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Iran’s National Botanical Garden in Tehran (Photos)

Founded in 1968, the garden extends over an area of about 150ha (370ac) and is planned to be the main center for horticulture and plant taxonomy in Iran.

A herbarium of Iranian plants is gradually being built up and now consists of some 160,000 species. It also contains gardens of non-Iranian plants, an arboretum, six lakes, hills (to represent the Alborz and Zagros mountains), a rock garden, a waterfall, a wetland, a river about 1 km long, systematic area, fruit garden, picnic area with some pavilions, desert plants areas, a salt lake and a wadi (a dry, ephemeral, riverbed that contains water only during times of heavy rain). The botanical and horticultural library has more than 11.000 volumes.

The area, located at 1320m altitude by the freeway between Tehran and Karaj, is flat and slopes gently to the south. The Albourz Mountains forms the background. The climate is dry with an average annual precipitation of about 240 mm falling between November and May. Temperature reaches as much as 42–43ºC during July and August. During winter the temperature may fall to –10ºC or lower. The natural vegetation of the area is dry Artemisia Siberia steppe.

Sources: Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands, Wikipedia, instagram @nbgiran, Mehr News Agency (MNA) 1, MNA 2, MNA 3, Tehran Picture, tishineh.com, netbaran.com, behtarynha.com

