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Second Khayyam Art Expo

Second Khayyam Art ExpoSecond Khayyam Art Expo

The 2nd edition of Khayyam art exhibition opens on January 8 at Tehran’s Silk Road Gallery, showing artworks by several acclaimed Iranian artists.

Titled ‘The Secrets of Eternity, Khayyam and Contemporary Art,’ the show will include a wide spectrum of art, through various mediums including video art, painting, sculpture and volume art, ISNA reported.

All the works are thematized on the celebrated Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet Omar Khayyam (1048-1131).

Born in Nishapur in northeastern Iran, Khayyam is widely considered one of the most influential scientists of the Middle Ages. He wrote numerous treatises on mechanics, geography, mineralogy and astronomy.

Bahman Kiarostami, Iranian film director and cinematographer, will present a video clip, portraying a south Iranian local custom titled ‘Khayyami’ during which poetry is performed with music.

In addition, Abbas Kiarostami, the celebrated film director, screenwriter and photographer and theatre artist Saber Abar, will present their photo art on the theme of Khayyam.

Photographers Shadi Qadirian and Tahmineh Monzavi are among the artists preparing their works for the show.

An introduction to the exhibition says: “The art show looks at visual art creations by artists of three generations, thematizing the widely known ancient Persian poet and scholar, Omar Khayyam. The poet enjoys high status and popularity in the world, and his quatrain poetry collection (stanza or poem of four lines) has been translated into numerous languages, and has a prestigious place in the world book market. His thoughts and works have long been a source of inspiration to artists. This is the first group event on Khayyam-based artworks.”

The previous edition of the show, held November 27 to December 25, 2015, hosted Farshid Mesqali, animator and graphic designer, Mohammad Ahsaei, calligraphist, Pariyoush Ganji, graphist and painters Hossien Mahjoubi and Farah Osouli among the 40 artists who presented their creations to the Khayyam project.

The second part of the show will run through February 5, at the gallery, at No. 210, between Qods and Vesal St., Keshavarz Blvd.