نيويورك به تهران/ تهران به نيويورك
مي.گويند پيكاسو سال.ها نقاب.ها و مجسمه.هاي آفريقايي را الگو قرار داد تا «دوشيزگان آوينينون» خلق شد، مي.گويند آن.گاه كه ماتيس داشت «اتاق سرخ» را مي.كشيد شيفته.ي اسليمي.ها در نگاره.هاي ايراني بود. وقتي مارك شاگال داشت، وسوسه.ي زيستن در پاريس را نقش مي.زد، به افسانه..هاي ييديش كودكي.اش فكر مي.كرد. مي.گويند زماني كه پادشاهان هخامنشي مي.خواستند تمام عظمت خود و امپراتوري شگفتشان را به رخ ممالك تابعه بكشند، از معماران، حجاران و هنرمندان همان اقوام تابعه استفاده كردند تا بزرگ.ترين بناي تلفيقي جهان را در تخت.جمشيد بنا كنند. هنر هيچ.گاه مرز نشناخت، حتي در اوج جنگ، موتيف.هاي بصري، قلم.گذاري.ها، رنگ.ها يا سبك.ها از ميان دستان هنرمندان لغزيدند و به آثار همپالكي.ها در سرزمين دشمن راه يافتند. مي.گويند هنرمندان كودكاني هستند كه هيچ.گاه دست از بچگي كردن برنمي.دارند، چون همه به يك كار مشغولند كه بزرگسالان هنرش مي.نامند و كودكان بازي.
اين نمايشگاه مبادله.ي هنر بين تهران و نيويورك است. آثار ٣٣ هنرمند نيويوركي در تهران و آثار ٨ هنرمند ایرانی در نيويورك همزمان به نمايش در خواهند آمد چون هنرمندان همه دارند همان يك كار را مي.كنند. اين آثار در غياب هنرمندان به نمايش درمي.آيند چون اين آثارند كه سخن مي.گويند و چون اين نقش.ها هستند كه نشان مي.دهند چگونه توپي پلاستيكي، بي.هوا از اين حياط به حياط خانه.ي ما افتاد.
From New York to Tehran / Tehran to New York
There’s a rumor that Picasso studied African masks and sculptures for years to create one of his most famous works, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, in 1907. That when Henri Matisse was painting The Dessert: Harmony in Red (The Red Room) in 1908, he was captivated by arabesques in Iranian paintings or when Marc Chagall was doing large-scale paintings in Paris, he was thinking of the Yiddish myths of his childhood. It’s also said that for creating the greatest consolidated edifice in Persepolis, Achaemenian kings invited many architects, stonemasons and artists of their subservient nations to parade the splendor and stateliness of their awesome kingdom to these same subservient nations.
Art has never known a boundary. Even in the middle of wars, visual motifs, stencils, colors or styles have slipped through artists’ hands to reach their cronies’ works in enemy lands. It’s believed that artists are the children who never say goodbye to their childhood because all of them are doing the same job which adults call art, and they call recreation.
This gallery is an exchange of art between Tehran and New York. The works of 33 New Yorker artists and those of 3 Iranian artists will be represented simultaneously in Tehran and New York since all of them are doing the same thing. The artists won’t be present in none of these galleries for it’s the works and figures that will speak and show how a ball has accidently and desultorily fallen from a neighbor’s yard into ours.
Written by Hafiz Rouhani
Translated by Azadeh Feridounpour
Overview and HistoryTehran is the capital of Iran and the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of fifteen million people living under the peaks of the Alborz mountain range.Although archaeological evidence places human activity around Tehran back into the years 6000BC, the city was not mentioned in any writings until much later, in the thirteenth century. It's a relatively new city by Iranian standards.But Tehran was a well-known village in the ninth century. It grew rapidly when its neighboring city, Rhages, was destroyed by Mongolian raiders. Many people fled to Tehran.In the seventeenth century Tehran became home to the rulers of the Safavid Dynasty. This is the period when the wall around the city was first constructed. Tehran became the capital of Iran in 1795 and amazingly fast growth followed over the next two hundred years.The recent history of Tehran saw construction of apartment complexes and wide avenues in place of the old Persian gardens, to the detriment of the city's cultural history.The city at present is laid out in two general parts. Northern Tehran is more cosmopolitan and expensive, southern Tehran is cheaper and gets the name "downtown."Getting ThereMehrabad airport is the original one which is currently in the process of being replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport. The new one is farther away from the city but it now receives all the international traffic, so allow an extra hour to get there or back.TransportationTehran driving can be a wild free-for-all like some South American cities, so get ready for shared taxis, confusing bus routes and a brand new shiny metro system to make it all better. To be fair, there is a great highway system here.The metro has four lines, tickets cost 2000IR, and they have segregated cars. The women-only carriages are the last two at the end, FYI.Taxis come in two flavors, shared and private. Private taxis are more expensive but easier to manage for the visiting traveler. Tehran has a mean rush hour starting at seven AM and lasting until 8PM in its evening version. Solution? Motorcycle taxis! They cut through the traffic and any spare nerves you might have left.People and CultureMore than sixty percent of Tehranis were born outside of the city, making it as ethnically and linguistically diverse as the country itself. Tehran is the most secular and liberal city in Iran and as such it attracts students from all over the country.Things to do, RecommendationsTake the metro to the Tehran Bazaar at the stop "Panzda Gordad". There you can find anything and everything -- shoes, clothes, food, gold, machines and more. Just for the sight of it alone you should take a trip there.If you like being outside, go to Darband and drink tea in a traditional setting. Tehranis love a good picnic and there are plenty of parks to enjoy. Try Mellat park on a friday (fridays are public holidays), or maybe Park Daneshjou, Saaii or Jamshidieh.Remember to go upstairs and have a look around, always always always! The Azadi Tower should fit the bill; it was constructed to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.Tehran is also full of museums such as:the Contemporary Art Museumthe Abghine Musuem (glass works)the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museumthe museum of carpets (!!!)Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniaturesand most stunning of all,the Crown Jewels Museum which holds the largest pink diamond in the world and many other jaw-dropping jewels.Text by Steve Smith.