Strolling through Tehran’s art galleries – II

First part: Strolling through Tehran’s art galleries – I

Overview

  1. Photos, cartoons, comic strips and paintings by Kambiz Derambakhsh at Tehran’s Art Center. Bio: iranianroots.com. More photos: Honar Online
  2. “Between Two Curtains”, painting exhibition by Shahroo Kheradmand at Gallery A.
    Bio (in Persian): galleryinfo.ir and a-gallery.ir. More photos: Honar Online
  3. “V[!]ROLLURGY, #Fake news and fake science” by Mamali Shafahi at Mohsen Gallery.
    Bio: mohsen.gallery and aptglobal.org. More photos: Honar Online
  4. “Colorful Universe”, painting exhibition by Amir Bakhtiar Sanjabi at Shirin Gallery.
    Bio: amirsanjabi.com and financialtribune.com. More photos:  Honar Online
  5. Calligraphy exhibition by Alireza Shirafkan at Negar Art Gallery. Bio (in Persian): negarartgallery.com. More photos: instagram @alirezashirafkan90
  6. “The color of the island”, 10 year review of Ahmad Nadalian’s work in Hormuz Island at Mahmoudiyeh House. Bio: greenmuseum.org. More photos: instagram @ahmad.nadalian
  7. “I’m an artist”, “From Historical Documents”, photos, paintings and videos from Ramin Etemadi Bozorg at Dena Gallery. Bio: creativedisturbance.org. More photos: Honar Online
  8. “I know why the rebel sings”, photo exhibition by Newsha Tavakolian at Ab/Anbar Art Gallery. Bio: theotheriran.com. More photos:  Honar Online and Borna News
  9. “Figure and figuration”, group exhibition at Farmanfarma Art Gallery. Artists: Aydin Aghdashloo, Hosein Ahmadinasab, Parvaneh Etemadi, Hannibal Alkhas, Naser Ovissi, Reza Bangiz, Sima Bina, Jazeh Tabatabai, Mahmoud Javadipour, Bahman Dadkhah, Mehdi Sahabi, Iraj Zand, Jahangir Shahdadi and Manocher Motabar. More photos: Honar Online
  10. “Delete”, photo and video art exhibition by Yekta Darvish at Jaleh Gallery.
    Interview (in Persian): honaronline.ir. More photos: Honar Online and ISCA News
  11. “Horses and smiles”, painting solo exhibition by Poorang Pirataei at Delgosha Gallery. Short info about the artist: theculturetrip.com. More photos: Honar Online
  12. Handmade Printmaking Woodcut Exhibition by Parvin Hani Tabaei at did Gallery. Bio: parihani.com. More photos: Honar Online
  13. Painting exhibition by Davood Emdadian at Hoor Art Gallery. Bio: hoorartgallery.com. More photos: Honar Online
  14. “Khaki & Light Cyan”, painting exhibition by Morteza Goudarzi Dibaj at Shirin Gallery. Bio (in Persian): hamshahrionline.ir. More photos: Honar Online
  15. “Circle of life”, painting exhibition by Mohsen Etemadifar at Negar Art Gallery. Bio: arthibition.net. More photos: instagram @mohsen etemadifar
  16. 3rd KARA Open Studio at Mohsen Gallery, BAAM project. Works by Rob Santaguida (Canada), Felippe Moraes (Brazil) and Naïmé Perrette (France), awardees of the third edition of Kooshk Artist Residency Award (KARA 2017) as the result of their one month stay in Kooshk in May 2017. Bios: R. Santaguida, F. Moraes, N. Perrette. More photos: Honar Online
  17. “Variations on an instrument of a human anatomy”, artworks by Payam Mofidi at Assar Art Gallery. Bio: assarartgallery.com and mim.gallery. More photos: Honar Online
  18. “The eye that sees series”, painting exhibition by Ahmad Morshedloo at Homa Art Gallery. Bio: assarartgallery.com and saatchigallery.com. More photos: Honar Online
  19. “New Era Pioneers”, group exhibition at Mojdeh Art Gallery. Rarely seen works by Sohrab Sepehri, Bahman Mohasses, Hossein Zendehrudi, Parviz Kalantari, Jazeh Tabatabi and many other artists. More photos: Honar Online
  20. “Naghsh Band”, group exhibition at Vista Art Gallery. Artists: Abolfazl Shahi, Zahra Ebrahimi, Iraj Eskandari, Neda Azami, Fereidoun Omidi, Samila Amir Ebrahimi, Masoud Babakhani, Ladan Borojerdi, Homayoun Salimi, Hamid Jafaree Shakib, Mehdi Hosseini, Setareh Hosseini, Behnam kamrani, Sorme Arab, Katayoun Golestanian, Navid Atrvash, Neda Ghayouri and Gizella Varga Sinaee. More photos: Honar Online
  21. Chalcography exhibition by Mahdieh Azizi Rad at Vista+. Bio: arthibition.net. More photos:  Honar Online
  22. Group exhibition at Behnam Daheshpour Gallery to raise funds for people with cancer. Works by Forugh Khoshnevis, Parvaneh Razzaqi, Mahta Moeini, Shahla Homayuni and other artists. More photos: Honar Online
  23. “Suddenly aged 84”, painting exhibition by Rafat Sarraf at Golestan Gallery. About the artist: Tehran Times. More photos: Honar Online and Mehr News Agency

Other sources: Honar Online (Shahroo Kheradmand, in Persian), Honar Online (Rafat Sarraf, in Persian), Ab/Anbar Art Gallery, Assar Art Gallery (P. Mofidi), Behnam Daheshpour Charity Organization, Golestan Gallery (R. Sarraf), Homa Art Gallery (A. Morshedloo), KARA 2017 Open Studio, Mohsen Gallery (V[!]ROLLURGY), Negar Art Gallery, Shirin Gallery (A. Bakhtiari Sanjabi), Tehran’s Art Center, Vista Art Gallery (M. Azizi Rad), Vista Art Gallery (Naghsh Band), facebook @AbSlashAnbar, instagram @a_art_gallery, instagram @assarartgallery, instagram @behnamcharity, instagram @delgoshagallery, instagram @Dena.gallery, instagram @did_gallery, instagram @homaartgallery, instagram @hoorartgallery, instagram @jaleh.gallery, instagram @mohsengallery, instagram @mojdeh_art_gallery, instagram @negar_art_gallery, instagram @shiringallerytehran, instagram @VistaArtGallery, Tavoos Online (A. Nadalian), Tavoos Online (K. Derambakhsh), Tehran Times (Behnam Charity), Tehran Times (New Era Pioneers), Poster (A. Morshedloo), Poster (Behnam Charity), Poster (D. Emdadian), Poster (Figure and figuration), Poster (KARA 2017), Poster (M. Etemadifar), Poster (M. Goudarzi Dibaj), Poster (New Era Pioneers), Poster (Pari Hani), Poster (V[!]ROLLURGY)

