Volume. 11934

Retrospective of works of calligrapher Iraj Naeimaii kicks off
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_16_sb13(4).jpgTEHRAN – The Imam Ali (AS) Museum of Religious Arts held the opening ceremony held of a retrospective of works of veteran calligrapher Iraj Naeimaii on Thursday.
Iranian Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Ali Moradkhani, master calligrapher Gholam-Hossein Amirkhani, Tehran City Council Chairman Ahmad Masjed-Jamei, and several artists and officials attended the ceremony.
The religious scholars and clerics always pay attention to the art of calligraphy, Masjed-Jamei said during the ceremony.
“Naeimaii has a good understanding of truth in art, which is manifested in his artworks,” he added.
“We do not have a specific definition of religious art however Naeimaii could be considered the missing link between art and religion,” art scholar Hassan Bolkhari said.
Afterward, Amirkhani talked about Naeimaii and his art. 
He called Naimaei a professional artist who understands cultural and social issues as well.
Vocalist Abdolhossein Mokhtabad, Hessameddin Seraj and the Head of Iran’s House of Music Hamidreza Nurbakhsh also attended the event.
“The curves of Naeimaii’s calligraphy artworks remind the visitor of a kamancheh,” the santur virtuoso Majid Kiani said during the event.
Naeimaii, who is also a music scholar, was previously the head of the Iran’s House of Music.
“Music and calligraphy have a close relationship with each other; I can hear the sound of Iranian music in Naeimaii’s artworks,” he added.
At the end of the ceremony, Naeimaii made a short speech and expressed his thanks for holding the event.
“Commemorating an artist is actually the commemoration of art, so I am very happy that this this event was held,” he said.
Naeimaii, 54, is a graduate of Qom Seminary. He has created several calligraphy artworks during his 30 year career.
His artworks are on display during an exhibition at the museum until March 11.
The museum can be found on Esfandiar Blvd., near the intersection with Vali-e Asr Ave. in northern Tehran.

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