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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN -- Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev visited Iran’s pavilion at the Sofia International Book Fair, which was held at National Palace of Culture from December 10 to 15.
     
    Iranian cultural attaché Ali Kiani presented a Bulgarian version of the Shahnameh, Persian poet Ferdowsi’s masterpiece, to Plevneliev during the visit, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Tuesday.
     
    Over 120 titles in Persian, English, Bulgarian, and Arabic languages were put on display at Iran’s pavilion.
     
    Romania was the guest of honor at the Sofia International Book Fair. 
     
    Publishers from Russia, Spain, Serbia, Hungary and several other countries displayed their latest offerings at the exhibition.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian director Hadi Mohammadian has made a 3D animation that chronicles the life of the Roman emperor’s granddaughter, Malika, who went on to become the mother of Imam Mahdi (AS), the 12th Imam of Shias.
     
    The animation entitled “The Princess of Rome” tells how Malika, who was the daughter of Yusha, the son of the Roman emperor, was brought to Samarra, where she married Imam Hassan al-Askari (AS), the 11th Imam of the Shia, Mohammadian told the Persian service of MNA on Tuesday.
     
    “I began to make the animation last year and I am currently working on the final graphic processing of it,” he added. 
     
    Mohammadian also said that the animation will have its premiere in Tehran in February 2015 during the 33rd Fajr International Film Festival. 
     
    A Lebanese company (no name given) is scheduled to screen the Arabic version of the animation in Lebanon and several other countries in the Middle East, he added.
     
    Musician Arya Aziminejad, editor Hassan Ayyubi, producer Hamed Jafari, and director of voice actors Nasser Tahmasb are cooperating in the project.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati and Armenian Ambassador Grigor Arakelian discussed the expansion of cultural relations between the two countries during a meeting in Tehran on Tuesday.
     
    Jannati referred to the affinities between Armenian and Iranian music and said that they can help music bands from both countries team up for joint concerts.
     
    Due to the large population of Armenians in Isfahan, Jannati also said that the central Iranian city has the potential to host the countries’ joint cultural and art festivals.  
     
    During the meeting, Arakelian said that Iran has always been friendly with religious minorities.
     
    Photo: Iranian Culture Minister Ali Jannati (R) and Armenian Ambassador Grigor Arakelian meet in Tehran on December 16, 2014.
     
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  • 12/17/14--13:23: Art news in brief
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    10 screenplays by Mehdi Shojaei published
     
    TEHRAN – Ten 10 screenplays by author Seyed Mehdi Shojaei have recently been published in Tehran.
     
    The screenplays were unveiled during a ceremony at the Mehr News Agency on Tuesday.
     
    “Baduk”, “Passenger of Karbala”, “Rainy Yesterday”, “Man of Dreams”, and “Eye of the Bat” are among the screenplays, which were published by Neyestan Publications.
     
    Filmmakers Reza Mirkarimi and Rasul Sadr Ameli and producer Manuchehr Mohammadi also attended the ceremony. 
     
    Tehran Chamber Orchestra to reprise “Peace Horn” concert  
     
    TEHRAN - The Tehran Chamber Orchestra plans to repeat the Peace Horn concert, which was performed in Tehran during October.
     
    The orchestra, which will be conducted by Bardia Kiaras, will perform the concert at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on December 24 and 25, and January 7.
     
    The Tehran Vocal Ensemble led by conductor Milad Omranlu will accompany musician Ali Qamsari and vocalist Mohammad Motamedi in this concert.
     
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    TEHRAN – A group of Russian Iranologists and Persian language scholars came together for a one-day meeting in Moscow on Tuesday to share their latest studies in this field.
     
    Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Sanaii also attended the meeting, which was held at the ambassador’s official residence, and said that Iran is ready to support study projects on Iran in the country.
     
    The deputy director of the Iranian studies department of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Nina Mamedova, also attended the meeting.
     
    “Unfortunately, Russians do not have updated information about Iranian society and its development,” she lamented.
     
    She said that the studies conducted by Iranologists have a great impact on the introduction of Iran in this country.
     
    At the seminar, the director of Iranian philology department of Moscow State University, Vladimir Borisovich Ivanov, also delivered a speech about the development of Persian language in Russia.
     
    A number of Iranian scholars also attended the session, which was organized by the Iranian Embassy in Moscow.
     
