World-famous French museum Musée du Louvre is planning to mount an exhibition of contemporary arts and cinematic works by Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami.
The Louvre Museum is programmed to host a selection of works in cinema, literature and contemporary arts created by three veteran international artists from Islamic countries.
Nobel Prize-winning Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk and Lebanese artist Walid Raad are the other artists invited to collaborate in this project.
According to the museum website, the museum's festival of contemporary Islamic arts titled Cartes Blaches is to provide an opportunity for visitors to review Islamic arts and culture.
The festival will present screening programs of several films by Kiarostami as well as discussion panels running for several days in October and December.
As a filmmaker, painter, designer and photographer, Kiarostami has received many prestigious international awards, including the 1997 Cannes Golden Palm award and the 2008 Glory to the Filmmaker award of the Venice Film Festival.
He has also held a photo exhibition at Beijing's Imperial City Art Museum.
Kiarostami has staged Mozart's comic opera buffa, Cosi Fan Tutte at London's Coliseum Theater and the 2008 Festival of Lyric Art in Aix-en-provence in France.
The festival will be part of the museum's greater program which is scheduled to open its new wing and galleries dedicated to the arts of Islam on September 22, 2012.
The new wing will showcase more than 18,000 artworks from the Arab world and Europe, some of which will be displayed for the first time.
"The whole structure seems to be floating in mid-air," said Mario Bellini, the Italian architect responsible for the glass-roofed wing for Islamic arts.
Designers of the structure say they aimed at creating a "gentle and non-violent integration" of an architectural design within a place of historic importance.
Cartes Blaches Festival is set to kick off on September 21, 2012 and will run until spring 2013.