Iran has a rich history of painters, artists, and calligraphers. Unfortunately, the Iranian art scene receives little attention – but not because of a lack of contemporary Iranian artists. In fact, the situation is quite the opposite: there are Iranian artists active in almost all categories of art, from contemporary and street art to classical Islamic art.
To get an idea of its variety and uniqueness, take a look at these three videos showing examples of Iran’s (rarely seen) art scene.
1. On street art and murals
Did you know that many of Tehran’s walls are decorated with surreal art? Take a look at this short video to find out more about the famous muralist, Mehdi Ghadyanloo, and see plenty of samples of his work around the city.
2. The first Iranian to claim the Guggenheim
Iranian-American artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian is the first Iranian artist to be featured in a solo exhibition at the renowned Guggenheim museum in New York. She combines sparkling American pop art with colorful classic Iranian patterns, and plays with geometry. Her exhibition Infinite Possibility. Mirror Works and Drawings was featured for three months at the museum this year.
3. Unique exhibitions at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts
In this video, we get to explore the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts’ summer exhibition, showcasing sculptor and painter Mehrdad Sadri. Sadri is famous both overseas, in his current home country Austria, and inside Iran. His exhibition has been a huge success.
This piece originally appeared on Frida’s blog A teaspoon of (ÙÛÙ ÙÙ) zest