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    TEHRAN -- “Shia in Islam: Dialogues with Henry Corbin”, Allameh Mohammad-Hossein Tabatabaii’s book that contains his dialogues and correspondence with French philosopher and Orientalist professor Henry Corbin, was reviewed in a meeting in Rome last week.
     
    The meeting was held in Caffe Letterario on December 13, attended by Roberto Revello, a faculty member of the Philosophy Department of the University of Insubria, and Italian publisher Giuseppe M. Aiello who published the book in collaboration with the Iranian cultural attaché’s office in Rome, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Wednesday.
     
    The book “Islam Sciita: Dialoghi con Henry Corbin” was translated into Italian by Alireza Jalali and Mona Rezvan, edited by Iman Mansub-Basiri and the Ahlul-Bayt World Assembly.
     
    Allameh Tabatabaii and Corbin were in contact for twenty years. The communication started in 1958 and continued until Corbin’s death in 1978.
     
    Italian publisher Giuseppe M. Aiello called the book a great honor for his publication firm in introducing a book on the Shia school of Islam.
     
    Aiello added that he, as an Italian who has converted to Islam, has found the answer to many questions in reading this book.
     
    He mentioned that Allameh Tabatabaii has made the readers familiar with the deep meanings of Shia Islam and has presented wise philosophical responses to the questions in the book.
     
    Cultural Attaché Qorbanali Purmarjan gave a brief introduction about Allameh Tabatabaii and the history of the academic and philosophical dialogues between the Shia and Western scholars.
     
    Roberto Revello for his part noted that he got to know the school of Shia theology through Corbin.
     
    Corbin, who was a great philosopher of the West, acts like a student in front of Allameh Tabatabaii and listens to his words sincerely, Revello said, adding that Corbin was thirsty to learn about the truth and recognized Allmaeh as a source to quench his thirst.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Singaporean ambassador to Iran, Chew Tai Soo, has said that Iranian films give the Singaporean a special attractive taste of cinema.
     
    He made the comment during a meeting with Cinema Organization of Iran Director Hojjatollah Ayyubi in Tehran on Tuesday.      
     
    Chew pointed to the Iranian film festival, which was held for six days during June 2014, and said that Singaporean filmgoers packed the theaters hosting the festival during the days.
     
    He described the Singaporean cinephile and said that they see most of Hollywood’s productions before the movies premiere in the U.S.  
     
    However he stated that Iranian movies have the potential to rival those of Hollywood.
     
    The meeting went on with Ayyubi’s update. He briefed Chew on the current situation in Iranian cinema.
     
    The Iranian film festival was organized in Singapore from June 19 to 24, and included a screening of Asghar Farhadi’s acclaimed film “A Separation”.
     
    “So Far, So Close” by Seyyed Reza Mirkarimi, “I Feel Sleepy” by Reza Attaran, “The Hidden Half” by Tahmineh Milani and “The Wedlock” by Ruhollah Hejazi were also screened during the event.
     
     
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    TERHAN -- Acclaimed Iranian vocalist Alireza Qorbani’s new album “Éperdument” (“Lost in Love”) will be released in Paris on January 27.
     
    The album, which is composed by Saman Samimi, has been recorded by the French company Accords Croisés.
     
    Works by Persian classical poets Abu-Saeid Abul-Kheir and Rumi, and works by contemporary poets Mohammadreza Shafiei Kadkani and Fereidun Moshiri were performed for the album.
     
    The album also contains a song composed by Iranian poet, lyricist and musician Aref Qazvin (1882-1934).
     
    “Deldar”, “Monajat”, “Afarinesh”, “Bidad” and “Afshari” are among the songs.
     
    “I will be traveling to Paris to promote the album and also will be giving a performance on Radio France Internationale,” he told the Persian service of ILNA on Thursday.
     
    Qorbani’s collaboration with Moroccan singer Dorsaf Hamdani in the album “Ivresses” (“Rapture”) was released by Accords Croisés in 2011.
     
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iran’s cultural attaché office in Armenia plans to hold an international seminar on cultural opportunities of Iran in Transcaucasia (the South Caucasus) to be held in Armenia next year.
     
    Entitled “Opportunities and Challenges of Cultural Presence of Iran in Transcaucasia”, several scholars from Iran, Russia and Georgia will be invited to discuss the topic in the seminar due to be held in September 2015. 
     
