Magic of Persia’s ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ returns to Monaco next week with an art exhibition and auction, presenting works by emerging and established Iranian artists, Harpers Bazaar reports.
Since its establishment in 2004 the Magic of Persia Foundation has striven to promote and disseminate Iranian contemporary art and culture abroad. Yearly gala dinners, auctions and exhibitions have taken place in Dubai, London and Los Angeles, giving both established and emerging Iranian artists the chance to show their work to a greater audience.
Next weekend, Magic of Persia returns to the Cote d’Azur with an auction preview at Kamil Art Gallery in Monaco on July 27 followed by an auction and gala dinner on July 28 at the Yacht Club in Monaco in association with Christie’s.
“This year we have put ourselves to the test by organising two Fundraising Galas in six weeks in Two different Cities, Monaco and Los Angeles,” says founder Shirley Elghanian. “The Tale of Two Cities has attracted the attention of our supporters and collectors from East to West. The 70 artworks that will be going under the hammer by Christies in Monaco and Bonhams in LA are carefully selected to adhere to the taste of the attendees in each cities. We are confident that A Tale of Two Cities will be a huge success.”
Auction highlights include works by Afsoon, Fereydoun Ave, Nima Behnoud, Hojat Amani, Bahar Sabzevari, Peybak, Mehdi Farhadian, Shadi Ghadirian, Abbas Kiarostami, Farbod Mehr, Melika Shafahi, Shirin Tabeshfar, Siavash Talaei, and Mohammad Bozorgi, among others.
Magic of Persia has created a platform for artists living inside and outside of Iran to have their voices heard through the powerful and universal language of art. Magic of Persia attests that all artwork has been generously donated 100 per cent to Magic of Persia by artists, galleries and collectors. It adds that the auction of the artworks is the main source of funding for the MOP programmes and beneficiaries.