Iranian culture minister urges his aids to take artwork export seriously 

February 11, 2019

TEHRAN – Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Abbas Salehi has asked his assistants to take the export of artworks seriously.

“The international sanctions against Iran exclude art and cultural products,” Salehi said last week during a visit to “Charsu-ye Honar”, a new section dedicated to displaying works from galleries in the 11th Fajr Festival of Visual Arts, which is underway at Tehran’s Qasr Garden Museum.

“We should take the export of art products seriously and use this opportunity to export Iranian artworks,” he stated.

He said that the culture ministry, which is the main organizer of the festival, welcomes Iranian galleries’ collaboration in the Fajr art festival and added that the cooperation has contributed significantly to the event.    

“The circle of artists is becoming increasingly wider in the country and a limited number of buyers of artworks can cause harm to the art market,” Salehi said and noted, “Therefore, we need to increase the number of art customers and the galleries can fulfill the need.”

He said that there is widening gap between the growth of Iranian art market and what is underway in the world economy and asked his assistants to decrease the gap by making modifications to the regulations on export of artworks. 

Over 50 galleries are displaying artworks by 270 artists at the Charsu-ye Honar exhibition, which will come to end on Wednesday.

Photo: Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Abbas Salehi (C) and his colleagues visit the Charsu-ye Honar exhibition at Tehran’s Qasr Garden Museum on February 8, 2019.


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