Although galleries and cultural institutions inside Iran are restricted only to function within a set of tightly enforced rules and regulations, Tehran is now home to many art galleries - about 46 new galleries have opened in past two years alone according to Iran’s director of Visual Arts Office for the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance - and the number keeps rising.
In this interview, Leila Sajjadi talks to three of the most active and best-known Tehran based gallerists about the past, present and future of Iranian visual arts. Lili Golestan of Golestan Gallery is one of the pioneers of the profession in the country, Nazila Nobashari directs Aaran Gallery, a relatively young gallery that is active in promoting avant garde and courageous art in the scene and Omid Tehrani of Assar Art Gallery, who plays an active role in introducing and promoting modern and contemporary Iranian art to the International art scene.
- How has the Iranian art landscape changed in the past ten years?
- What would you look for in the works of art you decide to promote?
- Why paintings are still the leading art form in the Iranian art market? Or has this changed recently?
- How do you feel about the Auctions and Art Fairs? Are you a participant in selling or buying through them?
- What would you say to new collectors who want to invest in Iranian art?
- What aspects can improve the quality of the ways galleries function inside Iran?
- Where is the best collection of Iranian Modern and Contemporary Iranian art kept?
benefit the museum. I think you will find the best of Iranian art scattered around inside people’s homes.
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Via Art Review