TEHRAN.(Iranart) – A permanent gallery has opened for a collection by master miniaturist Ali Esfarjani at the Negarestan Garden Museum of the University of Tehran.
His widow, Fatemeh Karimnejad, cut the ribbon to launch the exhibition as his daughter, Shahrzad, UT Deputy Director for Cultural Affairs Majid Sarsangi and film expert Akbar Aalami attended the opening ceremony held last Thursday.
“I hope this gallery be preserved for future generations,” Sarsangi said at the ceremony and added, “I also hope future generations visit this gallery to learn lessons from Esfarjani and also enjoy the great spirit of each work on display at the showcase.”
Aalami who has made a documentary about Esfarjani said that Esfarjani was an excellent example of those artists who achieved a proper understanding of Iranian mysticism.
“Like many other of our art pioneers, he had an in-depth knowledge of Persian literature. He had an ordinary life, but he never worked for money and fame, therefore his works are priceless,” he stated.
Shahrzad said that one of her father’s dreams came true by establishing the gallery.
“I was in a wonderful mood this morning, because I felt like that I was going to my father’s new home,” she added.
The collection is composed of 20 miniature paintings that Esfarjani donated to the University of Tehran before his death.
Earlier in August, an exhibition of the artworks was organized at the Negarestan Garden Museum.