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Malaysian Art Expo, one of the largest art events in Southeast Asia, is sponsored by the Islamic Culture and Communication Organization.
Malaysian Art Expo, which is one of the largest artistic events in South East Asia, and the largest in Malaysia, began on Wednesday, October 11.
Abbas Khame Yar, deputy director of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, said about this event: “The opening ceremony of this art event was held at the International Kuala Lumpur Fairgrounds with the presence of Tonco Seyyed Feizdalin Putra, king of Perlis Malaysia, along with his wife Tonko Haja Laila al-Shahriyn Akashah Khalil, ambassador of iran ‘Marzieh Afkham’ and Ali Mohammad, a former cultural advisor of Iran, also attend this ceremony.”
He added: "Iran has two booths in this event. In one of them, Morteza Goodarzi Dibaj’s artworks are exhibited. The other booth, the stand of Mandegar Institute of Art and Culture, exhibits a collection of contemporary Iranian art, divided in two categories, painting and sculpture, by Franaz Mohammadi as a curator and Zahra Golshani as manager.
In the painting section artworks of different artists, namely, Farah Osouli, Gizla Varga Sinaei, Bita Vakili, Vahid Chamani, Mitra kavian, Flora Feizbakhsh, Maneli Manoochehri, Keyvan Asgari, Shahpari Behzadi, Jahangir Shahdadi, Morteza Pourhosseini, Leili Rashidi Raof, Yasra Mojtahedi, Nooshin Zamani, Mohammad Tabatabaei, Leila Visme, Shahla Moazezi, Nastaran Safaei, Sima Bina,and Salar Ahmadian are exhibited. Artworks of Ghodratollah Agheli, Hamed Rashtian, Banafshe Hemati, Farnaz Rabiei jah and Amin Pourfahimi have been exhibited in the sculpture section.
The deputy director of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, said: “The king of Malaysia, after visiting the Iranian booths, thanked for the presence of our country at this great art event and also he said that I have heard a lot about Iran and I would like to visit your country.”
It should be noted that Art Expo is holding its eleventh event, while it is not only the largest market for the visual art market in South-East Asia, but also it can be considered as a place for the exchange of ideas and culture among different nations, especially in South-East Asia.
During the past years, Iran’s presence under the name of Islamic republic of Iran has been full of artworks by Iranian artists in different styles.
The Malaysian Artistic Exposure Survey shows that this international event, starting in 2007 with sales of less than two and a half million Ringgit, about $ 550,000, and so far the largest sales record was in 2014 with sales of over 20 Million Ringgit, means about $ 5 million. Over the past years, more than 30 Asian and European countries have participated in this yearly artistic event. Iranian artists, in their first presence at the 2013 Arts Festival, sold around 30,000 Ringgit that it is equal over $ 7,000, which was only for selling a part of artworks. In 2014, almost all the artworks, which were presented at the Iranian booth, were sold with approximately three times more than previous year. In 2016, the Iranian booth was a showcase of young Iranian artist, which was not very successful. Malaysia's 2017 Art Expo seems to be a great show of Iranian art. During the years of Iran's participation in the Malaysian Art Expo, only one other booth from a gallery in Shiraz in 2014, along with a cultural advisor of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, was to present artworks of Iranian visual arts. This year another booth, called the Cultural and Art Institute Persistent, has exhibited artworks of famous contemporary Iranian artists alongside the embassy booth of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In addition to the economic aspect of Art Expo, participating the artists from 25 different countries in the event can be mentioned.
In addition to the presence of the environmental approach which is shown in most of the artworks at the event, artists from different countries are struggling to use the art, which has a common global term and does not have any boundary, in the best way. They all believe that the modern man of the contemporary world has other inner needs and the key of that is to return to himself...
Malaysian Art Expo will be held from 12 to 15 October 2017 at the Metairie Center in Kuala Lumpur. The eleventh Malaysia art fair, has 60 galleries from 25 countries.