Islamic Revolution Art Week kicks off nationwide

TEHRAN – The Islamic Revolution Art Week opened on Saturday in the capitals of 30 provinces across the country.

The Art Week is organized annually by the Art Office of the Organization for Disseminating Islamic Ideology to commemorate the anniversary of the martyrdom of documentary filmmaker Morteza Avini.

He was killed by a landmine in 1993 during his last trip to the former Iran-Iraq war zone in southwestern Iran while making a documentary about soldiers still missing.

Art exhibitions and workshops, as well as theatrical musical performances will be organized during this week.

One of the exhibitions, currently underway in one of the Art Bureau galleries in Tehran, is devoted to posters created by a group of graphic designers based on Avini’s speeches and writings.

The office also hosts a photo exhibit depicting Avini’s colleague, Seyyed Ebrahim Asgharzadeh, when he fought as a teenage volunteer in the Iran-Iraq War.

These photos have never been presented in an exhibition before. Asgahrzadeh was killed in 2001 in a plane crash while making a documentary about the mothers of several Iranian soldiers killed during the war.

The exhibition also features four huge photos of the 1979 Islamic Revolution by French photojournalist Michel Setboun.

The Art Office also features a collection of paintings created by revolutionary artists in the early months of the revolution.

A collection of 65 posters on the revolution is on display at the Art Office and the Niavaran Cultural Center.

More than 40 artists also organize painting, sculpture and calligraphy workshops in the courtyard of the Niavaran Cultural Center during the week of the festival.

The General Bureau of Dramatic Arts of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance organized a wide range of street theater performances in Tehran.

The Islamic Revolution Artist of the Year will also be announced during this festival.

Author Vahid Yaminpur has been named Islamic Revolutionary Artist of the Year in 2021.

He received the title of “Apostasy”, an alternative history novel about the Islamic revolution, as well as for his travelogue in Japan “The Jinja Monk”.

Photo: A poster for Islamic Revolution Art Week.


James C. Tibbs