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“Parviz Tanavoli and the Lions of Iran” Exhibition with the collaboration of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF)
“Parviz Tanavoli and the Lions of Iran” Exhibition with the collaboration of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF)

“Parviz Tanavoli and the Lions of Iran” Exhibition opens on 2 July 2017 with the collaboration of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF) in Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. PWHF will be receiving visitors and its everlasting supporters in Gallery 8 of the Museum from Monday 3 July 2017.
This artistic and cultural exhibition is about the importance and antiquity of the presence of the Persian lion in Iran’s culture and art from Parviz Tanavoli’s point of view. In this exhibition he showcases his artwork based on the Persian lion and a number of artwork from his own and other lions collections.
PWHF will be present in Gallery 8 of the Museum and will give an expert viewpoint on the extinction of the Persian lion and the Caspian tiger, and will emphasize on the necessity of conserving the two remaining big cats of Iran, the Persian leopard and the Asiatic cheetah.
The Persian lion has ruled Iran’s habitats for millennia and has become a symbol of culture, patriotism and religion in Iran. The last live lion was seen in Iran in 1942 close to Dezful, Khuzestan Province. Habitat destruction and illegal hunting caused the irreversible extinction of this magnificent species.
Parviz Tanavoli donated 5 of his artworks to PWHF in 2013 in support of Iran’s wildlife, and hence commenced his activities for wildlife conservation. This gallery is designed as a continuum to the collaborations between Parviz Tanavoli and PWHF; it gives an outlook on extinction and raises awareness on the importance of conservation.