This section is updated with news, updates, and articles that explore the rich culture and heritage of Iran.

It has been set up separately to assist researchers and people who are interested in Iranian Art as a page for direct access to such important topic.

Venice Biennial exhibits works of Iranian artist Reza Lavassani

Lavassani is taking part in the 58th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. (Honar Online) May 6, 2019 Italy's Venice Biennial has opened its doors to a new, selected artwork by 57-year-old Iranian contemporary artist Reza Lavassani. Tehran-born and based, Lavassani practices on various media. He began working on the installation Life in 2012 [...]

By |May 6th, 2019|Arts, Europe|

Misinformed movie star in Iran falls for fake news, lands in trouble

Mahnaz Afshar, Iranian actress and celebrity. (Supplied) May 3, 2019 A popular movie star has been targeted by hardliners on Iranian social media after she took a "fake news" post too seriously and shared it with millions of her fans. The hardliners have accused Mahnaz Afshar, also known for her charity work and [...]

By |May 3rd, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Iran bans ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ show

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at a meeting in Tehran, August 13, 2018. (AP) April 29, 2019 Iran's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" has been banned from airing after leading clerics issued a fatwa against the game show. Supreme leader Ali Khamenei warned that such game shows endangered [...]

By |April 29th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Distinguished Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian passes away

Iran mosaic artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian being interviewed, New York, Mar 23, 2011. (Supplied) April 22, 2019 Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian has passed away at the age of 97, according to ISNA news agency. A versatile artist Monir participated in the Iran Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1958, 1964, and 1966. She [...]

By |April 22nd, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Iranian actress asks minister why she was pulled from film set based on “order from above”

Moghaddam, 49, who also holds Swedish citizenship, said she was given no explanation for her forced departure. (Supplied) April 20, 2019 Iranian actress Maryam Moghaddam (also referred to as Moqadam), has written an open letter to Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Abbas Salehi asking why she was suddenly barred from working on a [...]

By |April 20th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Iran’s Culture Ministry bans best-selling movie

Iran - A poster of Iranian film Rahman 1400, banned by Culture Ministry, which accused producers of showing uncensored version. April 2019. (Supplied) April 15, 2019 Iran's Culture Ministry says it has banned Iran's best-selling movie of the month, Rahman 1400. According to the ministry, the movie was screened at 140 movie theaters [...]

By |April 15th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

“The cinema is a space for discovery, and we have sought to really celebrate that”: Film producer Elhum Shakerifar discusses Poetry in Motion – Contemporary Iranian cinema

Elhum Shakerifar is a BAFTA-nominated producer and through her company Hakawati supports new talent and independent filmmakers. (The Upcoming) April 9, 2019 Poetry in Motion is the stimulating new season at the Barbican, showcasing visually compelling features from up-and-coming Iranian directors. It has been commissioned by the Bagri Foundation, a UK charity that [...]

By |April 9th, 2019|Arts, Europe|

Double Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi on the perils of Academy Awards and filming outside Iran

Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi in Hong Kong, where he introduced a screening of his latest film, Everybody Knows. (SCMP) By Edmund Lee April 8, 2019 When he won his second Academy Award, for The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi was far from Los Angeles. It was February 27, 2017 and he was watching the ceremony with [...]

By |April 8th, 2019|Arts, East Asia|

Jailed Iranian musician rebuffs regime’s ban by releasing album about war and oppression

Jailed Iranian musician Mehdi Rajabian refuses to stop playing. (Fox News) By Hollie McKay April 6, 2019 Mehdi Rajabian, 29, is on temporary bail from the brutality that lurks behind the walls of Tehran’s notorious Evin prison – but he wants the world to know the oppression and fear he and many more [...]

By |April 6th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Sketches from inside an Iranian prison

The aftermath of security forces attacking Dervishes in Tehran in February 2018. Street is littered with motorbikes and debris. (Supplied) By Javad Motevali March 22, 2019 It is not often that the outside world has the opportunity to see what it’s like in Iranian prisons and detention centers. But every now and then, a [...]

By |March 22nd, 2019|Arts, Iran|