TEHRAN — Iran’s Documentary, Experimental and Animation Film Center (DEAFC) has produced a documentary that chronicles Austrian architect Hans Hollein’s travels to Iran in the 1970s.
The documentary titled “Hollein in Iran” was directed by Hadi Afarideh, the DEAFC announced on Saturday.
He traveled to Iran at the invitation of the Glassware and Ceramics Museum of Iran, also known as the Abgineh Museum, to design display cases for the museum.
“While in Iran, Hollein traveled across Iran and was fascinated by the grandeur of ancient Persian and Islamic architecture,” Afarideh previously said.
“This documentary chronicles Hollein’s travels through Iran and his love of Iranian architecture, and his contributions to the interior design of the Abgineh Museum,” he added.
Filming began on location in Tehran in August 2021 and continued in Yazd and Shiraz.
While researching the documentary, Afarideh found incredible, never-before-seen documents and more than 2,000 slides depicting Hollein from his arrival in Iran to his efforts to design the museum.
“These slides and handouts, which seem to be very appealing to viewers, form the basis of the ‘Hollein in Iran’ storyline,” Afarideh said.
Orod Atapur, director of the documentary “In Shams’ Sun” about the personal life of Iranian mystic and poetess Molana Jalal al-Din Rumi as well as her philosophical and mystical thoughts, directed the narration of “Hollein in Iran”.
Hollein graduated in 1956 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where he studied in the master class of Clemens Holzmeister.
In 1959, he attended the Illinois Institute of Technology and then, in 1960, the University of California at Berkeley, where he obtained his master’s degree in architecture.
In 1985 he won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, an international architectural prize awarded annually “to honor a living architect or architects whose constructed work demonstrates a combination of these qualities of talent, vision and commitment. “.
His works include Haas-Haus and Soravia-Wing at the Albertina in Vienna, as well as Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt and Abteiberg Museum in Mönchengladbach.
Hollein died in 2014 in Vienna, after a long illness, at the age of 80.
Pictured: A file photo taken March 20, 2009 shows Hans Hollein in his office in Vienna, Austria. (EPA/Roland Schlager)