Art And Culture

National Painting Symposium to Go Beyond Borders

National Painting Symposium to Go Beyond BordersNational Painting Symposium to Go Beyond Borders

The third edition of the Tehran National Painting Symposium will be held at the international level, said the director of Qasr Garden Museum in Tehran, at the closing ceremony of the second symposium.

Noting that the event was run at the national level this year too, Mohammadreza Saeidi said, “Our plan is to prepare the required infrastructure for future editions as soon as possible to host the painting event internationally.” The final day of the symposium was held at the garden museum on Tuesday (Feb. 24), coinciding with the birth anniversary of Hazrat Zeinab, granddaughter of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Among the total 224 submitted works on the subjects of ‘Freedom’ and ‘Tehran,’ 15 were selected, ISNA quoted Saeidi as saying.

On holding the symposium in Tehran, Hamid Shahabadi, cultural advisor to the minister of culture and Islamic guidance, said in a metropolis where people are bogged down by the fast pace of everyday life, “we need a breath of fresh air, and it can be done by blowing a gust of art into the city.”

He pointed out that art is an essential element of a city’s cultural development and added: “By organizing such events we can help promote artistic elegance and aesthetics in the society.”

  Plaques Awarded

The winners of the symposium were awarded a commendation plaque and a cash prize.

Fifteen artists attended the five-day function which saw the creation of a large number of paintings. Works of the artists, painted on canvas in the size of 120 cm by 180 cm each, were evaluated by a 5-member jury of art professionals, selected from the Society of Iranian Painters. The artworks were displayed at the garden museum.

Secretary of cultural and tourism center at Tehran Municipality Mahmoud Aqdam, lawmaker Laleh Eftekhari, and head of the Development of Cultural Spaces Company of Tehran Municipality Khalil Rahati attended the event.

The first edition of the symposium was held last year at the same venue.

Qasr was a prison in central Tehran which was later turned into a cultural center under the Tehran Municipality.