A Holy Qur’an exhibition opened on Thursday in Qom presenting over 40,000 titles.
Four foreign publishers are to attend the event, IBNA said.
The exhibition includes several sections such as ‘books’, ‘software’, ‘handicrafts’, ‘arts’, ‘children and teenagers’ and ‘precious works and manuscripts’.
The ‘software’ section presents digital media related to the field of Qur’an as well as animations and PC games inspired by the Holy Qur’an.
The part of ‘precious works and manuscripts’ will host works related to Ayatollah Marashi Najafi library.
The exhibition will be attended by 10 Qur’anic institutes and four foreign publishers from Lebanon, Syria and Turkey who will display 1,200 titles.
It will run until July 27.
Veteran Iranologist Manouchehr Sotoudeh’s 100th birthday was celebrated in a ceremony on July 18.
The ceremony, arranged by the Tehran Tourist Guides Association, was held at Negarestan Garden, according to Mehr News Agency.
A bust of Sotoudeh was unveiled at the event. A collection of his photos and publications are also on show in an exhibition that will run for 10 days.
The book ‘The Aged Cedar’, featuring 100 years of Sotoudeh’s activities in different fields, was also introduced at the event.
A collection of shirts bearing signatures of Iranian art and cultural figures were displayed on the sidelines.
Born in 1913, Sotoudeh studied Persian language and literature at Tehran University and has authored many books on Iran.
Tom Hanks Set for ‘Inferno’ Role
Actor Tom Hanks is to reunite with director Ron Howard for the film version of Dan Brown’s latest best-selling novel, ‘Inferno’.
Hanks will reprise his role as Harvard professor Robert Langdon in the mystery thriller, according to film industry website ‘Deadline’.
Howard previously directed the 2006 adaptation of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and its prequel, ‘Angels and Demons’, in 2009.
The new film is due to be released in December 2015, according to BBC.
David Koepp, who penned the script for ‘Angels and Demons’, is also set to return to the franchise.
Brown’s latest book, which was published in May, sees Langdon try to stop a threatening plague, following clues in Dante’s ‘The Divine Comedy’ that take him to Florence and Venice in Italy.
Hanks is expected to take on the role of Langdon for a forthcoming adaptation of ‘The Lost Symbol’, the third novel in Brown’s book series, but Howard opted out of the project.
The film franchise has been a high earner for Sony Pictures. ‘The Da Vinci Code’ made $758m (£498m) at the worldwide box office while ‘Angel and Demons’ took in $486m (£319m).
Prior to the Brown adaptations, Hanks and Howard previously worked together on the films ‘Splash’ and ‘Apollo 13’.
Hetherington’s 1st Exhibit In Amsterdam
‘Infidel’ is the first exhibition of Tim Hetherington (1970-2011) in the Netherlands.
Foam presents a mixture of his photographs and videos, drawn from his series Sleeping Soldiers, Infidel and Diary. In his work Hetherington focused on the experience of war from the perspective of the individual.
Through his photographs, writing and films, Hetherington provides us with new ways to look at and think about human suffering as a result of war, both from the perspective of ordinary soldiers as well as the civilians caught up in the conflict, according to ArtDaily.
Infidel consists of large-scale images of the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan, taken to set the scene, as well as intimate portraits of the American troops stationed there.
The photographs were taken over a period of one year in 2007-2008, during which Hetherington managed to get incredibly close to the soldiers. Describing the photographs in Infidel, Hetherington said: “It’s all about the men. I didn’t want to pretend this was about the war in Afghanistan. It was a conscious decision. It comments on the experience of the soldier. It’s brotherhood.
The flow of pictures is to introduce you to the Korengal Valley first and then to see the men in an intimate way…To get to know them and how they lived. Then you see them in combat in the traditional combat style. Finally, you see them as young men, sleeping.”
Alongside the prints of Infidel, Foam will show Hetherington’s film Sleeping Soldiers (2009). In this film we are confronted with intimate and tender portraits of soldiers asleep whilst stationed in a combat zone. It sheds light onto another and previously unseen part of modern warfare. The film drives home how incredibly vulnerable and young these soldiers are. It proves exactly how close the photographer managed to get to the soldiers of 173rd Airborne division. The exhibition also explores Hetherington’s private thoughts and feelings about his work in Diary, a short film that collages original footage taken by Hetherington throughout his career.
The photographer described Diary, which he directed in 2010, as “a highly personal and experimental film that expresses the subjective experience of my work, and was made as an attempt to locate myself after ten years of reporting. It’s a kaleidoscope of images that link our western reality to the seemingly distant worlds we see in the media.”
Born in 1970 in Liverpool, Tim Hetherington graduated from Oxford University and later studied at Cardiff University. Hetherington received numerous grants and awards including a grant from the Hasselblad Foundation (2002), the 2007 World Press Photo of the Year, the Rory Peck Award for Features (2008), the Alfred I. duPont Award (2009), and the Leadership in Entertainment Award by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America for his work on the film Restrepo (2011).
His work was published amongst others in Vanity Fair, The Independent, Foto8 and Foam Magazine. Hetherington has been exhibited in many places, including at Host Gallery in London, the New York Photo Festival, and the ICP and Yossi Milo Gallery in New York.
A sunflower field in Khorasan Razavi province
(Photo by Mohammad Mohaimeni)
In Art Galleries
Tehran’s Homa Gallery is hosting an exhibition of photos by Sahar Mokhtari.
The exhibit will run until July 23 at the gallery located at #58, Chehrazi St., near the intersection of Niayesh Highway and Vali-e Asr Ave.
Photos by Ali Shariati (1933-1977) taken during his stay in England are currently on display in an exhibit at Shariati Museum. The show will run until July 22 at the museum located at #9, Nader Alley, off Jamalzadeh St, Mehr News Agency wrote.
Photos by Behnam Sahavi are on display in two exhibitions at Tajrish and Vali-e Asr subway stations. The shows will run until August 10.
Etemad Gallery is hosting an exhibition of photomontages by Arash Bahrami.
The exhibit will run until July 23 at the gallery at #4, Boukan St. off Sadeqi Qomi St., near Yasser Square in the Niavaran neighborhood.
An exhibition of photos by Bahman Jalali, Gohar Dashti, Alireza Fani and Behnam Seddiqi is currently underway at Silk Road Gallery.
The exhibit will run until August 2 at the gallery located at #112, Lavasani St. in northern Kamranieh.
An exhibition of paintings by Shakiba Pournaqi is currently underway at the Institute for Promotion of Contemporary Visual Arts.
The exhibit will run until July 20 at the gallery, which can be found at #19, Khark St., near the Vahdat Hall.
Works of group of painters and photographers are currently on display in an exhibition at Seen Gallery.
The paintings and photos have been created by Shima Asadi, Leila Babakan, Matin Tofiqi, Pegah Lari, Sediqeh Mardani, Babak Yaquti and several other artists.
The exhibit will run until August 5 at the gallery located at #40 Seoul St. off Vanak Sq.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):
A man must abstain from all bad expressions while fasting.