Iranian psyche for centuries. - 6/12/14

2014 Tehran Auction grosses over $4 million

- The 3rd Tehran Auction sold out all the 90 lots on offer during its annual sale at the Parsian Azadi Hotel on Friday evening, grossing over 132 billion rials (over $4 million). Sohrab Sepehri's untitled painting from his Tree Trunk series sold for 18 billion rials (about $550,000), setting a new auction record for an Iranian painting, the Tehran Auction reported on Saturday. - 6/1/14

Art exhibit to review two centuries of Iranian culture of marriage

- An art exhibition, which will open at Tehran's Naqsh-e Jahan Gallery on Friday, will review the Iranian culture of marriage from the Qajar period (1783-1924) to the modern era. Eleven tableaus created by the combination of paintings by Pegah Vaalizadeh and copper works by Shahram Moslemi will be put on display at the exhibition entitled "Ashes on Lovers". - 5/15/14

An Artistic Glimpse Into Exiled Iranians' Nostalgia for the Homeland

- Many Iranians living in the diaspora are faced with nostalgia for a home country that they cannot return to because of the threat of persecution. Iranian-Canadian photographer Saman Aghvami attempted to capture that feeling in a photo exhibit called "I'm Not There" for Toronto's Contact Photography Festival. -Mahsa Alimardani, Global Voices - 5/14/14

The Elements: The Paintings of Mehri Yazdani

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library is showcasing paintings by Mehri Yazdani, an Iranian-American Artist. This is the first time that Mehri Yazdani is exhibiting her work in Silicon Valley, a great opportunity for the community to know an award-winning artist and to observe her remarkable paintings. - 5/13/14

Farhad Ahrarnia's Exhibition in London: STAGE ON FIRE

- For his third solo show at Rose Issa Projects, Farhad Ahrarnia combines his interest in dance, high modernism, and the arts of Central Asia and the Middle East to explore the relationship between various national, cultural and political institutions and 20th-century avant-garde arts. - 5/13/14

"Freedom: A Shared Dream" - International Public Urban Art Competition Sponsored by Farhang Foundation

- This momentous art competition commissioned by Farhang aims to create a historic piece of public art that celebrates the ideals of cultural freedom and religious tolerance that were central to the legacy of Cyrus the Great, Persian King from 2,500 years ago, and were shared by the Founding Fathers of the United States. Once completed, this artwork will be gifted to the city of Los Angeles on behalf of the Iranian American community. - 5/2/14

Facelifting Tehran One Wall at a Time

- Interview with Mehdi Ghadyanloo, a muralist, urban and street artist who lives and works in Tehran, Iran: "I am 33 years old. I studied art and drawing for undergraduate, followed by a masters degree in animation. I have always loved making art. I don't know where it began as my family is involved in agriculture." -Young Persian Artists - 5/1/14

Tehran gallery asks male, female artists to paint their impressions of opposite gender

- Tehran's Shila Gallery has called upon a number of eminent Iranian male and female painters to express their impressions of the opposite gender by means of their works, which will be put on display in separate exhibitions entitles "In the Other's Eyes" . - 4/28/14

Iranian artist uses percussion instruments as canvas for calligraphic paintings

- The Iranian artist Mohammadreza Javadinasab has recently created a number of calligraphic paintings on some Iranian percussion instruments called daf. The collection, which comprises 30 works, is scheduled to be showcased in an exhibition, which will open at the Panjareh Gallery on May 2. - 4/26/14

"The Soul Of War": Shokoufeh Malekkiani International Iranian Photographer Exhibition at the Agora Gallery New York City

- Shokoufeh Malekkiani blends her extraordinary artistic vision with a dedication to philanthropic causes as she continues to make a difference in this world. According to Malekkiani, "the power of art is limitless," and it is her greatest hope that she is able to leverage that artistic power to shed light on some of humanity's most devastating realities. - 4/17/14

Burnt Generation: A major exhibition of unseen work by eight contemporary Iranian photographers

- 'Many commentators have said that some of the most exciting photography in the world today is being made in Iran,' says Candlestar Director Fariba Farshad, who has curated Burnt Generation, Candlestar's new exhibition of Iranian Photography (in London). - 4/11/14

Iranian artworks raise about $2.5m at Christie's auction in Dubai

- Twenty-six paintings, calligraphic paintings and sculptures by Iranian artists were offered at the auction. "Black" by the U.S. based Iranian artist Ali Banisadr fetched $339,750, standing third among the top 10 most expensive artworks sold. - 4/7/14

Mehri Yazdani's Paintings are coming to San Jose, California

- Mehri Yazdani's painting evolved from her love for the art of ancient Persia, Greece, and Egypt. Her semi-abstract images give new form to ancient motifs, creating a unique style which captures the spirit of these early civilizations. - 4/2/14

Museum items can't be seized to pay Iran judgment

- The case targeting the Persian antiquities at the Field Museum of Natural History and the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute was closely watched nationwide by other museum officials, who feared a ruling against the Chicago museums could set an alarming precedent that might put their own collections at risk. AP - 3/29/14

"Bita Prize For Young Persian Artists" Awarded To Pianist Dena Taherianfar

- In a ceremony held at Stanford University last Wednesday evening, March 12, 2014, global philanthropist and humanitarian Bita Daryabari awarded the First Annual Bita Prize for Young Persian Artists to acclaimed seventeen-year-old concert pianist Dena Taherianfar. - 3/24/14

