Tanavoli rages against his art show in Tehran

TEHRAN, July 22 (MNA) -- Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli objected to holding an exhibition of his works, which opened on Tuesday in Tehran’s Garden Art Museum.

Currently in Canada, Tanavoli declared that the Tehran Municipality Art and Culture Organization is organizing the exhibition despite his disagreement.

 

“When I was in Tehran, they asked me to hold an exhibit and I explicitly announced my disagreement, since the sculptures purchased by the organization were supposed to be displayed at the museum,” he told the Persian service of ISNA in a phone call from Vancouver.

 

Some years ago, Tanavoli was planning to convert his home in Tehran into a museum where he could display his artworks. The mayor at that time had also promised to cooperate, but problems arose and the court blocked the deal.

 

“I wrote a letter in those days and requested the return of the works and so that I could set up the museum myself. I noted that I would be returning all the money as well,” he added.

 

He emphasized, “The works were sold to go on display at the ‘Tanavoli’ museum. When the whole deal was cancelled, naturally the statues should have been returned”.

 

He went on to say that as long as the court has not clarified the case, the municipality is considered the trustee of the works.

 

“I believe this exhibit has no advantage but rather is damaging. This is not a favor, it is harmful to me, my years of hard work, and all the efforts I have made over all these years,” Tanavoli explained.

 

Tanavoli also claimed that the number of works was 60 and they were stored under poor conditions for six years, while he had heard in the news that only 54 would go on display.

 

According to recent news, Tehran Municipality Art and Culture Organization in collaboration with Café Gallery have organized a solo exhibit of Tanavoli’s works.

 

A selection of 54 works are on display, including some from the early years of 1963 and 1964 and several of his recent works.

 

His exhibit, which is opening after a hiatus of six years, will run through until August 3. The museum is located on Maqsud-Beik St, Hesabi intersection, Tajrish neighborhood.

 

No comments from the officials about the case have been made available yet.

 

RM/YAW

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