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Tehran celebrates Italy’s Contemporary Art Day

​The National Museum of Iran is the prestigious setting that the Italian Embassy in Tehran has chosen to showcase two most important works of art by Bijan Bassiri, an Italian-Iranian artist: a sculpture entitled “Meteorite” and “Nottambulo”, a diptyc. The exhibit, curated by Bruno Corà, an art historian and critic and President of the Burri Foundation, was opened today.
In his introductory remarks, Italian Ambassador Giuseppe Perrone highlighted the symbolic meaning of Bassiri’s works which convey through shapes and images the artist’s profound thoughts he expressed in his “Manifesto of Magmatic Thought” (1986). At the same time, they represent the intimate and inseparable biographic and creative bond Bassiri has with Italy.
The opening of the exhibit was followed by the screening of a docu-film entitled ”Il Canto del Tempo del Pensiero Magmatico” by the Iranian director Ali Eskandari. Through the narration of Bruno Corà and Anna Imponente, Director of the Campania Museum Complex, the film illustrates the artistic activity of Bijan Bassiri all the way to the Iranian Pavilion at the 57th Biennale d’Arte di Venezia where his works were showcased.


The exhibit marks Italy’s Contemporary Art Day that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation coordinated in conjunction with AMACI and MIBACT. The event was organized in partnership with the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMOCA), the University of Tehran and the National Museum of Iran.