Iran Doroudi: Why are artists worthless to you?

Iran Doroudi: Why are artists worthless to you?
ID : N-1476 Date : 2018/03/14 - 12:12

(Persia Digest) -  A plot of land in Tehran’s sixth district intended by artist, Iran Doroudi, to be the site of a museum for her paintings has remained in limbo for two years now, with no license issued by the Islamic City Council for the construction work. The question is, why must a prominent 81-year old artist like Doroudi spend years to build a museum for her works at her own expense, for paintings each of which is worth millions of dollars?

She has spent over 60 years of her life promoting the arts of Iran. She had come to attend the last meeting of the Islamic City Council in the last few days of the Iranian calendar, just before Nowruz. In order to attend the meeting, she had postponed the date for her surgery, only to face closed doors.

She had this to say about it: “On the one hand, the entire city is filled with billboards of me; and on the other, I must beg for a meeting to add one more museum to the city.”

The Head of the Islamic City Council, Mohsen Hashemi, had this to say to her: “The plans for the Iran Doroudi Museum are being scrutinized by the relevant committees and taking their due course. This will soon be placed on the agenda. You must please leave since you are not well.”

Iran Doroudi is worried about not making it out of the surgery. She said she has been working as an artist for over 60 years now and should not be treated in this manner when she is paying for everything herself.

She added: “It is very sad that art and artists are not respected. My works can be seen in museums around the world. I have given my all to this country as an artist. A museum is the cultural heritage and value of a country.”

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