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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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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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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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Photos: Iranian photographer, Azadeh Akhlaghi, Me According to Others

suspension08-iThe successful Iranian photographer, Azadeh Akhlaghi, initially wanted to become a poet. She was perhaps inspired by her birthplace, Shiraz, whose name is synonymous with poetry and has produced some of the most revered poets of Iran.

 

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Photos: Selected performances from Fajr Theater Festival

Fajr-festival-2011-Clouds-behind-larynx-iThe festival, started in 1982, is under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture in Iran. It takes place every year on the anniversary of the Iranian revolution.

 

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What's your Iranian-American object portraiture?

Iranian-American-object-portraiture-iDualism is part of my thesis project exploring the identity of Iranian-Americans through the use of object portraiture. The idea is to better understand the Iranian-American demographic through the objects that we keep around and associate as part of our identity.

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Art Gallery: Afsoon, Icons of the 4 Corners

Aishwarya-Rai-628-iLondon – Xerxes Art
March 25 to April 4, 2011

Iranian born London based artist Afsoon has re-visited the openness and innocence of the late 60s and 70s, and the blossoming of creativity and progress during that era.

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Art Gallery: Cocoon, Abstract Human Body by Laleh Ardestani

Henna-Art-Gallery-Cocoon-Laleh-Ardestani-2-iTehran – Henna Art Gallery
Jan. 21  – Feb. 4 2011

Laleh Ardestani, following a period of expressive show casing of humanly bodies full of emotion, has now taken up a more abstract view.

Although one can still see faded shadows of human body mixed in an entangled mass of centric compositions, but in the implementations of her ideal private spaces, this time she chooses a more vague language.

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2011 Sundance Film Festival Presents Circumstance by Maryam Keshavarz

Circumstance-iJan 22-29 2011 Salt Lake City
Categories: U.S. Dramatic Competition

Synopsis – A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession.

Maryam Keshavarz (born in New York, United States) is an Iranian-American filmmaker.

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Photos: The Play Hedda Gabler in Tehran’s City Hall Theatre – stopped for moral review

Hedda-Gabler-play -Tehran-031-iHedda Gabler is a play first published in 1890 by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. The play premiered in 1891 in Germany to negative reviews, but has subsequently gained recognition as a classic of realism, nineteenth century theatre, and world drama.

Hedda Gabler was translated to Persian and directed by Vahid Rahbani.

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Mir Hossein Mousavi's abstract paintings

Hossein-Mousavi-abstract-paintings-01-iMir-Hossein Mousavi Khameneh (born March 1942), was the last Prime Minister of Iran from 1981 to 1989, and later he developed his passion for painting and writing poetry.

Mousavi served as the president of the Iranian Academy of Arts until 2009 when conservative authorities removed him due to his 2009 election candidacy and protest.

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Art Gallery: Passion for Perfection, Islamic art from the Khalili Collections in Amsterdam

Passion-for-Perfection-Islamic-art-000-War-Mask-Anatolia-or-Western-Iran-15th century-iDe Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) in Amsterdam will present highlights from one of the world’s most renowned collections of Islamic art.

Passion for Perfection will include some 500 objects from the collection of Professor Nasser D. Khalili. From 11 December 2010 to 17 April 2011, De Nieuwe Kerk will glitter with richly illuminated Qur’ans and manuscripts, paintings, gold, jewels, textiles, ceramics, glassware, lacquerware, metalwork, and wood carvings.

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Art Gallery: Works of four young Iranian women titled Closed

Closed-Henna-Art-Gallery-6-iTehran – Henna Art Gallery
Dec 31 2010 – Jan 14 2011

Henna Art Gallery is pleased to present the Works of four Young Iranian women: Mina Anooshei, Mahsa Tehrani, Naeeme Naeemaee and Elham Sadeghi. Their paintings reflect their own personal lives while being deeply poetic and internal.

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