A cultural festival was held in a caravansary near Shahinshahr, Isfahan province on November 10.
Khaseb to Perform In Sao Paolo
Arts & Culture Desk
Noted Iranian theater director Yaser Khaseb will stage performances in Brazil.
Accompanied by the theater troupe ‘Crazy Body’, Khaseb has traveled to Sao Paolo to stage two performances, namely ‘Mysterious Gift’ and ‘Flower’ in the Brazilian largest city. He will also hold an educational workshop on the sidelines.
“The performances will be held from mid November,” said the artist.
‘Mysterious Gift’ is an extraordinary show that blends puppet theater and mime, particularly suitable also for a children’s audience. The play was created by Khaseb in 2006.
It is composed of three short pieces, which draw on folkloric chirography and music as well as on experimental stage trends.
Khaseb is also the author of two other solo performances, ‘Mud’ and ‘Motherland’.
Khaseb’s works have been presented in several international events such as Seattle Children’s Theater in the US.
Austrian Director Plans Molana Biopic
Austrian filmmaker and producer Arno Krimmer is planning to bring life of the world-renowned Persian mystic poet, Molana to screen in his new project.
The film will be produced with the help and support of Iran’s Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC), said DEFC director Shafi Aqamohammadian.
Participated in Iran’s Cinéma Vérité, Krimmer is slated to prepare details of the project and estimate the production costs. He will begin his work after receiving approval from the DEFC.
Krimmer also presented a number of workshops on the sidelines of Cinéma Vérité, the Iranian international festival for documentary films held by the DEFC during recent days in Tehran, Press TV wrote.
‘The Italian Key’ (2011), ‘Walker’ (2012) and ‘Barcode’ (2010) are some of Krimmer’s remarkable works.
Jalal ad-Din Mohammad Balkhi, known Molana in Persian, was a 13th century Persian poet, mystic and theologian.
Molana who is also known as Rumi in Western countries, was born in Balkh (now part of Afghanistan) and passed away in Konya, Turkey, where he was laid to rest.
The poet is better known for his six-volume poem ‘Masnavi’, considered by many to be one of the greatest works of both Islamic mysticism and Persian literature.
Traditional Instruments Exhibit Underway
Tehran’s Diplomatic Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of harps and tars created by Abdollah Abbasi.
According to Mehr News Agency, Houshang Zarif, Anoushirvan Rohani, Mohammad Sarir and a number of other Iranian musicians attended the opening ceremony.
In addition, a group of diplomats from foreign embassies in Tehran was also in attendance during the ceremony that featured a musical performance by tar virtuoso Amir Hossein Reza and reed players Fardin Lahourpur and Somayyeh Abbasi.
The exhibition runs until November 16 at the gallery located at #10, Naaz Alley, off Movahhed-Danesh St. in the Aqdasieh neighborhood.
The gallery belongs to the ECO Cultural Institute (ECI).
20th Book Week Opens
The 20th Book Week of the Islamic Republic of Iran opened on Saturday in a ceremony held in the presence of the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini.
The Book Week helps promote the book reading culture in the society, said the minister.
Hosseini marked the festival as a palatable opportunity to solve the micro and macro problems of the publication industry, according to IBNA.
He went on to say that the Islamic Republic’s system in Iran, unlike many other countries in the world, favors the heightening of people’s awareness and knowledge, and said that holding numerous book-related festivals and awards in Iran is a proof to his claim.
Finest Paintings to Go on Display
Sotheby’s London will offer Jan Havicksz. Steen’s remarkable ‘The Prayer Before the Meal’, from Sudeley Castle, estimated at £5-7 million, in its forthcoming Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale in December.
Other highlights include Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s ‘A Wedding Procession’, estimated at £2-3 million and two important Italian view paintings by Gaspar van Wittel, called ‘Vanvitelli’ and ‘Bernardo Bellotto’.
The sale will conclude with a supremely rare and important drawing by Raffaello Sanzio, called ‘Raphael’; and by two 15th century illuminated manuscripts--among the most important of their kind ever to be auctioned, ArtDaily reported.
All three come to sale from the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth House. Comprising 51 lots, the auction is estimated to achieve a total in excess of £35.6 million.
Alex Bell, Sotheby’s Head of Old Master Paintings commented, “December’s sale will offer collectors an unprecedented selection of masterpieces from private collections. In addition to the three masterworks from Chatsworth, Jan Steen’s remarkable and intimate The Prayer before the Meal leads a field of quite outstanding Dutch cabinet paintings, and from the early Italian Renaissance we are offering four exceptionally rare Scenes from the Passion of Christ by Niccolò di Pietro Gerini.
Not only are many of the works making their first appearance on the auction market for generations, but their treasured status has ensured they are in a wonderful state of preservation.”
Jan Havicksz. Steen’s ‘The Prayer Before the Meal’, (est. £5,000,000-7,000,000), depicts an unusual subject within the artist’s oeuvre. In a mood of quiet, unadorned piety, a simple family says grace before the humble meal laid before them. In few other works did Steen achieve such understanding of texture and detail. The treatment of the interior--and the subtle understanding of light and its effects-- point suggestively to the influence of Vermeer and Pieter de Hooch.
7 Artists Depict Film & Video
Tate Modern’s Project Space continues its series of international collaborations with ‘Objects in Mirror are Closer than they Appear’, an exhibition devoted to film and video, organized with Contemporary Image Collective Cairo, AP said.
This exhibition explores the moving image’s complex and multilayered relationship with narrative and perception. It brings together the work of seven international artists--Herman Asselberghs, Manon de Boer, Sherif El Azma and Ján Mančuška.
The exhibition will explore the difference between the moving images we are shown and what they represent to us as viewers. This tension has preoccupied many contemporary artists in a generation immersed in the flow of images from cinema screens, televisions sets, computers and smartphones.
Their work recognizes the multiple interpretations and doubt inherent in film, blurring the border between depiction and deception and investigating the limitations of the medium as it struggles to embody reality.
The works on display will include Manon de Boer’s film Dissonant 2010, which depicts a woman listening to a melody and performing an accompanying dance once the music has finished. The work explores the materiality of film, playing on audience memory and how senses--in this case sound and vision--supplement each other.
It will also present Herman Asselbergh’s recent film Speech Act 2011, which charts the offences he believes mainstream cinema and homogenized pop culture have committed in relation to the avant-garde film tradition.
Works by Ján Mančuška include the short video Double 2009 in which the border between act and its re-enactment becomes confusingly blurred, whilst Patricia Esquivias’ enquiry into the process of mythologizing and storytelling, Folklore II 2008, juxtaposes biographical facts from the lives of two Spanish ‘icons’, King Philippe II and celebrity pop singer Julio Iglesias.