    The decision was made at the recent meeting attended by Iran’s cultural attaché Majid Meshki and the director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia Ruben Safrastyan, Islamic Culture and Relations Organizations (ICRO) has announced on its website.
     
    Several Iranian and international organizations including the Institute of Oriental Studies are due to collaborate in the project.
     
    They also discussed the establishment of an Islamology office in the institute.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Swedish children’s author Astrid Lindgren’s “The Red Bird” has been published in Persian with a message from its illustrator Marit Törnqvist for Iranian children.
     
    Törnqvist and Lindgren’s heirs have donated the copyright of the book to the Institute for Research on the History of Children’s Literature in Iran (IRHCLI), the Persian service of ISNA reported on Sunday.
     
    “The Red Bird” tells the story of two orphans who are adopted by a stern farmer. Matthew and Anna’s grim lives are full of work and despair. They look forward to winter when they can attend school, but it fails to provide the joy they seek. As they begin to lose all hope, the children are saved by a red bird that leads them to a magical world where there is a mother to care for them and they can play all day in the sun.
     
    Swedish illustrator Törnqvist wrote in his message for Iranian children that the book might help them realize some of their dreams.
     
    The book was translated into Persian by Zohreh Qaini. 
     
    All income from sales of the book will be spent in the deprived Iranian regions for Read with Me, a program run by the IRHCLI for the promotion of reading.  
     
     
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    TEHRAN – Abbas Kiarostami’s first full-length film, “The Traveler” (1974), was screened at Tehran’s Kurosh Cinema Complex on Saturday, 40 years after its premiere.
     
    A production of the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA), “The Traveler” tells the story of a soccer-loving boy who travels alone to Tehran to see the national side play but falls asleep just before the match begins. 
     
    Actor Mehdi Hashemi, stage director Mohammad Rahmanian, filmmakers Seifollah Samadian and Amirshahab Razavian, and several other cineastes attended the screening, the Persian service of the Mehr News Agency reported on Sunday.
     
    In a short speech before the film screening, Mehdi Hashemi expressed his respect to Kiarostami, and said, “I believe this film opened a new path in filmmaking in the history of Iran’s cinema, a way which, fortunately, still continues.”
     
    “I believe the approach Kiarostami has picked in his filmmaking has a distinct stripe of beauty, of which the young filmmakers are aware today,” Hashemi added.
     
    Rahmanian expressed his satisfaction that art films are being screened and over the fact that he had the chance to watch Kiarostami’s “The Traveler”.
     
    Samadian called the establishment of a committee in charge of screening art films by the Cinema Organization of Iran a big event.
     
    Kiarostami expressed hope that the audience would enjoy watching the film and said that he has not seen the film since it was made 40 years ago.
     
    “The film ‘Traveler’ naturally has technical problems, and I always like to gain experience, which can help in the development of techniques in cinema. However, I wish I had not gained (all this experience), and I could continue as I was at the beginning of my career, since as we gain proficiency in techniques, we lose the good feelings,” he added.
     
    Another Kiarostami film, “A Suit for a Wedding” (1976), that tells the story of a young tailor’s apprentice who lends out a wedding suit to his street pals, was also screened on the same day.
     
    A large number of people also watched the two art films along with the cineastes.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Veteran Iranian actor Morteza Ahamdi, who also was the author of several books on the folk culture of Tehran, died at his home in Tehran on Sunday. He was 90. 
     
    Born in Tehran in 1924, he began his career in acting at age 18 when he established the Mah Theater, where he performed traditional Iranian plays and storytelling programs.
     
    Shortly afterwards, he left the theater and resumed the storytelling programs at the Farhang Theater. He also played roles in some performances at the theater.
     
    He was employed as a repairman in Tehran’s Railway Company as he was also pursuing his career in acting.
     
    In 1944, Ahamdi began collaboration with the state-run Iranian TV and radio with playing roles in radio comedy dramas. 
     
    He also pursued a career in dubbing, lending his voice to many characters in foreign films and animations, one of which was “Pinocchio”. He voiced the Fox in the animated series.
     
    Ahmadi also gave a rhythmic voiceover narration to “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who”, a 2008 production of 20th Century Fox.
     
    “Working for children is still important for me… I am always ready to engage in any production for children,” he said in an interview in 2008 when he was collaborating with Iran’s Young Voice Actors Forum in dubbing the animation.   
     
    Ahmadi was one of the few artists who possess expertise in Iran’s traditional theatrical performances such as ru-hozi, pardekhani, siah-bazi.
     
