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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Unique Architecture: Houshang Seyhoun {Half a century of artistic activities in the world of art and architecture}

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{Half a century of artistic activities in the world of art and architecture}
"Seyhoun received his education at the College of Fine Arts at the University of Tehran, where he later served as a Professor Of Architectural Design and Measurement. Shortly after graduation, his graduation project won the first prize in an art show in Tehran. In the years following the Second World War, Seyhoun won several additional contests and prizes for his architectural designs, including a monument at Teheran's central railway station and a commemorative monument and mausoleum of the great Iranian philosopher and physician, Avicenna, in Hamedan.

"In his designs, stone, brick, concrete and steel were used in such innovative and varied ways that they remain architectural and design models to the present day. Geometrical pure forms, such as squares, circles and equilateral triangles, are used logically and extensively throughout his works, always bearing in mind beauty and proportion. During the next twenty years Seyhoun designed mausoleums for Omar Khayam, Nader Shah, and Ferdowsi, as well as completing the main complex of the Majlis, and numerous other buildings in Teheran.

"In 1962 Seyhoun was appointed Dean of the School of Fine Arts and Architecture at Teheran University and immediately undertook a major restructuring of the College. He introduced new academic fields such as musicology, urban planning and dramatic arts.

"Over the years there have been many exhibits of Seyhoun's work, both at home and abroad. A 1968 exhibit in Teheran featured a new style of abstract drawing with pen and ink. In 1972 his work was part of the large group exhibition in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, which included the works of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso.

"In the 1970's, Seyhoun rediscovered the traditional Iranian art form of felting. Seyhoun traveled to Semnan to learn the art. Seyhoun's felting designs have added a unique dimension to a traditional Iranian folk art that was nearly lost.

"On February 2, 1980, Seyhoun left Tehran for Paris at the invitation of the French government. The previous year the Mayor of Nice had invited forty artists from around the world, including Seyhoun, to participate in the opening of the city's newest museum, the "Hors du Temps". In 1981, the museum was officially opened, and one of Seyhoun's works was hung as part of the permanent exhibition. He was also given honorary citizenship. A year later, he immigrated to Canada where he now resides permanently and continues his artistic endeavors. In 1989 he was honored by the City of Los Angeles for an exhibition of his work at the University of Southern California."

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