Dastan (est. 2012 by Hormoz Hematian, Tehran) started as Dastan’s Basement and dedicated itself to representing the new generation of Iranian artists. From the outset, Dastan found considerable potential in contemporary Iranian art and used its growing reach to provide young artists with opportunities to do a wide range of experiments. In 2015, Dastan+2 opened as a standard exhibition space hosting shows of established Iranian twentieth-century and contemporary art. Since its early stages, in order to constantly develop new potentials, Dastan has availed itself of other sites – labeled as Dastan:Outside – where it has organized innovative art exhibitions. These venues include Sam Art, Shirin Confectionary, V-Gallery, Electric Room and Manouchehri House’s Gallery (Kashan).