Persian Sufism showcased in art exhibition at Khaas


Maha Mussadaq April 29, 2010

ISLAMABAD: A Sufism inspired painting exhibition by an Iranian artist is being showcased at the Khaas Art Gallery till May 3.

The artist, Mohsen Keiany, held a sold-out exhibition in Karachi earlier and has now come to the capital city. The exhibition is titled Spirituality and seemed to enthrall visitors and art enthusiasts of the city. Among them was Madam Thompson, wife of the British High Commissioner. “The exhibition provides a very small key into the endless psychology of Sufi poetry,” she said. Keiany claims he is not a Sufi, but is inspired by the unique art of Sufism. His work is deeply influenced by his Persian background, with historical, religious and cultural themes featuring prominently, especially his experience in the Iran-Iraq war.

“Persian miniature philosophy is at a higher stage than others,” he said. Keiany believes his art can contribute not just to aesthetic pleasure, but also enhance understanding of diverse art traditions. He also added that Pakistan and Iran share a culture of Sufism and spirituality, “which is why viewers understood my message well,” he said. Zaheer, a visitor at the exhibition said, “Keiany’s work is very different as compared to other artists. There has been a brilliant use of symbols and calligraphy.”

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