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The Fighting Cock Society (Persian: انجمن هنری خروس جنگی) was an Iranian progressive body devoted to the promotion of modern arts, including painting, drama, music, poetry and literature, established in 1949 by Jalil Ziapour alongside other avant-garde poets and artists. Other founding members of the Association were Gholamhossein Gharib Gorgani (literature), Hassan Shirvani (theater) and Morteza Hannaneh (music).[1] The society published a magazine with the same title. The headquarters of the society was Ziapour's studio on Takht-e-Jamshid Street. He declared the society's purpose to be "a fight against the unrealistic traditionalism of the time" and chose a verse by Farrukhi Sistani as the motto of the society:[2] "The story of Alexander is old and turned into a myth/ Bring a new word, for there is another sweetness to the new".

This was the first Surrealist society in Iran.[3]


  1. ^ Keshmirshekan, Hamid (2013). Contemporary Iranian Art. Saqi Books. ISBN 9780863567216.
  2. ^ صابر تهرانی، شهین. مجموعه سخنرانیهای هنری - تحقیقی زنده یاد استاد جلیل ضیاءپور. تهران: انتشارات اسلیمی، ۱۳۸۲.
  3. ^ صد سال داستان‌نویسی ایران ص. ۱۹۲ - ۱۹۷