Van Gogh’s ear focus of Tehran show

November 27, 2008

TEHRAN -- A Tehran gallery has recently hung a number of artworks centering on the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh’s ear.

Entitled “Van Gogh’s Ear”, the exhibition is displaying works in various art forms aimed at depicting some of the hardship in Van Gogh’s life, the 10 Gallery announced in a press release published by ISNA on Tuesday.
The idea for holding the exhibit was proposed to the artists a few months ago and they have assembled the works exclusively for the show.
Works by Abbas Kiarostami, Parviz Tanavoli, Parviz Kalantari, Gholam-Hossein Nami, Farideh Lashaii, Golnaz Fat’hi, Bahram Dabiri, Kurosh Shishegaran, and several other artists are among the items on display at the showcase.
A photo by Iran’s multimedia artist Kiarostami is one the fascinating works of the show. He has created a scene depicting Van Gogh putting brush strokes on a painting in the wheat field, wherein he is believed to have shot himself.
Kiarostami has used a kind of printing technique to make the photo resemble a painting.
The title of the exhibition refers to the argument between Van Gogh and the French painter Paul Gauguin, during which Van Gogh reportedly chased him with a razor, and then cut off the lower half of his own left ear.
Van Gogh shot himself on July 27, 1890, soon after he finished his last painting, “Crows in a Wheatfield”. The brooding, ominous atmosphere of the painting is considered a reflection of the artist’s disturbed state of mind at the end of his life.
The exhibit will run until December 3 at the gallery located at Riahipur Alley, Niru-ye Entezami St., Khoddami St., near Vanak Square.
Photo: A photo by Abbas Kiarostami depicting Van Gogh creating a painting in a wheat field is currently on display at Tehran’s 10 Gallery.