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A short history of children's posters in Iran

by Amrollah Farhadi
Even though a history or even a codified short history of Modern Graphic Design in Iran has not been collected and documented so far, but clearly among the documents available and the remaining work scattered between the archives of individuals and organizations, a few influential and decisive events in the history of modern graphic design in Iran can be pointed out.

One of these events is the formation of The Children & Adolescents Intelligence Development Center which was founded in 1964 with the aim of creating opportunities for the expansion of the culture of reading and producing suitable books for Iranian children and adolescents. With the presence and cooperation of Iranian artists and intellectuals this center has been further expanded each day.

The Graphic Design Center of this organization also began work from approximately the same time. With the presence of artists such as : Farshid Mesghali, Abbas Kiarostami, Nooreddin Zarrinkelk, Morteza Momayez, Ebrahim Haghighi, Ali Akbar Sadeghi , and… it can firmly be said that the work created amongst them is a brilliant and lasting legacy for art history and graphic design in Iran.

Within a two years span Azin Farmandi, a graduate from Shariati University in Tehran, was able to gather over 400 posters of this organization. She completed her thesis entitled An Exploration of The Children & Adolescents Intelligence Development Center Posters along with eleven interviews with some of the most influential Graphic Designers of this center. This is considered to be the first reliable written document available.

Currently The Vije School of Visual Communications (VSVC) known as The First Graphic Design & Communications Private School in Iran will be exhibiting over 50 of the collected posters, selected by Ebrahim Haghighi, at the Vije Gallery for the first time starting from October 1st, 2010.

This collection is a selection from the work of:

Morteza Momayez, Nooreddin Zarrinkelk, Abbas Kiarostami, Farshid Mesghali, Ali Akbar Sadeghi, Ebrahim Haghighi, Mustafa Owji, Amir Naderi, Parviz Naderi, Bahram Khaef, Mohammad Reza Adnani, Parviz Mahallati, Mohammad Reza Dadgar, Behzad Gharib Pour, Abolfazl Hemmati Ahooe , Behrad Amin Salmasi, Mahshid Mohajer, Maryam Rahmati Evini Soodabeh Agah, Hushang Mohammadian, Ahmad Asbaghi, Shapur Hatami, Kourosh Parsa Nejad and Maryam Khonsary.

The Garteh Weekly Analytical-Research Magazine, also in cooperation with this event, has initiated a project entitled The Children & Adolescents Intelligence Development Center which deals with the study and analysis of the performance of this organization beginning from its launch.

This exhibition is the first in a series of events to be held at The Vije School of Visual Communications (VSVC) as a commemoration to 5 years of study, planning and training which comes to an end in March 2011.

This web exhibition accompanies a recent poster exhibition at the Vije Gallery in Tehran. Text and pictures were kindly provided by Amrollah Farhadi. 

  Exhibition poster by Koorosh Parsanejad

 1972, Farshid Mesghali 

 1973, Mohammad Reza Adnani 

1973, Farshid Mesghali 

1973, Farshid Mesghali 

  1973, Mohammad Reza Dadgar 

  1973, Morteza Momayez 

 1973, Ali Akbar Sadeghi 

 1973, Parviz Naderi 

 1974, Farshid Mesghali 

 1974, Abbas Kiarostami 

 1974, Mustafa Owji 

 1974, Abbas Kiarostami 

 1974, Ahmad Asbaghi 

 1974, Ali Akbar Sadeghi 

1974, Amir Naderi 

1974, Ebrahim Haghighi 

 1974, Farshid Mesghali  
1975, Farshid Mesghali 

1975, Ebrahim Haghighi 

1975, Hushang Mohammadian 

1975, Bahram Khaef 

  1975, Ebrahim Haghighi 

1975, Farshid Mesghali 

  1976, Bahram Khaef 

1976, Mohammad Reza Dadgar

1976, Abbas Kiarostami 

  1977, Mohammad Reza Dadgar

1977, Soodabeh Agah 

  1977, Ali Akbar Sadeghi 

1977, Hushang Mohammadian 

1979, Behzad Gharib pour 

1980, Abolfazl Hemmati Ahooe 

1980, Mustafa Owji 

 1981, Nooreddin Zarrin Kelk 

1985, Mohammad Reza Dadgar 

1986, Morteza Momayez 

  1988, Nooreddin Zarrin Kelk 

 1988, Ebrahim Haghighi 

1988, Parviz Mahallati

1993, Abolfazl Hemmati Ahooe 

1996, Abolfazl Hemmati Ahooe 

 1998, Behrad Amin Salmasi 

 2000, Maryam Khansari 

 2002, Maryam Rahmati Evini

2003, Parviz Mahallati 

2004, Behzad Gharib pour 

2007, Abolfazl Hemmati Ahooe

2007, Behzad Gharib pour 

 2007, Behzad Gharib pour 

 2008, Azin Farmandi 

 2008, Mahshid Mohajer 

2008, Shapur Hatami 

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