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Art market

Tehran's art fair opens despite sanctions and growing tensions with US

Second edition of Teer Art Fair aims to foster domestic Iranian art scene at a time when international sales increasingly difficult for the country's galleries

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Politics

Art world condemns Iran’s ten-year prison sentence for British Council employee Aras Amiri

Curator could be used as a bargaining chip, along with Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

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Venice Biennale 2019

Iranian works will abound at the Venice Biennale despite US sanctions

Complications around shipping and insurance have not stopped artists and curators from the country to make their presence felt at this year's edition

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Obituaries

Tributes to Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, giant of contemporary Iranian art

Curators and artists, including Shirin Neshat, remember the artist who called her geometric mirror works “signs of light and life”

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Restoration

Queen Victoria and Fath-Ali Shah portraits, torn apart in 2011 British Embassy attack, to go back on show in Tehran

Restored paintings will form part of a new display of 66 works, including several Persian pieces bought by the UK's Government Art Collection after the attack

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Iran

Works by Iranian artist held at UK border, postponing exhibition

Bita Vakilli's work was withheld for a week by government officials

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Looting

President Rouhani personally takes looted ancient relief back from New York to Tehran

Piece depicting a Persian soldier was seized last year at Tefaf New York

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Obituaries

Shirin Aliabadi, known for depicting rebellious Iranian women, has died

Artist photographed women breaking free of state-imposed rules

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Exhibitions

In a troubled Iranian era, art defied darkness

A show at Toronto's Aga Khan Museum zeroes in on creativity in the Qajar Dynasty

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Law

Parviz Tanavoli banned from leaving Iran over legal dispute with former gallery owner

Maryam Goudarzi claims that the artist should return six 1972 sculptures worth $6m to her, but Tanavoli says they were swapped legally for five newer works

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Works by Picasso among objects rediscovered in Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art's collection

Preparation for 2019 exhibition and the building's renovation has led to the discovery of previously undocumented art works

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Conservation & Preservation

A 19th-century bikini from Iran goes on show in the UK in time for the summer

The garment was conserved for the Holburne Museum's exhibition of objects collected by the “intrepid” traveller Ellen Tanner

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Law

Iranian gallerists released on bail after two years in Tehran prison

Karan Vafadari and Afarin Neyssari paid a bail of around $10m according to sources but still await appeal request

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Art market

Iran’s art market defies expectations in face of US sanctions with new fair

In a first for Iran, the Teer Art fair is set to open in June amid a growing but fragile market environment

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Frieze New York

On the road, from Iraq to Germany

The Iraqi-Kurdish artist Hiwa K on migration and contemporary politics

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Exhibitions

Los Angeles County Museum of Art hopes to ‘change American perceptions of Iran’ with new show

Artists based in Iran were absent at the opening of exhibition of historical and contemporary Iranian art this week due to Trump's travel ban

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Politics

Trump’s travel ban: artists and museums speak out against third iteration

US Supreme Court called on to consider potential harm to arts organisations and the American public

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Against the odds, Louvre exhibition opens in Tehran in historic deal

French museum became first cultural institution to secure ties with Islamic regime after sanctions lifted in 2016

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Law

Terror victims cannot seize Iranian antiquities, US Supreme Court rules

A 2008 amendment to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act does not open a foreign nation's assets to claimants, the justices unanimously decided

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Exhibitions

Louvre blockbuster show heads to Iran in major move of cultural diplomacy

Exhibition of 50 Greek, Roman and Persian artefacts is "first large-scale exhibition by a major Western museum in Iran"

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Politics

Iran's presidential election casts shadow over show organised by country's leading artist

Artist Parviz Tanavoli hopes Lions of Iran exhibition will still go ahead in Tehran—and travel abroad