Iran's Ancient Persian art on display in Aquileia

(AGI) Aquileia, July 5 - Aquileia is hosting the first Iranian art exhibition in...

(AGI) Aquileia, July 5 - Aquileia is hosting the first Iranian art exhibition in the world after the signing of the nuclear agreement with Iran. The Italian city's National Archaeological Museum is holding the "Lions and Bulls from Ancient Persia to Aquileia" exhibition, continuing the 'Wounded Archaelogy' (Archeologia Ferita) series, in which the city had already been the stage for "The Bardo in Aquiliea" exhibition, dedicated to the Tunisian museum struck by terrorism in March 2015. This time, the attention is turned to Achaemeneid and Sassanid art, with a display of 29 pieces made of gold, silver, bronze, terracotta, and stone - many of which have never left Iran - on loan from the National Archaeological Museum in Tehran. The exhibition is of international standing and aspires to support renewed dialogue and interest towards Iran, a great partner in terms of culture, power, politics, and economics, with whom Italy has never interrupted relations, even in the more difficult years. The exhibition was organised by the Aquileia Foundation, the Friuli Venezia Giulia Museum Hub (Polo Museale), and the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization in collaboration with the Bracco Foundation and numerous other sponsors. The exhibition has a catalogue in Italian, English, and Farsi, which open with a preface by the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Dario Franceschini; the president of the autonomous region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Debora Serracchiani; the president of the Aquileia Foundation, Ambassador Antonio Zanardi Landi; and Iran's Vice President, Masoud Soltanifar. As was highlighted by Mr Franceschini and Ms Serracchiani, with the series of exhibitions that began last year and is destined to continue with initiatives of equal and current interest, Aquileia and the Aquileia Foundation are developing a vocation to conduct "cultural policy" operations towards countries that are of particular interest for Italy. A warm message was sent by Italy's President, Sergio Mattarella, who noted that: "Culture is the terrain on which in recent years we've been called to face the most arduous and challenging battle: the battle to avoid misunderstandings that seem to have managed to become compounded, to rediscover the arguments for dialogue, tolerance, and standing together in Europe and with countries with which we have had - and wish to continue having - rich, comprehensive, and positive relations". (AGI).