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Shirin Art Gallery Nov 2021 Mansour Vakili Harmonious Whispers 02

Mansour Vakili started painting in high school and became interested in sketching Iranian antiquities in

historical cities at the Faculty of Fine Arts, headed by Houshang Seyhoun.

After going to France and continuing his studies at the Higher School of Fine Arts in Paris, he made numerous

sketches of historical monuments and sights of central and southern France. He then continued to get

acquainted with French culture, art, and history with watercolor painting.

In Monaco, while continuing to work on architectural design and under the influence of the energetic nature of

the southern coast of France, he began painting with inspiration from the rare landscapes around him using the

oil pastel technique on paper with expressive expression. The profound emotional impact of this period is always

evident in his later works.

After his return to Paris and winning several architectural competitions, he was under a lot of pressure from the

architectural profession. Then, this time, the painting was influenced by nostalgia about childhood memories

and culture and political events, war, etc. At that time, he turned to Iranian literature, writing, and calligraphy.

The achievement of this period is his abstract paintings of calligraphy; Sometimes from right to left and

sometimes from left to right, but he never turned to calligraphy and believed that by following the hand

movement and gesture of Iranian calligraphy and its literary burden, one could achieve a genuine modern

painting concerning Iranian culture.

Exploring the history of ancient art and civilization of the East and the West is an inspiration for Mansour Vakili.

He believes that a committed contemporary artist should follow the valuable resources of the enlightenment, art,

and culture of his past and coordinate them with developments of today's life. Looking at his exhibitions in Iran

and France, the subject of memories, dreams ... in the form of reconstructed imaginations, familiar and

unknown, clear and vague, happy and worried, is always seen in his works. He says that he spends hours, days,

and weeks in front of each painting in isolation but close to memories and with the serenity of classical music in

a meditative atmosphere.

Works of art are always created by people in danger and have gone to the ultimate stage of their belief, where

no human being has gone beyond it. The farther and farther we go, we create the purest, most personal, and

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More About Tehran

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.


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