Behrouz Zindashti, born in 1978 in Tehran, is a calligrapher, painter, ceramist, and university lecturer. He is a member of the Institute for the Development of Contemporary Visual Arts and the Association of Pottery Artists.
Zindashti has exhibited his work in numerous local and international group and solo exhibitions since 1983 and has participated with his classical calligraphy and paintings in London, Vienna, modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art in Paris, and ... In addition, a number of his works are housed in the Malaysian Museum of Islamic Arts.
Zindashti states his purpose for forming this collection as follows:
"My goal is to show the values and beauty and visual and conceptual capacities of the visual and written culture of our esteemed past Iranian art. I have used numbers and figures in this collection of works in abundance. These numbers are directly related to the universe because Aristotle considers numbers as the source and essence of everything and the manifestation of harmony in the universe. The visual treasure and heritage of Iranian art are my source of inspiration. I add my perceptions and visual abilities through visual study and direct and indirect reference. The technique of this work is the direct use of calligraphy pen and ink and acrylic on canvas. I take the calligraphy pen directly and start writing on the canvas in different colors. This method has a long history in our art. "The number of works in this collection is 15, presented in two collections entitled" Arch and Body. "
Kianoosh Motaghedi wrote under the pretext of the exhibition "From the Signs of the World":
"The works presented in this exhibition follow two main forms, the "arches" and the "tunics" (kaftan), which find meaning between the recycling of the old Iranian visual traditions and an adapted approach to the achievements of the Saqakhaneh movement. But the artist's attempt here to achieve a new and personal language has forced him to try, in a new experience with symbolic allusions, the possibility of giving meaning to what is recorded in the viewer's historical memory from a new perspective.
In the present collection, the form of the canvases is itself a clear sign of a new search to transform the two-dimensional nature of the painting into a three-dimensional volume, and the artist's concern is more than writing a legible text or a repetitive and familiar combination. In terms of style, the signs and elements in the works connect the aesthetics of architecture, costume design, and Iranian calligraphy, but what is important is Zindashti's new approach to the process of painting with script, not calligraphy; Because he continues to write with a reed pen, but the result of his work is merely painting, and this is where the free and free payment method and expressive filling of his pen embraces the geometric order in letters and words, and the painter oscillates between being and non-being."
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.