    He was also a skillful singer of zarbikhni, a traditional Iranian performance during which a singer perform folk songs with a tombak, a Persian percussion instrument.
     
    He performed over 400 song of this kind, some of which were released in the two albums of “Voice of Old Tehran” and “Voice of Old Tehran 2”.
     
    Some of his songs were published in a book entitled “The Olds of Ever-New”, which was published by Qoqnus in January 2014. 
     
    His memoir “Me and Life”, “A Glance at Tehran and Its People”, which is about the folk culture of city, was published in 2014 and 2013.
     
    He played roles in many films and TV series, including “The Sultan of Sahebqaran”, “Grand Cinema”, “Waiting for Satan”, “”Autobus” and “The Man who Knew Too Much”.
     
    Ahamdi married one of his colleagues at the Railway Company in 1955. However, his wife died of cancer 16 years after their marriage.
     
    He is survived by his daughter Azita and son Maziar. 
     
     
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  • 12/23/14--12:20: Art news in brief
  • Works by British photographer Michael Kenna on display in Yasuj

    TEHRAN – A collection of works by British photographer Michael Kenna displaying natural attractions of some countries is currently on display in an exhibition at the Baran Gallery in the western Iranian city of Yasuj.
     
    The collection is composed of 40 black and white photos that Kenna, 62, has taken during different seasons.
     
    He is best known for his black and white works.
     
    Organized by the branch office of the Iranian Young Cinema Society of Kohkiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, the exhibition runs until December 29.
     
    “A Behanding in Spokane” to go on stage at Tehran theater

    TEHRAN – Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s “A Behanding in Spokane” will go on stage at the Entezami Hall of Tehran’s Iranshahr Theater Complex beginning January 1.
     
    The play will be performed by a troupe composed of Nader Fallah, Vahid Rad, Neda Jebraeili and Amin Tabatabaii. Danial Khojasteh is the director of the play.
     
    The play is about the hapless, volatile Carmichael who has searched tirelessly for his missing hand, severed years before by a band of ruffians. His search culminates in an encounter with a small-time con couple who hope to profit from his desperate pursuit.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Iranian cultural attaché’s office in Sarajevo commemorated Persian poet Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273) during a ceremony on Monday.
     
    “Deep thinking and profound meaning are the main characteristics of Rumi’s prose and poetry,” Iran’s cultural attaché in Bosnia, Mohammadreza Aram, said during the ceremony.
     
    He called Rumi a poet who invites people to wisdom and moderation in his writings.
     
    The director of the Persian Language Department of the University of Sarajevo, Namir Karahalilovic, also delivered a speech at the ceremony.
     
    “Rumi’s Masnavi-ye Manavi can be considered as a symbol of man’s love toward God. It expresses the human’s desire to return to God,” he said.
     
    Karahalilovic asked all Persian speakers to read Rumi’s books and transfer his messages through translation to other peoples of the world.  
     
    An exhibition of paintings by Bosnian artist Badredin Hadžiabdic on Rumi also opened on the sidelines of the meeting.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The international section of the Fajr Film Festival has been set for April and May 2015 following the organizers’ decision in September to hold the event separate from the national section.
     
    Hence, the 33rd Fajr International Film Festival, Iran’s most important event on the motion picture industry, will be held in Tehran from April 25 to May 2, 2015, the organizers announced on Tuesday.
     
    The international section includes two categories of the Islamic and Asian Countries’ Cinema (Eastern Panorama), and World Cinema (Salvation).
     
    A number of short films and documentaries will be screened on the sidelines of the festival.
     
    The deadline for submissions is February 20.
     
    This is first time the international competition section will be held independently of the national section and at a different time.
     
    The organizers decided in September to split the international section from the Fajr Film Festival.
     
    “Despite all the efforts that were made to organize the international section, the attractions of the national section and its various subjects overshadowed the potential of the international section,” the secretary of the festival, Alireza Rezadad, said at that time.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Austrian Ambassador Friedrich Stift, Turkish Ambassador Riza Hakan Tekin, and Norwegian Ambassador Aud Lise Norheim visited the Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati during separate meetings in Tehran.
     
    The expansion of cultural relations was discussed at the meetings, the Culture Ministry announced in press releases on Monday.
     
    “Both countries can collaborate on publication and translation of books, music, theatrical performance, motion picture industry and visual arts,” Jannati said in his meeting with Stift.
     
