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13:34 | 2010-12-23


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2010 Islamic Art Expo in Germany Displays Iranian Artworks

TEHRAN (FNA)- An exhibition of Islamic arts kicked off work in Munich, Germany, with a number of Iranian artists presenting their artworks.

Iran, Land of Prayers was opened as part of the 2010 Islamic Art Expo at Munich's Villa Stuck Museum which will run until February 15, 2011.

The two-month exhibition was opened during a ceremony on December 18, which was attended by many Iranian and German officials, artists and cultural figures.

The world's largest seven-color tile was unveiled during the ceremony and Iran's youngest Naqqal Mohsen Mirza-Ali performed a Persian passion play and Naqqali which is an epic narration inspired by religious events as well as mythical narrations, such as the 11th-century Persian poet Ferdowsi's Shahnameh (The Book of Kings).

The unique tile is named after Imam Ali (PBUH) and is a work by veteran Iranian artist, master Mahmoud Maher-ol-Naqsh.

Iran's Ambassador to Germany Ali-Reza Sheikh-Attar said the exhibition was a good opportunity to strengthen cultural ties between the two countries expressing hope that Iran would host German artists in the near future.

Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Germany's foreign cultural and educational policies Peter Gauweiler also said that cultural relations between his country and Iran were very old.

"Children of my generation joined Shahrzad and listened to One Thousand and One Nights stories," he said during the opening ceremony.

Iran, Land of Prayers exhibits paintings, calligraphy works, photographs and typographies by Iranian artists. It exhibition also enables visitors to watch Persian passion plays.

"We have presented a piece of cultural and artistic beauties of the Islamic Iran in Germany which is rightfully referred to as the land of culture, art and philosophy," said head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Headquarters for Publicity and Tourism Exhibitions Mohammad Hossein Barzin.

He described Islamic art as a manifestation of truth saying that "Muslim artists reveal the truth in a figurative way."

"This is the reason why aesthetics of Islamic art is purely intuitive and luxurious decorations are only marginal," he added.

"The main principle in Islamic art is to convey the divine message and that is the reason for its enduring appeal," Barzin said.

Veteran calligrapher Mohammad Salahshour, master painter Fakhreddin Fakhreddini and prominent linguist and inscriptions expert, Abdolmajid Arfaei were among the guests at the event's opening ceremony.