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Iranian movie “A Separation” wins best foreign language Oscar

oscar-2012-iran-i “A Separation” is the first Iranian movie to get the honour. The film, directed by Asghar Farhadi, is about a married couple faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimers.

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Payvand's top 20 News stories of 2011

My-Tehran-for-Sale--movie-poster-iWith millions of article impressions and thousands of articles on Payvand.com every year, here are the top 20 news stories most viewed, in case you missed any.

These viral articles are a reflection of what captured our attention the most in 2011.

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Payvand’s top 10 popular books for 2011

1-shah-iPayvand.com organizes hundreds of titles in more than 40 categories in its Iranbooks section.

Here is a list of top 10 sellers in 2011, reflecting our state of mind.

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Top cartoons in the first international Contest about books in Iran

cartoons- international-Contest-First_Prize_Mehdi_Mohammadi_Rouzbahani_Iran-i200 works selected from among over 2000 works were put on display in a week-long exhibition. 600 cartoonists from 61 countries had sent their cartoons.

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Sculptures: 6th National Sculpture Biennial exhibition in Tehran

Tehran-National-Sculpture-i67 art pieces were displayed in gallery one and two of Niavaran Cultural Center.

“The sky is mine” was key theme of the exhibition and the aim was creating a healthy competitive environment for growth and promotion of young talents.

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Cartoons: Iranian women in Metro by Elham Ataei Azar

Elham-Ataei-Azar-Poster-iElham Ataei Azar was born in 1984 in the city of Tabriz in northwestern Iran. She has earned her Masters in Physics. In this cartoon set, she is displaying 31 digitally created artworks about the different characters of women’s wagons in Tehran Metro.  Ataei Azar held an exhibition in early September in Tehran displaying this group of works as Men Do Not Enter.

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Photos: Magic of Persia contemporary art prize

Shahrzad-Changalvaee-Motherland-4-s-iOct 10 – 15 2011
Royal College of Art in London

Works by 8 of the most promising Iranian contemporary artists will be on free public exhibition at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London during London’s Frieze Week from October 10–15, 2011. The exhibition concludes with a charity auction of the exhibited works conducted by Christie’s – directly followed by an announcement revealing the MOP CAP 2011 Winner.

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Photos: Eighteenth International Youth Visual Arts Festival, Gorgan-Iran

Eighteenth-International-Festival-Youth-Arts-268-i270 Iranian artists showcased their works during the festival along with more than 50 participants from other countries. The event included paintings, caricatures, drawings, sculptures, graphic designs, calligraphies, illustrations, pottery, ceramic and photographs created by young artists.

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Photos: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a play

Snow White and the Seven DwarfsWhile this play shares the same name as the iconic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, it’s a black comedy about little people with a short-sighted belief system who are challenged in getting to their tall dreams of being supreme in a predetermined game of life. The play is directed by Nasir Malekjo and performed at Tehran’s City Theater.

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Woven colors of nature in exquisite Iranian clothes

woven-colours-natureA profusion of vibrant colours and patterns has always been one of the main features of traditional Iranian dress since ancient times. This characteristic is still evident in the traditional dresses of rural and tribal women, whereas in the polluted, built-up environment of towns and cities it has succumbed to dull, monotone colours.

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Mehregan 2011, A Celebration of Love, Knowledge, and Commitment

mehregan-2011-iOctober 1 – 2, 2011 (11 am – 11 pm)
Lakeside Lagoon Park in Irvine, CA

The Mehregan Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that the 15th Annual Persian Festival of Autumn (Mehregan 2011) is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 1 – 2, 2011 at the Lakeside Lagoon Park in Irvine, California.

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Exhibition: With The Passage Of Time

samira_alikhanzadeh_iAug. 8 to Oct. 15 2011
AB GALLERY Zurich

AB PROJECTS Zurich showcases Iranian artist Samira Alikhanzadeh. Old photographs and the play with colors and mirror fragments are characteristic of the series “With the Passage of Time”. The single mirror elements open the art work to its surrounding and create a dialogue between the observer and the work.

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PARSA CF Awards $370,000 to Museums and Institutions for Preserving and Advancing Persian Arts

PARSA-logo-iAs a part of its Mehrgan 2010 Grant Cycle and its steadfast commitment to preserving and promoting Persian arts and culture, PARSA Community Foundation is pleased to announce four grants to major museums and institutions to further expand and grow their stellar programs.

 

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Art Gallery: Zendegi - 12 contemporary Iranian artists in Beirut

ZENDEGI-TWELVE-CONTEMPORARY-IRANIAN-ARTISTS-iThursday, April 14 -May 30 2011

‘Zendegi’ in Persian means Life. This first major group show of contemporary Iranian artists in Beirut, sheds light on life and art in Iran as seen through the eyes of several of its most prominent and emerging artists.

 

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Tirgan festival magazine cover design contest, Visions of Eternity

Tirgan festival magazineDeadline: Saturday, April 30, 2011

Tirgan 2011 invites graphic designers to submit their design to the Tirgan Magazine 2011 Cover Design Contest. Designs meeting the following specifications will be considered for further detailed review by the panel of judges;

 

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Art Gallery: Elizabeth Taylor in Iran

Elizabeth-Taylor- in-Iran-Firooz-Zahedi-iFebruary 26 – June 12, 2011
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

In 1976 Elizabeth Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) visited Iran for the first and only time. Accompanying her was Firooz Zahedi, today a successful Hollywood photographer but then a recent art school graduate just learning his craft.

 

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