Official responds to Tanavoli’s objection to Tehran art show

TEHRAN, July 23 (MNA) -- Parviz Tanavoli’s art exhibit opened here on Tuesday in Tehran’s Garden Art Museum despite his objection.

Previously, Tanavoli complained that the Tehran Municipality Art and Culture Organization had organized the exhibit 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,” Tanavoli had told the Persian service of ISNA in a phone call from Vancouver.

 

But the exhibit opened on Tuesday with no official opening ceremony on account of bad weather. A selection of 54 works was put on display, including some from the artist’s early years of 1963 and 1964 and several of his recent works.

 

Mojtaba Aqaii, head of the organization’s Visual Arts Department told the Persian service of ISNA that the artist had sold the works on display to the Tehran Municipality.

 

“Five years ago, 61 works of art were purchased by the mayor of that time based on the bilateral agreement, and Tanavoli received his money. So legally, the Tehran Municipality is the actual owner of the property now,” he added.

 

“The agreement is divided into two portions of which the first part covered his art works, and the second concerned the conversion of his house into a museum. The current problem relates to his house and the case is still blocked by the court,” he explained.

 

Aqaii further continued that the purchased artworks were collected from several locations and being stored at the Khavaran Cultural Center.

 

He also remarked that Tanavoli was fully aware of the current exhibit during a face to face meeting here in Tehran and he even introduced several of his students and arranged for them to repair some of his works which were in need of renovation.

 

“Our intent is to prove the goodwill of the Tehran Municipality Art and Culture Organization and also to provide the facilities in order to solve the remaining problems,” he remarked.

 

“The organization stands ready to resolve the problems concerning his house and pay the remainder of the money Tanavoli has not yet received,” he stated.

 

He also announced that this exhibit proves the fact that his works are in the process of getting their final home, which will be in a museum.

 

The exhibit will run through August 3. The museum is located at the intersection of Maqsud-Beik St and Hesabi, in the Tajrish neighborhood.

 

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