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.

How reclusive artist Bahman Mohassess shaped Iranian modernism-and buried his own legacy

Bahman Mohassess in a still from the 2014 documentary Fifi Howls from Happiness. (MUSIC BOX PICTURES) By Angelica Villa April 2, 2021 Bahman Mohassess is considered Iran’s most important modernist, and has been dubbed the “Persian Picasso.” But for nearly five decades of his career, he lived outside the public eye in Italy, and [...]

By |April 2nd, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Iran censors television drama featuring British spy

An Iranian television espionage drama has been censored by authorities over a plotline featuring a spy working for British intelligence during nuclear deal negotiations. (YouTube) March 27, 2021 An Iranian television espionage drama has been censored by authorities over a plotline featuring a spy working for British intelligence during sensitive nuclear deal negotiations. [...]

By |March 27th, 2021|Arts, Europe|

New book lifts the lid on Tehran’s forgotten treasure-trove of modern art

Donna Stein was given almost free rein at the request of Empress Farah to create a modern art collection for the people of Iran. (Supplied) By Robert Weinberg March 23, 2021 Robert Weinberg is a writer and radio and podcast producer whose features and exhibition reviews have appeared in the Telegraph, Apollo, The British Art Journal and [...]

By |March 23rd, 2021|Arts, Iran|

How artist Hadi Fallahpisheh “paints with light” without a camera

Hadi Fallahpisheh, Two Americans Breaking a Persian Pot, 2020. (Andrew Kreps Gallery) By Ricky Lee March 13, 2021 Often commenting on conditions of displacement, the work of Tehran, Iran-born multimedia artist Hadi Fallahpisheh questions the ability of representation to convey truths, revealing the gaps between public perception and personal experience. Most interestingly, his [...]

By |March 13th, 2021|Arts, North America, USA|

Iranians arrested over viral video featuring US porn star

In the teaser trailer for his upcoming song, Sasan Heydari is depicted singing next to American porn actress Alexis Texas. (Screengrab) March 11, 2021 Morality police in Iran have arrested several people in connection with a viral music video featuring singer-in-exile Sasy Mankan and an American porn star. Iranian media outlets linked to [...]

By |March 11th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof on living under house arrest

Director Mohammad Rasoulof as he arrives for the Un Certain Regard prize ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival. (AFP) March 6, 2021 A member of the Competition jury for the online Berlinale, the Iranian filmmaker discusses his ”difficult and very specific” situation, connecting to nature, and the influence of Loach, Haneke and Herzog. [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Wrongful execution forms grim backdrop to Berlinale contender

Iranian directors Maryam Moghaddam plays Mina in ‘Ballad of a White Cow’ film. (Supplied) March 5, 2021 When her husband is executed for murder, Mina is left to fend for herself in a society that is reluctant to allow her even to find somewhere for her and her daughter to live. But when [...]

By |March 5th, 2021|Arts, Europe|

Music video on Iranian app with US porn actress spurs probe

A mullah uses a mobile phone on a street in Tehran, Iran, on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. (AFP) March 3, 2021 A music video on an Iranian entertainment app that includes an appearance by a U.S. porn actress has prompted outrage among authorities who have launched an investigation, Iranian media reported Wednesday. The [...]

By |March 3rd, 2021|Arts, North America, USA|

Fajr Festival 2021: The best film award goes to Iran’s security agencies, again

The Best Film award this year went to Yadoo, directed by Mehdi Jafari. (Fajr Film Festival) By Ehsan Mehrabi February 17, 2021 Iranian cinema audiences are by now well-acquainted with the term "customized films". Ever since the Islamic Republic of Iran was established 42 years ago, security institutions and sometimes individuals have been making purposeful [...]

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

Camerawoman for “Nasrin” film trapped in South America by human trafficker

Mahnaz Alizadeh, who filmed much of the documentary Nasrin, has been trapped in Brazil for months after being ensnared by a people smuggler on leaving Iran. (IranWire) By Milad Pourisa January 30, 2021 From the Tehran highway to the airport at Ecuador, then on to Peru and Brazil in the clutches of a people-smuggler, and [...]

By |January 30th, 2021|Arts, Latin America, Women|