This new generation of murals began to appear in the 1990s. In 2001, under the presidency of President Mohammad Khatami, a special department for mural paintings and graphics was established by the Tehran municipality. In 2006, I conducted an interview with the department's head, who told me that mural paintings in Tehran had progressed substantially and recent stylistic changes and technical innovations echoed in important ways those found in other world capitals and metropolitan centers. Although he spoke about some of the problems presented by the first generation of wall paintings, specifically the issue of "visual pollution," he still did not have a clear position on the issue of erasing the city's many old, worn, and damaged murals that reflect outdated ideas and obsessions. He told me that a lot of time would need to be spent on considering what would be painted in their stead. His department's actual power is limited mainly to preventing other agencies from commissioning murals without its authorization. Its role is for the most part technical and advisory, including weighing in on artistic issues and matters of taste.
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Via Tehran Bureau