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Photos: Painted eggs across Tehran

Hundreds of Nowruz eggs painted by Iranian artists were placed in five of Tehran’s parks (Mellat, Laleh, Abbas Abad, Park Shahr and Bagh-e Ferdows) during Baharestan, an urban art event to welcome spring as part of the Persian New Year celebrations. Charities have organized a workshop at the Iranian Artists’ Forum where visual artists and 120 children have painted Nowruz eggs.

Painted eggs symbolize fertility and are displayed on the Nowruz table, called Haft-Seen together with various other symbolic objects. In ancient times Zoroastrians painted eggs for Nowruz, their New Year celebration, which falls on the Spring equinox. Nowadays this Nowruz tradition is common to Iranians of Islamic, Zoroastrian, and other faiths.

Related article: Urban art event to welcome spring in Tehran

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Photos: Urban art event to welcome spring in Tehran

Baharestan, a spring urban art event, has started as part of the Persian New Year celebrations. Projects by five hundred artists are being displayed until late April across the Iranian capital.

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Street Art in Iran: Mehdi Ghadyanloo (Photos & Video)

Iranian Mehdi Ghadyanloo’s canvas is the skyline. His illusions create windows to other — more magical — worlds. Seeking to combine minimalist architectural spaces with surreal scenes from another universe, he has painted over 100 murals across the Iranian capital, giving unsuspecting drivers good reason to do a double take, as the fantasy blends in with the real.

Like exaggerated dream sequences, his images portray gravity-defying figures and portholes to other dimensions, all from altered perspectives that meld sky and structure.

About Mehdi Ghadyanloo
Mehdi Ghadyanloo is an Iranian painter, born 1980 in Karaj, Iran. He moved to the capital to study at Tehran University’s College of Fine Arts. He graduated with a BA in 2005 and subsequently earned a MA in film studies from Tehran’s Teachers College (Tarbiyat-e Modarres).

Known primarily for his gigantic trempe l’oeil [1] style murals in central Tehran, Ghadyanloo also creates small scale paintings, with surreal and minimalistic themes. Through his works, Ghadyanloo opens a window into the mood of life in Iran today. At the same time, he provides an autobiographical perspective, portraying the landscapes of his youth, his memories of Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), and his life experience in the Islamic Republic.

In 2015 he visited London for an exhibition of his “indoor” paintings, and painted murals there also, including one in Shoreditch.

A report from CNN about Mehdi Ghadyanloo:

Related articles:
1. The Guardian | Tehran’s answer to Banksy: Mehdi Ghadyanloo hits Britain,
2. Howard Griffin Gallery | Artists | Mehdi Ghadyanloo
3. Urban Outfitters Blog | Artist of the week: Mehdi Ghadyanloo
4. Facelifting Tehran | One Wall at a Time: Interview with Mehdi Ghadyanloo

[1] trompe-l’oeil: Art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.

Mehdi Ghadyanloo on Facebook, Bēhance, Instagram and Twitter

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Photos compilation: A gallery as big as Tehran

In a project, called ‘A Gallery As Big As a Town’, aiming to encourage people to visit museums, the city’s billboard ads were home for artworks by renowned local and foreign artists for 10 days, turning the Iranian capital into a giant urban art gallery.

There were more than 1,500 billboards dotted across the capital’s streets, displaying a total of 700 works that also included reproductions of traditional Persian miniatures, carpets, calligraphy and various other art pieces.

Iranian artworks were selected from different periods of Islamic and pre-Islamic arts including potteries, glassware, etc. and contemporary and modern period which displayed works by Kamal-ol-Molk and his students.

Related articles:
The Guardian | Tehran swaps ‘death to America’ billboards for Picasso and Matisse
The New York Times | Suddenly, Tehran’s Mayor Becomes a Patron of the Arts
The Huffington Post | Tehran Becomes Giant Open-Air Art Gallery

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