Israel hosts Iranian art exhibition to showcase Iran's 'deep and creative culture'

Published May 19th, 2016 - 06:38 GMT

A Jerusalem museum is hosting an exhibition of Iranian art intended to showcase the humanity of the Islamic Republic.  

Titled “Sign From Iran,” the exhibition will showcase 60 posters by 27 of Iran’s greatest contemporary graphic artists, according to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur news agency. 

The poster art features traditional calligraphy and modern design, the outlet said. Visitors will “get to know a very deep and creative culture,” said curator Yossi Lemel, which will allow them to “relate first of all to people, to human beings, creating a news space for communication that is not stigmatic.”  

The artists represented in the exhibition include award-winning Iranian designers in worldwide poster biennales, according to The Jerusalem Press Club. The show opened last week at Jerusalem’s Museum of Islamic Art, which was founded in 1974 in order to showcase the artistic achievements of Israel’s Muslim neighbors.  

Israel and Iran have been at odds ever since the Iranian revolution of 1979, when the Western-backed shah was overthrown and a Muslim government was installed. 

Israel was the most outspoken opponent of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers last year, which was spearheaded by US President Barack Obama.

In January, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon even went so far as to say that it would be better for Israel to have Daesh as a neighbor in Syria than Iran. 

Meanwhile, Iran is currently hosting an international contest for anti-Israeli cartoons, some of which compare the actions of the Israeli government with the Holocaust


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