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Fajr International Visual Art Festival at Saba Institute

A view of the exhibition underway at Saba Cultural InstituteA view of the exhibition underway at Saba Cultural Institute

The 10th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts opened on Tuesday in Tehran and will run through February 23.

Similar to the previous editions, the festival presents a variety of art forms from painting and sculpture to video and installation art, Honaronline reported.

Over 10,000 works were submitted to the competition section of which 88 were selected.

Saba Cultural Institute, affiliated to the Iranian Academy of Art, is displaying the selected artworks from local participants. It is located near the intersection of Vali-e-Asr and Taleqani streets.

“From January 30 until the last day of the festival, Niavaran Cultural Center in north Tehran will also host an exhibition of works by the artists who compete in the international section,” said photographer Mojtaba Aqaee, 53, secretary of the festival. A total of 168 artists from 53 nations have sent their works to the international section among which eight have been selected.

Aqaee added that on the concluding day of the festival, Felestin (Palestine) Museum of Contemporary Art will present artworks by acclaimed Iranian artists.” A ceremony will also be held to honor the artists. Felestin Museum is located at No. 74, Mozaffar Brothers Street, north of Felestin Square.

 Key Element

Attending the opening ceremony of the festival, Majid Molla-Norouzi, head of Visual Arts Department at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, said, “this year private galleries, which comprise a key element in the visual art of the country, have participated in the event.”

Due to the contributions from provinces across Iran, the festival has gradually become the largest visual art event in the country, Molla-Norouzi said. Simultaneously, 15 provinces are also holding  programs and exhibitions as part of the 10th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts.

The festival was founded in 2009 to promote original ideas, creative art and interaction among artists. The visual arts displayed at the festival include drawings, paintings, sculptures, miniatures, graphic design, calligraphy, ceramic art, photography, cartoons and caricatures, illustrations, architectural designs, videos, installation art, performance and other emerging forms of art.

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