    He also emphasized the need for the resumption of Persian language courses in Austrian universities.
     
    Stift referred to the long history of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Tehran and said that even some occasional difficulties have never caused the forum to stop its activities in Iran.
     
    He called Iran a popular destination for Austrian artists and said that interaction between Austrian and Iranian artists can play a key role in the expansion of relations between the two nations.
     
    Stift also expressed his interest in organizing an exhibition of rare Medieval Austrian manuscripts in Iran. 
     
    In addition, he said that his country is interested in hosting an exhibition of artwork on display at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.
     
    In the meeting with Hakan Tekin, Jannati emphasized the need for establishing an Iranian-Turkish joint cultural committee to coordinate relations between Iranian cultural organizations, including the Culture Ministry, Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, and relevant Turkish organizations.
     
    He said that several memorandums of understanding on cultural fields have been signed between the two countries over the past two years, and the committee could help the MOUs come into effect.
     
    Hakan Tekin described Iran as a close important neighbor and said that he will do his best to prepare the ground for the completion of the MOUs.  
     
    During her meeting with Jannati, Norwegian Ambassador Norheim praised Iranian cinema and said that Iranian films have been acclaimed in many prestigious international events and also added that Iran has a greater number of female filmmakers than other countries.
     
    She also talked about Norwegian thespians’ desire for participating in Iran’s Fajr International Theater Festival.  
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Cinquantenaire Museum - Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels has returned a collection of Persian artifacts, which had been taken by a Belgian diplomat 35 years ago.
     
    The collection, which contains over 300 ancient items, was restituted to the Iranian Embassy in Brussels after a Brussels appeals court ruled that the Iranian artifacts must be sent back to Iran, the Iranian presidential office announced on its website on Tuesday.
      
    The collection, which was excavated from a 4000-year-old ancient site near the village of Khorvin, over 60 kilometers west of Tehran, was being kept by Yolande Wolfcarius-Maleki, a French national who acquired Iranian nationality by marriage in 1965.
     
    She gave the artifacts to the Belgian diplomat, who was one of her relatives, to transfer to Belgium gradually.   
     
    Wolfcarius-Maleki loaned the antiquities to the Department of Archaeology at Ghent University. In 1981, Iran filed a lawsuit in Brussels court against the French woman after being informed about artifacts at the university.
     
    Afterwards, the artifacts were confiscated by the court’s ruling. The collection was also transferred to the Cinquantenaire Museum until the court reached its final decision.   
     
    Wolfcarius-Maleki died, but her heirs pursued the case.
     
    In 1998, the court rejected Iran’s claim on the artifacts. However, Iran filed an appeal in a court in Liège, where Wolfcarius-Maleki’s heirs won the legal case. 
     
    Iran filed an appeal in the supreme court of Liège and the court reversed the lower court’s order in October 2014 and ruled that antiquities must be sent back to Iran.
     
    No details were mentioned in the report concerning the types of artifacts. 
     
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    TEHRAN – An Iranian troupe will stage a musical entitled “A Scheherazade Should Be” based on the story of Scheherazade, the legendary Persian queen and the storyteller of “One Thousand and One Nights”.
     
    The Shiftegan-e Del Theater Troupe, which will be choreographed by Hayedeh Kishipur, will perform the musical at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on January 2.
     
    Zahra Purbabak will play the role of Scheherazade in the play, which was written by Nima Khosravi.
     
    Only women are allowed to attend the performances, which will be staged by a cast of over 40 female performers.
     
    “One Thousand and One Nights” is the story of the Persian king Shahriar who marries a girl each night and the next morning he beheads her to take revenge from his unfaithful wife.
     
    He had killed 1,000 such women by the time he was introduced to Scheherazade. She begins to tell a fascinating story during the night for the king but she does not finish it. 
     
    And so the King kept Scheherazade alive day by day, as he eagerly anticipated the finishing of the previous night’s story. At the end of 1,001 nights, and 1,000 stories, Scheherazade told the king that she had no more tales to tell him. 
     
    During these 1001 nights, the king had fallen in love with Scheherazade, and spared her life, and made her his queen.
     
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  • 12/26/14--12:18: What’s in art gallery
  •  Painting
     
    * An exhibition of paintings by Mohammad-Mehdi Rasuli is currently underway at Sareban Gallery.
     
