In the historic Persian garden of the Italian residence in Tehran, the Ambassador to Iran, Giuseppe Perrone, hosted a three-day event entitled “An Artistic Itinerary in the Garden of the Italian Residence“, offering around 600 guests the opportunity to visit the park where a selection of masterpieces of modern Italian and Iranian art was set up for the occasion.
The series of events followed the cancellation – upon the official instructions of the Islamic Republic’s authorities on the eve of the event – of the public opening of the Italian Residence garden on the occasion of Republic Day on 2 June. The public opening had been scheduled through a reservation system that had sold out in less than 48 hours.
“We were very sorry not to be able to offer the public the chance to admire the rich artistic and monumental heritage of the Italian Residence in Tehran on 2 June,” Ambassador Perrone said in his opening speech. “But we are happy today to be able to reciprocate the Iranians’ generosity by sharing a site of great historical and cultural importance such as our Persian garden, registered in the list of Iran’s national monumental heritage,” he concluded.
The 600 guests could admire Mohsen Vaziri Moqaddam‘s mobile sculptures; Khosrow Khorshidi‘s drawings of 1940s Tehran; Bizhan Bassiri’s “magmatic sculptures”, Khosrow Hassanzadeh‘s pop art portraits; Gaetano Pesce‘s visionary drawings for the Tehran National Library in 1977, and the collection of murals created by Italian and Iranian artists for the “Urban Art Unites” initiative promoted by the Italian Embassy in 2019.