Tehran (IP)- Italian Embassy in Tehran launches new video series named “From Tehran to Rome, a journey through art.”

Iran Press/Iran news: A new video-series featuring key representatives of the Italian and Iranian modern and contemporary art scene was inaugurated today at the residence of the Italian Ambassador in Tehran, Giuseppe Perrone.

“From Tehran to Rome, a journey through art" is a series of seven monographic episodes produced by the Italian Embassy in Tehran in cooperation with Iranian artists Yasmin Zandieh and Ehsan Ronagh. The series will introduce seven modern and contemporary artists whose training and background have been profoundly influenced by both countries' art culture.

A short presentation video and the first episode of the series, focusing on the Italian-Iranian artist Bizhan Bassiri, were screened on the occasion of the project’s inauguration in the Italian residence’s garden in Tehran's Farmanieh.

In his remarks, Ambassador Perrone emphasized this new initiative’s goal which is to highlight the depth of the cultural connection between Italy and Iran, particularly in the field of fine arts, where both countries can boast very old and solid ties.

The screening was followed by a debate focusing on the role of artists in today’s society and the importance of "cultural diplomacy." 

The first episode of the series, dedicated to Bassiri’s collection "Tapesh", is inspired by the artist’s own experience of the eruption in Mount Vesuvius in 1979 and the sight of the different shapes magmatic material takes on, which Bassiri compares to the process of thought creation in the human brain ("magmatic thought").

Bassiri was born in  Iran in 1954. At the age of 21, he relocated to Italy where he studied stage design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. The majority of his works are today stored at the “Bassiri Foundation” in Rome.

Some of his art pieces have been exhibited at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, on the occasion of the 2019 Italian Contemporary Art Day.

Important acknowledgments of Bassiri's work include his exhibitions "Tapesh" at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), "Meteorite Narvalo" at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019), "Motlagh" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran (2015), and the “Nour” collection displayed at the Aan Gallery in Tehran (2015) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Abadan (2016).


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