    The exhibition runs until January 5, 2015 at the gallery located at 8 Mehmandust St., off Shahid Beheshti Ave.
     
    * A retrospective of painter Mehdi Hosseini is underway at Vista Gallery.
     
    The exhibition runs until January 9, 2015 at the gallery located on 12th Alley, off Mir Emad Ave.
     
    * Asar Gallery is hosting an exhibition of paintings by Mohamamd Hamzeh.
     
    The exhibition runs until January 16, 2015 at the gallery located at 16 Barforushan St. off Iranshahr Street. 
     
    * Shokuh Gallery is playing host to an exhibition of paintings by Vahid Moini and a number of his students.
     
    The exhibit runs until December 31 at the gallery located at 19 Amir Nuri Alley, North Salimi St. near Andarzgu Blvd.
     
    * Paintings by Roya Hosseini are currently on display at Golestan Gallery.
     
    The exhibit will run until December 31 at the gallery, which can be found at 34 Kamasaii St. in the Darus neighborhood.
     
    * Seyhun Gallery is playing host to an exhibition paintings by Nilufar Kasbi.
     
    The exhibit will run until January 7, 2015 at the gallery located at No. 11, 4th Alley, off Vozara St.
     
    * An exhibition of paintings by Masumeh Moazaffari is currently underway at Tarrahan-e Azad Gallery. 
     
    The exhibit will run until January 6, 2015 at the gallery located at 41 Salmas Square, off Fatemi St.
     
    * Paintings by Ladan Alavi are on show in an exhibition at Persian Idea Gallery.
     
    The exhibit runs until December 31 at the gallery located at 28 Azar Alley, Kolahduz St., and Shariati Ave.
     
     
     Photo
     
    * The Silk Road Gallery is hosting to an exhibition of photos by Havar Amini and Salaheddin Ebrahimi, which runs until January 5.
     
    The gallery can be found at 103 Lavasani St. in the Kamranieh neighborhood.
     
    * An exhibition of photos by Kiarang Alaii is underway at Gallery No. 6.
     
    The exhibit will run until January 5, 2015 at the gallery, which can be found at No. 2, 20th Alley, off Mirza-ye Shirazi Ave.
     
    * Arte Gallery is displaying a collection of photos by Maryam Asgari.
     
    The exhibit runs until January 1, 2015 at the gallery located on Molla Sadra St., near Vanak Square.
     
    Sculpture 
     
    * A collection of Sculptures by Abbas Akbari is on show at Aun Gallery.
     
    The exhibit runs until January 7, 2015 at the gallery located at 40 Seoul St. off Vanak Sq.
     
    Calligraphic Painting
     
    * An exhibition of calligraphic paintings by Babak Yaquti is underway at Atbin Gallery.
     
    The exhibit runs until January 5, 2015 at the gallery located at 42 Khakzad Alley, Parkway Intersection, off Vali-e Asr Ave.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The collection of Persian artifacts, which was recovered from the Cinquantenaire Museum - Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, will put on display in an exhibition at the National Museum of Iran in the near future.
     
    The museum will also organize workshops about the artifacts, the deputy director of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, Mohammad-Hassan Talebian, said in a press release on Thursday.
     
    The collection, which is composed of 349 pottery and metal artifacts, arrived in Tehran on Thursday after a legal challenge that lasted 33 years.
     
    The artifacts had been excavated from a 4000-year-old ancient site near the village of Khorvin, over 60 kilometers west of Tehran.
     
    With the help of a Belgian diplomat, Yolande Wolfcarius-Maleki, a French national who acquired Iranian nationality by marriage in 1965, transferred the artifacts to Belgium 35 years ago.
     
    Wolfcarius-Maleki loaned the collection to the Department of Archaeology at Ghent University. In 1981, Iran filed a lawsuit in Brussels court against the French woman after being informed about artifacts at the university.
     
    Consequently, the artifacts were confiscated by the court’s ruling and the collection was transferred to the Cinquantenaire Museum until the court reached its final decision.   
     
    Wolfcarius-Maleki died, but her heirs pursued the case.
     
    In 1998, the court rejected Iran’s claim on the artifacts. However, Iran filed an appeal in a court in Liège, where Wolfcarius-Maleki’s heirs won the legal case. 
     
    Iran filed an appeal in the supreme court of Liège and the court reversed the lower court’s order in October 2014 and ruled that antiquities must be sent back to Iran.
     
     
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