An exhibition of three collections by the artist Akbar Mikhak was set up in the gardens of the residence of the Italian Ambassador in Tehran, Giuseppe Perrone. A cultural project accompanying the presentation, on 23 September, of a new episode of the video-series produced by the Italian Embassy called “From Tehran to Rome. A Journey through Art”, which explores the figure of the Italian-Iranian artist who lived in Rome and developed an interest in modernism, abstract art and neo-futurism.
Rome, he also opened an art gallery (Galleria Altri Temi) and a cultural centre (Centro Culturale Aquario), finally returning to Iran in 1996.
The first of the three collections displayed is called “Vague” and consists of 20 postcards arranged on a large panel, depicting the various stages of an ideal journey from Rome to Isfahan and back. The second, called “Living Soul”, features 6 stylised photographs of water reflections of Venice. The third, called “Playing with the Letters of the Alphabet”, comprises 4 paintings of abstract calligraphy, focusing on the reinterpretation and combination of signs and letters of the Persian and Latin alphabets.