Photo series: Spring in Iran

Spring nature across Iran: East Azerbaijan, Fars, Kerman, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Markazi, Mazandaran, North Khorasan, Qazvin, Razavi Khorasan, West Azerbaijan and Mount Sabalan in Ardabil Province.

Sabalan, or Savalan is an inactive stratovolcano in the Alborz mountain range and Ardabil Province of northwestern Iran. At 4.811 meters (15.784 feet), it is the third highest mountain in Iran. It has a permanent crater lake formed at its summit and on one of its slopes there are large rock formations of eroded volcanic outcrops which resemble animals, birds, and insects.

Sources: ISNA 1, ISNA 2, ISNA 3, ISNA 4, IRNA 1, IRNA 2, IRNA 3Mehr News Agency 1, Mehr 2, Tasnim News Agency 1, Tasnim 2Tasnim 3, Wikipedia

Iranian film won “Un Certain Regard” top prize at Cannes

A Man of Integrity (Lerd), a film that focuses on a goldfish farmer battling corporate oppression in Northern Iran, has won the top prize in the “Un Certain Regard” competition at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.

Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof, the film stars Reza Akhlaghirad, Soudabeh Beizaee and Misagh Zare Zeinab. A Man of Integrity marks Rasoulof’s third attempt at the Un Certain Regard section, having previously had two of his other movies nominated including 2011’s Au revoir and 2013’s Manuscripts Don’t Burn, winning Best Director for the former.

Rasoulof’s win comes three months after another Iranian filmmaker, Asghar Farhadi, won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for his film The Salesman.

“Un Certain Regard” is a section of the Cannes Film Festival’s official selection. It runs parallel to the competition for the Palme d’Or. Introduced in 1978 by Gilles Jacob, this section presents works that have an original aim and aesthetic. The name literally means “a certain glance” but is understood by French speakers to mean “from another point of view.” In 2017 this section presented in competition 18 films hailing from 22 different countries.

Under the presidency of Uma Thurman (actress – United States), the Jury was comprised of Mohamed Diab (director – Egypt), Reda Kateb (actor – France), Joachim Lafosse (director – Belgium) and Karel Och (artistic director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival – Czech Republic).

Iranian short film “AniMal” (Heyvan), co-directed by Bahram and Bahman Ark, won the second prize of the 20th Cinéfondation Selection.  The Jury was headed by Cristian Mungiu (director – Romania) and included Clotilde Hesme (actress – France), Athina Rachel Tsangari (director, writer, producer – Greece), Barry Jenkins (director, script writer – United States) and Eric Khoo (director, writer, producer – Singapore).

La Cinéfondation, by the Cannes Film Festival, was created to inspire and support the next generation of international filmmakers. This year’s selection consisted of 16 student films, chosen out of 2.600 entries coming from 626 film schools around the world.

UN CERTAIN REGARD PRIZES
“Un Certain Regard” Prize: Lerd (A Man of Integrity) by Mohammad Rasoulof
Prize for Best Actress:  Jasmine Trinca for Fortunata by Sergio Castellitto
Prize for the Best Poetic Narrative: Barbara by Mathieu Amalric
Prize for the Best Direction: Taylor sheridan for Wind River
Jury Prize: Las Hijas de Abril (April’s Daughters) by Michel Franco

20th CINÉFONDATION PRIZES
First Prize: Paul est là (Paul is here) directed by Valentina Maurel / INSAS, Belgium
Second Prize: Heyvan (AniMal) directed by Bahram & Bahman Ark / Iranian National School of Cinema, Iran
Third Prize: Deux égarés sont morts (Two youths died) directed by Tommaso Usberti / La Fémis, France