EXHIBITION in Los Angeles: Displacements: The Craft Practices of Golnar Adili and Samira Yamin

- The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) presents Displacements: The Craft Practices of Golnar Adili and Samira Yamin, an exhibition of new works by Iranian-American artists Golnar Adili and Samira Yamin. - 3/18/14

"When I was in Love," a Hessam Abrishami Solo Exhibition

- ABRA Gallery is very pleased to present Hessam Abrishami's second solo show in Westlake Village (California). Through these forty paintings, Hessam will be expressing his love affairs throughout his life, inviting viewers a glimpse through his past pleasures. - 3/12/14

Amir Hossein Zanjani's Solo Exhibition at Salsali Private Museum in Dubai: "Philosophical And Social Idea Of The Submission To Power"

- While Zanjani's portrayals give off piercing visions of the powerful persuasion of military force similar to real-life events such as the German 3rd Reich and the dictatorship of North Korea, they also refer to the social conflicts of the paradoxical and innate human subconscious desire to follow, submit and be conquered. - 3/11/14

Spanish cartoonist wins Golden Tooba at Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts

- Spanish cartoonist David Vela Cervera won the Golden Tooba (Tree of Heaven) in the cartoon section at the 6th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts, the organizers announced during the closing ceremony on Sunday. - 2/25/14

Iranian-Born Artist Explores Cost Of Egypt's Revolution

- The work of Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat, whose photographs, films and video installations deal with gender, politics and religion in the Islamic world, has been heralded by art critics and collected by major museums. Although Neshat has lived in the United States since the 1970s, her work has most often been focused on the lives of women in Iran, and more recently with the aftermath of the Arab Spring in Egypt. -Carolyn Weaver - 2/24/14

Exhibition in London: Parastou Forouhar's "Kiss Me"

- This is the third solo show in London for Parastou Forouhar, whose latest body of work, the Kiss Meseries of textile banners, is an exciting new chapter in her art. - 2/18/14

Iranian photographer wins prize at World Press Photo contest

- The Iranian photographer Amir Purmand won the third award in the General News Singles section of the 57th annual World Press Photo. He won the prize for his photo "Moments before the Hanging", the organizers announced on Saturday. The winners were selected from more than 90,000 images submitted to the contest. - 2/16/14

Photos: Snowy City Festival in Boroujen

- The 7th Snow City Festival was held January 28-30 at the Choghakhor international pond close to the the town of Boroujen in the Iranian province of Chahar Mahaal and Bakhtiari. 179 people in 39 groups had registered for the competitions. Among the participating groups, 13 were from other provinces. These groups created many giant snow sculptures which decorated the landscape and captivated the visiting people. - 2/3/14

"Drawing Repression": New Book Illustrates 52 Weeks of Human Rights in Iran

- Drawn by prominent Iranian cartoonist Touka Neyestani, Drawing Repression: A Year in Cartoons features 52 weekly cartoons highlighting human rights issues over the course of Persian Solar Year 1391 (Spring 2012 - Spring 2013), the last year of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presidency. - 2/2/14

EXHIBITION at YBCA, San Francisco: Room for Big Ideas: The Chasm Arena

- This exhibition juxtaposes works by Palestinian artist Zeina Barakeh and Israeli artist Michal Gavish, centering on conflict, reconciliation, and history. Five Iranian artists participated in the audio part of this world-shaking project: Omid Fallahazad, Samira Hashemi, Pantea Karimi, Mahshid Modares, and Minoosh Zomorodinia. - 1/31/14

Photos: University Dissertation Presented On The Wall!

- 6 Iranian women (Bita, Elham, Mahzad, Setayesh, Simin, Zahra), who are university students majoring in Graphics, did their dissertation by doing a painting on the outside wall of a sports club in Tehran. Here are snapshots of the women at work and their amazing work of art! -Mohammad Babaei - 1/27/14

Iranian Artist Shirin Neshat Receives a Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum

- Every year at Davos, the Crystal Awards celebrate artists who not only excel in their art, but also help to improve the world around them. This year, the awards recognized three exceptional cultural leaders: the Academy Award-winning actor and humanitarian Matt Damon; the opera tenor Juan Diego Florez; and artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat. - 1/25/14

Iranian Arts Community Rallies Around Environmental Conference

- Iranian filmmaker Manijeh Hekmat has announced that on Saturday January 25, there will be a conference on environmental issues with participation from grassroots organizations, the Department of the Environment and other government officials. - 1/24/14

Authorities Close Cultural Events in Tehran Despite Rouhani's Recent Support of Artists

- A large crowd of eager guests, some of whom had traveled long distances, were not allowed to attend a cultural event organized by Chelcheragh magazine on Sunday, January 12, cancelled on orders from the Tehran General and Revolutionary Courts Prosecutor, according to the Police Commander. - 1/16/14

Art without freedom is nonsense: President Rohani

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani said that creativity is developed in the light of freedom and that art without freedom is nonsense. President Rohani made the remarks at Tehran's Vahdat Hall on Wednesday evening during a meeting attended by a large number of artists, literati, cineastes and groups of presidential advisors and officials. - 1/11/14

President Rohani: Art can flourish in a democratic society

- President Hassan Rohani on Wednesday met with a group of Iranian prominent artists and emphasized his determination to provide an appropriate situation for artistic creativity. Criticizing those who look at art from a security point of view, the president said art is not a menace and artists do not threaten the security of the country and the government should trust the art and artists. - 1/9/14
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