Art And Culture

Illustrations on Rumi’s Verse

Poster of the exhibit Poster of the exhibit

A group exhibition titled ‘Such a Dance ...’ curated by Mostafa Akbari underway at Tehran’s Mehrva Art Gallery, presents works of young Iranian artists based on a single verse by the 13th Century Persian poet Rumi (Mawlana).

Akbari has collected illustrations by 32 artists, including himself, all on the theme of the famous Rumi verse: “To dance so in the midst of the arena is my desire,” Honaronline reported.

Although various interpretations of the verse exist, the artists were not bound to follow a certain approach towards it but could freely create their artwork according to their own understanding and their imagination, going beyond the common explanations, Akbari said.

The general theme of Rumi’s thought, which is prevalent among his many verses, is the concept of union with his beloved (Allah). Rumi believed in the use of music, poetry and dancing as a path for reaching God.

No limitations regarding technique, form and material were considered for the artworks so the resulting exhibits include a combination of illustrations and paintings made by acrylic, oil paint and other materials.

Sahar Azadmehr, Mostafa Asadollahi, Nasim Bahari, Hedieh Jafari, Parastou Haghi, Maryam Tabatabaei, Ebrahim Kashani, Ali Ganjavi, Lida Motamed, Solmaz Nabati and Anita Yaghoubi are among the artists in the gallery.

The works will be on show through August 15 at No. 38, Azodi St., Karimkhan-e-Zand Ave.