Sources: Wikipedia, Festival de Cannes (Un Certain Regard), Festival de Cannes (Cinéfondation), silverscreen.in, instagram.com #lerd, purepeople.com

Strolling through Tehran’s art galleries – Part I

Overview

  1. “Journey to myself”, painting exhibition by Morteza Asadi in memory of Davood Emdadian at Aria Gallery. Bio: tavoosonline.com
  2. “Horn”, group painting exhibition at Shokou Gallery
  3. “Faraway”, photo exhibtion by Mohsen Shahmardi at Emkan. Bio: mohsenshahmardi.com
  4. “The earth”, selection of works on paper, sculptures and installation by Niloofar Lohrasbi at O Gallery. More: O Gallery (The Eart)
  5. “Dark evolution”, painting exhibition by Azin Rostami at Vista Art Gallery. More: Vista Gallery
  6. “The unseen”, collection of works by Nasser Ovissi at Atbin Gallery. Bio: galleryovissi.com
  7. “Eve’lution”, photo exhibition by Nazanine Ezdiari at Jaleh Gallery. Bio: mekicartgallery.com
  8. “Vacuum bag”, installation by Razieh Aarabi at Vista Art Gallery. More: Vista Art Gallery
  9. Painting exhibition by Alireza Esmaeli at Golestan Gallery. More: Golestan Gallery
  10. “Ghabaleh”, group exhibition curated by Mojdeh Atrak at RoBeRoo Mansion. Artists: Amirmasoud Agharebparast, Hoda Amin, Nazly Pourshirmohamad, Ehsan Tahvilian, Negin Haddadzadeh, Nojan Heydari, Zahere Donyadide, Ehsan Rooholamin, Ehsan Ziaee, Yookabet Farokhi, Zahra Ghyasi, Mahya Giv, Tarlan Lotfizadeh and Maryam Mostaghel
  11. Painting exhibition by Reza Hedayat at Shirin Gallery. More: shiringallery.com
  12. Painting exhibition by Nasser Azizi at Tehran’s Art Center. Bio: mahartgallery.com
  13. “Copy-Paste”, curated by Shahram Entekhabi at Azad Art Gallery. The exhibition intends to review the phenomenon of reproduction, replication and transcription in art.
  14. Painting exhibition by Hadi Farahani at Golestan Gallery. Bio: iranian.com
  15. “Immigration postal boxes”, painting exhibition by Mehrshad Khosravi Yekta at Saless Gallery
  16. “Night, daylight twilight”, painting exhibition by Pariyoush Ganji at Iranshahr Gallery
  17. “Human is the difficulty of duty (1); Ability of loving and to be loved”, group multimedia exhibition curated by Farshid Parsikia at Dena Gallery
  18. “The shadow inside”, painting exhibition by Niloufar Qaderinejad at Sareban Gallery. More: Sareban Gallery
  19. “Girls of the turquoise land”, painting exhibition by Behzad Bozorgi at Valir Art Gallery.
    Bio: Vali Art Gallery
  20. “Typography”, group calligraphy exhibition at Fereshteh Art Gallery. Artists: Mohammad Ehsaei, Nasrolah Afjehi, Salar Ahmadian, Omid Khakbaz, Babak Rashvand, Alireza Saadatmand, Eineddin Sadeghzadeh, Mehdi Falah and Kiarash Yaghubi

