Help save Iranian painter Hassan Meshkinfam’s museum

Work by Iranian painter Hassan Meshkinfam, on display at Grey College, Durham.

Work by Iranian painter Hassan Meshkinfam, on display at Grey College, Durham.

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A top Iranian painter has been invited to Grey College, Durham University, to exhibit his work as part of a campaign to save a unique museum of visual art in Iran.

Painter and photographer Hassan Meshkinfam, 59, whose work has been exhibited in Iran and Sweden, in 2003 co-founded the Gallery of Modern Art in his hometown of Shiraz.

It receives no state funding and is the first and only private museum in Iran. The museum costs about £100 a week to run and, in a country where the average wage is £200 a month, entrance to the museum is only 20 pence.

It exhibits paintings, photographs, sculpture and calligraphy by Iranian artists from the past 200 years.

Meshkinfam was educated in Iran and at the Besancon School of Fine Arts in Paris.

In addition to Iran, his paintings and photographs adorn private and public collections in the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Japan, the United States and France. His published works include two albums of paintings and two albums of photographs.

Meshkinfam has been invited to exhibit at Grey College by Henry Dyson, Keeper of Fine Art at Durham University.

Mr Dyson said: “As well as being a wonderful artist, Hassan Meshkinfam is dedicated to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of Shiraz, a city regarded as the cultural capital of Iran.

“The Meshkinfam Museum of Visual Arts is a unique and monumental effort by him, reflecting his dedication to the art and cultural identity of his homeland.

“Sadly, the museum will close unless finances are raised and all of the paintings at the Durham exhibition are for sale for this very worthwhile cause.”

The Poetry Inspired Years is the title of the exhibition that includes 14 illustrations based on 12 poems of the internationally-acclaimed Iranian poet Nima Youshij (1896 to 1960), regarded as the founder of Persian modern poetry.

Meshkinfam said: “I am delighted to be invited to display at Durham University.

“The exhibitions here at Grey College have gained an international reputation over the past few years and I look forward to meeting people interested in finding out about Iranian culture.”

* The Poetry Inspired Years will run at Grey College, South Road, Durham, until Sunday, March 2.

The exhibition will be open to the public from 11am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays. Weekdays are strictly by appointment.

For further details about the exhibition, contact Joyce Dover on Tel. 334 5638 or email: joyce.dover@durham.ac.uk or henry@henrydyson.co.ukap

Painter and photographer Hassan Meshkinfam, 59, whose work has been exhibited in Iran and Sweden, in 2003 co-founded the Gallery of Modern Art in his hometown of Shiraz.

It receives no state funding and is the first and only private museum in Iran. The museum costs about £100 a week to run and, in a country where the average wage is £200 a month, entrance to the museum is only 20 pence.

It exhibits paintings, photographs, sculpture and calligraphy by Iranian artists from the past 200 years.

Meshkinfam was educated in Iran and at the Besancon School of Fine Arts in Paris.

In addition to Iran, his paintings and photographs adorn private and public collections in the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Japan, the United States and France. His published works include two albums of paintings and two albums of photographs.

Meshkinfam has been invited to exhibit at Grey College by Henry Dyson, Keeper of Fine Art at Durham University.

Mr Dyson said: “As well as being a wonderful artist, Hassan Meshkinfam is dedicated to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of Shiraz, a city regarded as the cultural capital of Iran.

“The Meshkinfam Museum of Visual Arts is a unique and monumental effort by him, reflecting his dedication to the art and cultural identity of his homeland.

“Sadly, the museum will close unless finances are raised and all of the paintings at the Durham exhibition are for sale for this very worthwhile cause.”

The Poetry Inspired Years is the title of the exhibition that includes 14 illustrations based on 12 poems of the internationally-acclaimed Iranian poet Nima Youshij (1896 to 1960), regarded as the founder of Persian modern poetry.

Meshkinfam said: “I am delighted to be invited to display at Durham University.

“The exhibitions here at Grey College have gained an international reputation over the past few years and I look forward to meeting people interested in finding out about Iranian culture.”

l The Poetry Inspired Years will run at Grey College, South Road, Durham, until Sunday, March 2.

The exhibition will be open to the public from 11am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays. Weekdays are strictly by appointment.

For further details about the exhibition, contact Joyce Dover on Tel. 334 5638 or email: joyce.dover@durham.ac.uk or henry@henrydyson.co.uk