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Holding a ceremony in honor of Ahmad Khalili with the unveiling of the Savior sign in Qazvin


Aria Heritage Report According to the public relations of the General Directorate of Heritage, Culture, Tourism and Handicrafts of Qazvin Province, the commemoration ceremony of “Ahmad Khalili”, the great master of Iranian coffee house painting, was attended by his family and Alireza Khazaeli, Director General of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts. Qazvin Islamic Party, Ali Sadegh Moghadasi, Director General of Alborz Broadcasting, Professor Mehdi Taleinia, one of the leading masters of painting in the country’s coffee houses and a group of researchers, authors and artists in this field was held in the Chehelston Museum Palace.

Mehdi Taleinia, referring to the artistic background and valuable works of Master Khalili, said at the ceremony on Wednesday evening, July 22, 1401: “The great may not have been seen much in the past, but today we hope that with the efforts of artists and lovers of this original art and the continuation of the path of its greats, it will come out of the dust of oblivion and be kept alive.”

The prominent professor of coffee house painting in the country continued: “Painting is a multi-dimensional coffee house and pays attention to traditional art and on the other hand to folk arts and is related to contemporary arts and media in such a way that the painter opens the curtain and gives different dimensions of art to others. is showing.”

The artist said that the coffee house painting became the owner of the association after 90 years and has a statute, adding: “The coffee house painting that is specific to Iran is not only not registered in UNESCO but is also forgotten in the country. “Training of young forces should be done so that artists in this field are not ignored.”

“My father created many paintings that started at the age of 20 and continued until the end of his life,” said Daoud Khalili, the professor’s son.

He added: “The master has created many works by accepting an order or without an order, and the painting” Savior “is one of his works, which the family agreed to move to Qazvin and be exposed to those interested in painting a coffee house.”

“Father Al-Khalili stated:” The father was always worried that the generation of coffee house painting artists would disappear, but today the third and fourth generations have been born who can continue the path of the elders. “

In the continuation of this ceremony, with the presence of the master’s family (wife and children), provincial managers and a group of artists and art lovers, a donation plaque of the late Ahmad Khalili family entitled “Savior” was unveiled in the assembly hall of Qazvin Museum. “This painting will be displayed to the public after restoration in the Qazvin City Museum.”

The ceremony, which was held in cooperation with the Arts Department and the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts of the province, was also accompanied by programs such as playing a video introducing Master Khalili, playing a coffee house painting clip, performing traditional music by Paykoban group, screen reading and ….

Professor Ahmad Khalili was born in 1322 in the neighborhood near the tomb of Imamzadeh Hussein (AS) in Qazvin. He moved to Tehran from Qazvin with his family when he was five years old, and at the age of 15 he became acquainted with the painting workshop of “Murshid Mohammad Naghash” and learned painting from him, who had a complete mastery of coffee house painting styles. In 1975, Professor Khalili worked in the painting studio of the Radio and Television Organization and then in the traditional Azeri coffee house, which was renovated by the Tehran Municipality in 1372 and managed by the Azeri brothers, he painted coffee houses and spent a few hours in this public exhibition. He participated in the biennial of the Museum of Contemporary Art in 1995 and 1997, and his works are now housed in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, the Office of Visual Arts of the Ministry of Guidance, the Niavaran Museum Palace, the Saadabad Museum Palace and the Azadi Museum. This master of painting presented his latest work in the painting workshop of the coffee house on the occasion of the anniversary of the eternal epic of the liberation of Khorramshahr. Professor Khalili passed away on July 12, 1987, at the age of 64, due to lung cancer in Tehran.

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