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.

Zahedi, playboy Iran ambassador to US under shah, dies at 93

Iran's Then-Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi, left, talks with actress Barbra Streisand and her escort Jon Peters as they admire the Iranian Embassy March 8, 1975. (AP) November 19, 2021 Ardeshir Zahedi, Iran’s flamboyant ambassador to the United States during the rule of the shah who charmed both Hollywood stars and politicians with his lavish [...]

By |November 19th, 2021|Arts, North America, USA|

Twice Oscar winner Iranian filmmaker tells IRGC: I hate you!

Asghar Farhadi with his Oscar for A Separation, which won best foreign language film in 2012. (Getty Images) November 17, 2021 Iran's Oscar-winning film director Asghar Farhadi has distanced himself from the government and the Revolutionary Guard in a statement published on Tuesday. Farhadi wrote the statement in response to a remark by [...]

By |November 17th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Iran’s Minister of Culture: Iranians can’t watch films I didn’t like

Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili, the new Iranian Ministry of Culture. (Supplied) November 9, 2021 Some Iranian films currently waiting to be licensed for screening in Iran are "inappropriate and un-Islamic", the new Minister of Culture has said. Speaking in an interview for Iranian state television on Saturday, Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili, wondered aloud: “Is our cinema [...]

By |November 9th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Prominent Iranian cartoonist Derambakhsh dies of COVID-19

Kambiz Derambakhsh, a prominent Iranian cartoonist. (Supplied) November 8, 2021 Prominent Iranian cartoonist Kambiz Derambakhsh, who published and exhibited his art across the world, has died of COVID-19 at the age of 79, media reported on Sunday. Derambakhsh was born in the southern city of Shiraz and won acclaim both at home and [...]

By |November 8th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Iran joins the lineup at Asia Now

"Tehran Now” is presented in a space staged by the Tehran-based graphic artists of Studio Kargah to evoke the sinuous, shop-filled labyrinths of Tehran’s Grand Bazaar. (NYT) October 25, 2021 The usual list of galleries from China, Japan and Korea is remarkably thin, so the fair has expanded its scope to bring a [...]

By |October 25th, 2021|Arts, East Asia, Europe|

Warhol in Tehran: Iranians flock to American pop art exhibit

Fatemeh Rezaei, a retired teacher, stands next to Marilyn Monroe portrait by American artist Andy Warhol at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, Oct. 19, 2021. (AP) October 22, 2021 Iranian hard-liners, now back at the helm of the country, may regularly rail against the poisoning of Islamic society by Western culture, [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Arts, North America, USA|

PEN America honors imprisoned Iranian writers at 2021 gala

L-R, Keyvan Bajan, Baktash Abtin, and Reza Khandan Mahabadi. (Supplied) October 6, 2021 Freedom of expression non-profit PEN America honored three imprisoned Iranian writers on Tuesday at its annual gala that featured actors Jodie Foster and Awkwafina. The literature and human rights organization awarded Baktash Abtin, Keyvan Bajan and Reza Khandan Mahabadi the [...]

By |October 6th, 2021|Arts, North America, USA|

Iranian director calls for Oscar for filmmakers in exile

Iranian Kurdish film director Bahman Ghobadi at the Summer Film School Uherske Hradiste festival, Czech Republic, July 28, 2018. (Alamy) September 30, 2021 A veteran Iranian filmmaker has called on the Oscar Academy to create a special award for artists in exile, similar to the Olympic Refugee Team. In a plaintive letter to [...]

By |September 30th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Striking photos of a lesser-seen Iran

A detail from Shirin Aliabadi’s Miss Hybrid #3, 2008. (Estate of Shirin Aliabadi) By Andrew Dickson September 24, 2021 She looks directly out at us, her shoulders back. Her gaze is self-possessed, bordering on supercilious; her patterned headscarf is immaculately styled, showing off her bleach-blonde locks to best advantage. The balloon of bright-pink [...]

By |September 24th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Iran releases dissident rapper on bail after social media outcry

Iran earlier this week arrested Iran-based rapper Toomaj Salehi, who openly criticizes the regime. (Screengrab) September 22, 2021 Prosecutors in Iran on Tuesday freed a dissident rap singer from jail on bail after whose arrest led to a social media storm and controversy among Iranian activists and journalists abroad. Toomaj Salehi an underground rapper [...]

By |September 22nd, 2021|Arts, Iran|