|CELJE, THE GALLERY OF CHILDREN'S ART WORKS|
Exhibition of art works of an Iranian illustrator and painter Nazanin Aygani from Teheran
On Tuesday, September 30th 2008, The Gallery of Young People’s Art Works Celje opened a very interesting exhibition of art works of an Iranian illustrator and painter Nazanin Aygani from Teheran. She came to Europe and Slovenia on the invitation of Mihailo Lišanin, founder and leader of international competition for young people, on which two years ago received an award, a versatile talent (alongside awards which she receives on international competitions she practices flute and ballet), 6 years old Mahta Esmail Pour Bazzaz from Teheran who’s art mentor was exactly Nazanin Aygani. Mahta’s parents did, after return in Iran, excited as many other awardees about hospitality and natural beauty of Slovenia, invite their host from Celje to Iran. At the same time the diplomatic agent in The Embassy of Republic of Slovenia in Teheran, Mr. Matjaž Puc was preparing a reception for all of those awardees who didn’t have a chance to come to Slovenia and gave them their diplomas. Among the invited people was also Nazanin Aygani. After seeing her art works, illustrations and published books Mr. Puc and I agreed that we invite her to Celje. To my sorrow Matjaž wasn’t live to see this exhibition. Along arranged exhibitions in Paris and Cologne the Institution for Creative Development of Young People, under which are also a magazine The World of Art, the Gallery and International competition, provided her two month’s visa for Europe. She filled up two weeks of living in Slovenia with activities provided to her by the Institution for Creative Development of Young People. Among others she visited an international festival Pippi Longstocking in a company of Lila Prap, kindergarten Šmarje pri Jelšah and Danijelov levček in Celje, dance forum of Goga Stefanovič, artistic quarter of Celje (where she made contact with many artists from Celje), museums, modern gallery, dance practice of folklore group of Celje and in between she visited Prague and Vienna for three days. Nazanin Aygani has begun, with her independent exhibition of illustrations and paintings in The Gallery of Young People’s Art Works, her first series of exhibitions around Europe with continuation in Paris and Cologne. At the same time, with the visit of art institutions, schools and kindergartens in Slovenia, she gain new knowledge which will help her to continue her work. Nazanin Aygani is an illustrator, painter and pedagogue from a new generation of artist from Iran and which’s part is not just to express themselves trough art so that Iranian people could understand them but also to let know to the rest of the world, trough their art works, about the life and life habits in Iran. These are the artists of high intellectual level and heart warmth on which’s shoulders rests the future of art of this great country. Messages which are coming out of these art works are understandable to everybody. At the exhibition of the Serbian painting on paper at the end of XX century, which was first such exhibition in Slovenia after collapse of Yugoslavia (before it was a closed country), is Nazanin Aygani firs Iranian painter which lives in Iran and has an exhibition in Slovenia. Her arrival in Europe, as arrival of many other artists from other continents in Slovenia, has its roots in arrival of awardees of international competition for the authors up to the age of 20 in Celje where they received their diplomas. Important about this is that international competition was always the first contact in all of this cooperations. In continuation this brings always a lot of new contacts and cooperations between Slovenian and foreign art institutions or schools around the world.