Although the outbreak of corona disease and the closure of many public activities, like other sections of society, had a profound effect on this area, over time and learning how to work and live with the coronation, artistic activities resumed.
The year 99 started with quarantine and housekeeping, and this issue caused the presence of more and more people in social media.
The increase in people's interest in communication networks caused these programs to be noticed by artists and art institutions as well, and it became a place for displaying works of art or dialogue between artists.
A number of galleries in Tehran and other cities in Iran used the Instagram space and presented artists 'dialogue sessions with the audience and a virtual exhibition to enable the sale of artists' works.
This practice was followed to the point that a number of artists exhibited their new works on the galleries' site, thus taking virtual exhibitions a more serious approach.
In the first half of the year, no large-scale art events were held in person.
-This year, the Youth Visual Arts Festival held its 27th edition online from September 14 to 17 due to the corona outbreak.
-The 11th biennial of ceramics was held at the Cultural Center with the display of 94 works by 87 artists from November 31 to December 20. The closing ceremony of this biennial ended with the introduction of the winners.
- The eighth biennial of sculpture in Tehran was held from December 15 to February 31 with the display of more than 90 works in Vahdat Hall and Rudaki Square. The biennial, with an interdisciplinary and intermediate approach, allowed artists to present their work in a variety of media, regardless of common sculpture definitions.
-The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, after a 32-month break for renovation, was reopened on February 29 with two exhibitions of "conceptual photographs" of foreign works in the museum's treasury and the exhibition "Armaghan" with a number of works donated by Manijeh Mir Emadi. A collection of 705 valuable works from the private collection of Manizheh Mir Emadi was donated to the Museum of Contemporary Art by Dr. Jamshid Naseri.
- The 13th Fajr Visual Arts Festival was held from February 6 to 7 at the Saba Cultural and Artistic Institute. In the Golden Touba section of the festival, which is a major competition among artists across the country, 870 works by 620 artists were displayed. Also, the section on hand printing or Eid making was held for the first time in this festival. Another section that was seen for the first time at the Fajr Festival of Visual Arts this year was called "World Stars of Iranian Art".This section was dedicated to works that participated in art events outside of Iran during 2019 and 2020 and won awards. In this section, 167 works by 67 artists were displayed.
The closing ceremony of the 13th Fajr Visual Arts Festival was held on March 28 at Vahdat Hall.
Registration of works of art inside and outside the country
In July, the name of Gholam Hossein Amirkhani was registered in the national list of "rare intangible cultural heritage" entitled "Master Gholam Hossein Amirkhani; a living human treasure in the Nastaliq script".
In August, 6 sculptures in Tehran were nationally registered, of which 5 belong to Abolhassan Sedighi and one to Master Gholamreza Rahimzadeh Arjang.
On November 18th, at the meeting of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts, 17 works from the world collection of Golestan Palace were nationally registered
Also, five unique works by Mirza Baba, one of the famous sculptors of the Qajar period, were nationally registered.
Also, 16 paintings by Mr. Lotfali Sooratgar, a painter named 13th century, were registered in the list of national works of Iran.
On December 17th, at the 15th meeting of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage, the case of miniature art, which was jointly submitted to UNESCO by Iran with Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan, was examined and registered worldwide.
In January, the names of contemporary Iranian painters Mahmoud Farshchian, Majid Mehregan, Ardeshir Mojarad Takestani, Mohammad Baqer Aghamiri, and Mahin Afshanpour were included in the UNESCO "Living Treasure of Humanity".
The "Nastaliq " line was registered as the first Iranian line in the March 2017 meeting of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts as an intangible national heritage.