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Photos: Ali Davari's sculptures from old car parts

Ali-Davari-sculptures-3-iAli Davari was born in Tehran in 1957 and is a retired technician from Iranian Airlines (Homa).

Saba Art and Cultural Institute exhibitioned his metal sculptures in the form of birds and humans. Davari also participated in the beautification of Tehran sculpture symposium in Barg Gallery.

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Boston Museum of Fine Arts Festival of Films from Iran

museum of the fine arts bostonSupported by the ILEX Foundation, the annual event has become one of the most extensive showcases of contemporary Iranian cinema in the United States.

The Festival begins on January 14 with Frontier Blues. Featuring a cast of nonprofessional actors, the film weaves four men’s stories, each set in Iran’s multi-ethic region of Turkmenistan. Other highlights include: Please Do Not Disturb, All Restrictions End, There are Things You Don’t Know, Salve, and finally The White Meadows on January 29.

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Payvand's top 10 News stories of 2010

Fatima-Islamic-doll-Iran-iWith millions of article impressions on Payvand.com every year, here are the top 10 news stories most viewed, in case you missed them.

These are a relfection of what went viral and captured our attention the most in 2010.

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Payvand's Top 10 Flickr Photos of 2010

3- White flower - Bahman Farzad-iFlickr is one of the best online photo management and sharing applications on the net. This year we have looked over hundreds of photos and here are our top ten photographs posted on Flickr in 2010. It will be fun to see what has attracted viewers in 2010.

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Art Gallery: Water's Silence, a group exhibition

Henna-Art-Gallery-Water-Silence-12-iHenna Art Gallery Tehran
Dec. 19 – 24 2010

“Water’s Silence” the exhibition is curated around the theme of Cactus plant, symbol of patience, endurance, persistence and nostalgia for the days of yore. The exhibition presents the works of 14 Iranian Artists exploring the theme through different mediums of art.

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Art Gallery: Beautiful Works of Maryam Javanbakht at Agora Gallery New York

Javanbakht-calligraphy-1-iJan. 11 – Feb 1 2011

Maryam Javanbakht works in the millennia-old style of traditional black and white Iranian calligraphy. Her hybrid practice involving watercolor, gauche, chalk and ink on paper, known as “Naghashi Khat” (painting-calligraphy) imbues classic Iranian poems like those of Molavi, Hafez, Khayyam and Baba Taher with a transatlantic contemporary flair.

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Posters: Tokyo Designers Week 2010 Awards Iranian Artist

lifeismyright1-iKhashayar Teimouri has been awarded at the 2010 Tokyo Designers Week (TDW) held by Japan on the theme of “Endangered Species.”  Teimouri’s Life is My Right won him the second prize of the event which he shared with Slovenia’s Miha Kosmac.

Israel’s Anna Braverman’s  “Living Tracks” received the event’s grand prize.

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Art Gallery: New Faces - Iran

7-Mohammad-Hassan-Morshedzadeh-iLondon Gallery – Janet Rady Fine Art @ La Ruche
Nov. 19  –  Dec. 12 2010

Janet Rady Fine Art in association with Arte Sara are pleased to present the works of nine hugely talented, young Iranian artists. All previously nominated for the UN Habitat Prize in 2009, these artists are reunited in a tightly curated show which serves to illustrate the depth of artistic skill in Iran today.

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Art Gallery: Contemporary Persian Calligraphy by Fereydoun Omidi

Calligraphy-Fereydoun-Omidi-7a-iHenna Art Gallery – Tehran
November 26 – December 10 2010

Fereydoun Omidi was born in 1967 in Roudbar Iran. He attended the Azad University and has been a member of the Iran Society of painters. Since 1995 he has held many exhibitions in Tehran but also a number of group exhibitions abroad including Japan, Venice and Paris.

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Video: Photo Series Inspired by Persian Poetry - PG13

2010-foto-series-Majeed-Beenteha-iPhotos:  Majeed Beenteha
Music:  Rimsky Korsakov Scheherazade

So strong is the Persian aptitude for versifying everyday expressions that one can encounter poetry in almost every classical work, whether from Persian literature, science, or metaphysics.

In short, the ability to write in verse form was a pre-requisite for any scholar. For example, almost half of Avicenna’s medical writings are in verse.

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Face of 5000 year old Iranian woman reconstructed

5000-year-iranian-womanRome’s National Museum of Oriental Art has displayed the reconstructed face of a female skeleton which was found in Iran’s Burnt City wearing an artificial eyeball.

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Photos: Saadabad Palace Complex in Tehran – Iran

Sadabad-Palace-6-iThe Saadabad Palace is a palace built by the Pahlavi dynasty of Iran in the Shemiran area of Tehran.

The complex was first inhabited by Qajar monarchs and royal family in the 19th century. After an expansion of the compounds, Reza Shah lived there in the 1920s. And his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi moved there in the 1970s.

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Googoosh Music Academy, a Persian Talent Show

Googoosh-music-academy-iGoogoosh Music Academy is a new television series to discover unknown talents with the help and guidance of Googoosh.

The idea of  the show is not only for the audience to vote for their favorites, but also to teach these talents how to best reach their highest potential.

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Cartoons: Iranian woman cartoonist Firouzeh Mozaffari

mozaffari6-iCartoons are generally enjoyed for their wit, satire, or just for the sheer fun of them. But in some parts of the world they can provoke anger, outrage, or even violence and death, as was the case with the Danish cartoons a few years ago.

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Posters: Iranian graphic designer awarded at Mexican biennial

Mohammad-Jamshidi-Iran-Fear-and-mental-damage-i

Iranian graphic designer Mohammad Jamshidi took third place at the International Poster Biennial of Mexico.

He was selected for the third place for his poster “Fear and Mental Anguish” in Category A of the biennial which is dedicated to cultural posters.

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Photos: Rostam and Esfandyar, tales from the Shahnameh at Tehran's City Theater Complex

Rostam-Esfandiar-iDirected by: Pari Saberi

The Esfandyar of legend is best known from the tragic story of a battle with Rostam, as described in Ferdowsi’s epic Shahnameh, or Book of Kings. It is one of the longest episodes in the epic, and one of its literary highlights.

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