Art And Culture

‘Haft Negah’ Art Expo at Niavaran Cultural Center

‘Haft Negah’ Art Expo at Niavaran Cultural Center‘Haft Negah’ Art Expo at Niavaran Cultural Center

The 8th edition of the art exhibition and auction ‘Haft Negah’ (literally ‘Seven Views’) was inaugurated at Niavaran Cultural Center on Friday.

The event displays a collection of items including paintings, sculptures, calligraphies, calligrams and ‘coffee shop’ style paintings by around 290 contemporary Iranian artists, ISNA quoted exhibition curator Lili Golestan, as saying.

“Works by masters of Iranian visual artists like Sohrab Sepehri, Mohammad Ehsai, Sedaqat Jabbari, Yadollah Kaboli, Ebrahim Haqiqi, Ali Shirazi, Jalil Rasouli, Parvaneh Etemadi, Hannibal Alkhas, Iraj Zand and Farah Osuli are offered at reasonable prices,” Golestan said.

Nearly 380 artworks were displayed on the opening day. “The artworks purchased will be immediately replaced with other works.”

Stating it is unfortunate that the public sector rarely invests in artworks and “merely suffices by providing moral support to art projects,” she said the previous editions of the event saw over 60% of the items purchased by the people and 40% by private collectors.

Golestan said people’s faith in the gallery is one reason for the success of ‘Seven Views.’ Reasonable prices of the works also help.

The estimated prices are 20% to 30% lower than the base value suggested by the artists; the lowest price tag for a work is $88 and the highest is $440,000.

A catalogue with pictures of the displayed works is published for visitors’ information.

The event is organized by seven major galleries in Tehran including Aria, Elaheh, Dey, Golestan, Haft Samar, Vaali and Mah-e Mehr, with the collaboration of their managers.

The exhibition will run through November 27 at Niavaran Cultural Center, Pasdaran Ave., Niavaran Park, Tehran.