Sources: Honar Online (HO) 1, HO 2, HO 3, HO 4, HO 5, HO 6, HO 7, HO 8, HO 9, HO 10, HO 11, HO 12, HO 13, HO 14, HO 15, HO 16, HO 17, HO 18, HO 19, HO 20, Aria Gallery (Journey to Myself), Atbin Gallery, Azad Art Gallery (Copy-Paste), Emkan (Faraway), Fereshteh Art Gallery (Typography), Golestan Gallery (H. Farahani), Jaleh Gallery (Instagram), Shokou Gallery, Tehran Art Center, instagram @behzadbozorgi, instagram @davoodemdadian, instagram @Dena.gallery, instagram @fereshtehartgallery, instagram @iranshahrgallery, instagram @mehrshad_khosravi_yekta, instagram #نازنین_ازدیاری (Nazanine Ezdiari), instagram @rooberoo_mansion, instagram @salessgallery, instagram @sarebangallery, instagram @shiringallerytehran, instagram @VistaArtGallery, Honar Online (in Persian, about Bakhtiari, Bozorgi, Hedayat and Farahani), Mehr News (N. Azizi) (in Persian), Payvand (H. Farahani), Poster (N. Azizi), Poster (Horn), Poster (Vacuum Bag)

Easter 2017 in Iran (Photos)

This Easter was celebrated by all Christian denominations on the same day, which is unusual. The date usually differs, often even by weeks, between Eastern and Western Christianity, since the calculations are based on the Julian calendar and Gregorian calendar respectively.

Like last Christmas, Muslims in Abadan joined on Easter Sunday the single Christian family in the city at Surp Karapet Church.

The majority of Iranian Christians are ethnic Armenians and Assyrians, who follow the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East respectively. Armenians celebrate the Nativity and baptism of Jesus on January 6, at the same time as the Epiphany. The Assyrians today celebrate Christmas on December 25.

Photos: St. Grigor Lusavoritch Church and St. Sarkis Cathedral in Tehran

Sources: Tasnim News, IRNA, Mehr News, Fars News, Payvand News, Wikipedia

Iran won eight medals at Asian u-20 Chess Championship

Young Iranian chess players won two gold, three silver and three bronze medals at the 2017 Asian Juniors u-20 Chess Championships 2017 held in Shiraz.

India dominated the Asian Junior Girls event, winning gold, silver and bronze. Iran did the same at the Asian Junior Open event: IM Masoud Mosadeghpour won the title, IM Alireza Firouzja won silver and Arash Tahbaz bronze.

Mosadeghpour also finished second in Open Rapid with 5.5 points behind IM Tuan Minh Tran from Vietnam, who won gold with 6.0 points. Iran’s IM Mersad Khodashenas finished third.

In Girls Rapid, WCM Sharma Isha from India stood on top of the podium with 6.0 points followed by Iran’s Anousha Mahdian with 5.0 points. Guddanti Harshita of India ranked third.

At the Asian Junior Girls Blitz event Iran’s WFM Mobina Alinasab won gold followed by Guddanti Harshita from India and Mutriba Hotami from Tajikistan. Tuan Minh Tran from Vietnam won his second gold medal in Open Blitz. India’s IM Bharathakoti Harsha finished second and Amirmasoud Moradi from Iran third.

Finals standings
– Asian Junior – Girls: 1st WIM Ivana Maria Furtado (India), 2nd C.H. Meghna (India), 3rd WFM Rutumbara Bidhar (India)
– Asian Junior – Open: 1st IM Masoud Mosadeghpour (Iran), 2nd IM Alireza Firouzja (Iran), 3rd Arash Tahbaz (Iran)
– Asian Junior – Girls (Rapid): 1st WCM Sharma Isha (India), 2nd Anousha Mahdian (Iran), 3rd Guddanti Harshita (India)
– Asian Junior – Open (Rapid): 1st IM Tuan Minh Tran (Vietnam), 2nd IM Masoud Mosadeghpour (Iran), 3rd IM Mersad Khodashenas (Iran)
– Asian Junior – Girls (Blitz): 1st WFM Mobina Alinasab (Iran), 2nd Guddanti Harshita (India), 3rd Mutriba Hotami (Tajikistan)
– Asian Junior – Open (Blitz): 1st IM Tuan Minh Tran (Vietnam), 2nd IM Bharathakoti Harsha (India), 3rd Amirmasoud Moradi (Iran)

Notes
IM: International Master; WCM: Woman Candidate Master; WFM: Woman FIDE Master; WIM: Woman International Master

Source: chess-results.com