TEHRAN, May 20 (MNA) -- Iranian collectors are keen to keep their artworks in calligraphy museums, calligrapher Yadollah Kaboli said.

 

“But unfortunately, no similar inclination is seen in the Iranian officials for establishing a museum dedicated to calligraphy. I am sure that the proposal for establishing such museum will be warmly welcomed by the collectors,” he told MNA.

 

The art of calligraphy is known as an Iranian art by the orientalists. Examples of precious Iranian calligraphy artwork are kept in several world-renowned museums and libraries, he added.

 

There are also many valuable works inside Iran but the number of Iranian museums is insufficient for keeping all of them, Kaboli lamented.

 

He went on to say that Tehran’s Mir-Emad Museum, named after the Iranian master calligrapher Mir-Emad, is showcasing only ten percent of his works.

 

“Even Reza Abbasi Museum is not large enough to contain all of Iran’s calligraphy artwork. Some of the invaluable Iranian artworks are now kept at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the National Library of France,” he said.

 

Officials should honor contemporary calligraphers by dedicating a museum to showcase the calligraphy process in Iran from ancient to contemporary times in order to introduce people to this unique art form, he added.

 

“The Ministry of Culture is responsible for developing art but I think that the Cultural Heritage, the Tourism and Handicrafts Organization is responsible for preservation of artworks and establishing museums,” he concluded.

 

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