ARTS & CULTURE BEAT -By MASA ZOKAEI

 

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[TEHRAN]

Artists to Donate to UN Food Program

Thirty-two Iranian artists have donated 1334-80works to the United Nations World Food Program to raise funds to fight hunger. The works were unveiled during a ceremony in an exhibit at the Diplomatic Gallery of the ECO Cultural Institute in Tehran on Wednesday evening.

Motamed-Aria, who is an ambassador of the Mehrafarin Charity Society, spoke at the event.

“In such a meeting, I feel I exist, because here every look and move is full of humanity, affection and art,” she said.

Among the artists are AhamdEsfandiari, FatemehEmdadian, GholamhosseinAmirkhani, Reza Bangiz, SadeqTabrizi, EbrahimHaqigi, JalilRasuli, Maryam Zandi, Gisela VargaSinaii, FakhreddinFakhreddini, YadollahKaboli, Nicole Faridani and ParvizKalantari.

 [PENNSYLVANIA]

Khataei’s Exhibit in PittsburghIranian designing artist and painter 1334-81MehrdadKhataei’s drawing and printmaking works have been selected to be showcased in a gallery in Pennsylvania, United States.

Khataei’s two created works from his collection titled Lost at the Pigsty will be exhibited at the Box Heart Gallery in the city of Pittsburgh.

The biennial exhibition which is titled “Art Inter/National, Here and Abroad… 2013” is also to host some other works by a number of artists from across the world.

The “Art Inter/National” exhibition takes place January 8 through February 2, 2013.

 

[SAN FRANCISCO]

Etminani Exhibit at Art People Gallery

BobakEtminani has spent the last twenty years exploring the majestic 1334-82beauty hidden within the essence of existence, integrating into his work the viewpoints of modern physics and ancient wisdom about the cosmos. By allowing his paintings to be the continuation of the Universe, Etminani has reached a unique and refreshing pictorial space. Of his work, Etminani says: “I paint to harmonize my inner self with an ever-expanding force that weaves everything into one being.”

BobekEtminani will be showing his “Grey Paintings” collection at Art People Gallery from February 1st-15th, 2013. The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, February 7th from 4-7pm.

 

[HOUSTON]

Cyrus Cylinder at

Museum of Fine Arts

The iconic Cyrus Cylinder considered to be the first declaration of human rights, will make its way to the Museum 1334-83of Fine Arts, Houston this spring during a five-venue United States tour that includes the Smithsonian Institute and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

From The British Museum, the cylinder is inscribed in cuneiform on orders from Persian emperor Cyrus the Great following his defeat of Babylon in 539 BCE. The ancient clay charter introduces the new king as a reformer bringing peace throughout Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq). The document extols Cyrus’ efforts to rebuild temples destroyed by his Babylonian predecessors and to repatriate those displaced and captured by the old regime.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from May 3 to June 14, 2013

 

[TEHRAN]

Instrument Registered

at UNESCO

The chairman of Iran’s House of Music board of directors has asked the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts 1334-84Organization (CHTHO) to submit the Iranian tar to be registered on the UNESCO list.

“Due to its history in Iran, the tar could be registered as an independent Iranian instrument on the list,” Mohammad Sarir told the Persian service of MNA on Sunday..

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage inscribed the art of craftsmanship and performance of the tar, a long-necked stringed instrument, for the Republic of Azerbaijan on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in early December.

Many Iranian cultural organizations censured the UNESCO decision to inscribe an Iranian instrument for Azerbaijan on its list. They have also lamented the negligence of Iranian cultural officials.

CHTHO has made no comment about the UNESCO decision so far.

 

[INDIANANPOLIS]

New Islamic Art Exhibit

“Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture”, the new exhibition of Islamic art at the 1334-85Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Al Khemir collected artwork from more than 50 lenders for the exhibition. The Indianapolis Museum of Art is represented by two pottery bowls made in Iran in the 13th century.

Political upheaval in the Middle East prevented Al Khemir from securing items via the governments of Tunisia, her home country, and Egypt.

Calligraphy, figurative representations and patterns make up the three stylistic segments of “Beauty and Belief.”

On exhibit Nov. 2 through Jan. 13 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Visit IMAmuseum.org or call (317) 923-1331.