Qajar art exhibition celebrates 30 years of political relations between Iran and Armenia

TEHRAN – An exhibition of works of art from the Qajar period (1789-1925) in Yerevan celebrates the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Iran and Armenia.

The current exhibition at Matenadaran, a museum and manuscript repository in the Armenian capital, is being organized in collaboration between the museum and the country’s Iranian Cultural Center, the Iranian embassy in Yerevan announced on Friday.

Matenadaran Director Vahan Ter-Ghevondyan, Iranian Ambassador Abbas Zohuri, Iranian Cultural Attaché Hossein Tabatabai and a group of their colleagues visited the exhibition titled “Iranian Culture Day in Matenadaran”.

They also attended an unveiling ceremony of the fifth volume of the “Persian Documents of the Decrees of Matenadaran” written by Kristine P. Kostikyan, an Armenian scholar who was also present at the unveiling ceremony.

The collection consists of government decrees that were issued regarding Armenians during the Safavid period (1501-1736).

In his short speech, Zohuri said that the history of relations between Iran and Armenia should be reviewed regularly in the modern world, and commended academics who study in this field to generate food for thought for the centers. academics.

He expressed his hope that the continuation of these study projects could prevent the distortion of historical facts, providing present and future generations with the truth about the history of the region.

The curator of the exhibition, Ivet Tajaryan, also informed visitors of the works of art on display at the exhibition and said that it had taken more than four years to accumulate the works of art for the display case, which will last about a year.

Some of the artifacts are from Tajaryan’s personal collection.

Speaking during a visit to Matenadaran earlier in October, Tabatabai said Iran is seeking closer cooperation with Armenia on the restoration of Persian manuscripts.

Ara Philipossian, Iranian-Armenian professor of chemical engineering at the University of Arizona, who is to fund a huge project, which includes the restoration of Persian manuscripts in Matenadaran, accompanied Tabatabai.

The Matenadaran recently asked Iran to organize a workshop given by an Iranian scholar at the museum on the restoration of lacquered manuscripts.

The Matenadaran Ancient Manuscripts Institute – Mesrop Mashtots, which houses the Islamic manuscripts, now contains a total of 2,715 volumes, of which 450 are in Persian.

The museum was established in 1959 on the basis of the nationalized collection of the Armenian Church, formerly kept in Etchmiadzin.

Photo: Curator Ivet Tajaryan (left) briefs Matenadaran Director Vahan Ter-Ghevondyan (2nd left) and Iranian diplomats about an exhibition of Qajar-era artwork at the Matenadaran in Yerevan, Armenia .


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