Tehran museum has more than 4,000 items that include 19th and 20th century world-class Iranian, European and American paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures from almost all artistic periods and movements

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA) is to show a selection of artworks from its treasured collection to the public for three months starting from March 7.

The exhibit, comprising of a total of 60 artworks, opens today at 5 pm in the presence of visual art masters, artists and cultural officials at the museum, Honaronline reported.

On display will be 30 works by great Iranian artists Sohrab Sepehri, Mansour Ghandriz, Bahman Mohasses, Hossein Zenderoudi, Mohsen Vaziri Moghadam, Massoud Arabshahi, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Parviz Tanavoli, Farideh Lashai and Behjat Sadr among others.

Besides, there are 30 works by renowned western artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollock, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Paul Gauguin, Wassily Kandinsky, Jasper Johns and Ad Reinhardt among many more.

The highly-valuable works will now be displayed in Tehran while they were earlier planned to be showcased in Berlin and Rome; however both exhibits were canceled by the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Reza Salehi Amiri last November due to “a legal ambiguities raised by legal experts” and on the grounds that the matter needed “more investigations.”

The German government had guaranteed the maintenance and restoration of the works to assure Iran on the protection of the works and their safe return to the country. But so far, no new decision has been made by the Culture Ministry on exhibiting the artworks abroad.

Established in 1977, the Tehran museum has more than 4,000 items that include 19th and 20th century world-class Iranian, European and American paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures.

Being the biggest collection of western art in the eastern world, it includes works from almost all artistic periods and movements.

TMoCA website contains images and information on a number of the artworks in the museum’s collection, and is accessible for public viewing.

The exhibition of the treasure collection will run till late June at the museum, next to Park Laleh, North Karegar Ave. Enthusiasts can visit the exhibit from Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm and on Fridays from 3 pm to 7 pm. The museum is closed on Saturdays and official holidays.

Report on Print Works

On the occasion, ‘Print Works by Artists From Across the World at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts’ a recent book published by Contemporary Art Publications, affiliated to the TMoCA, is also to be unveiled at the exhibition opening.

The book project was funded by Lajevardi Foundation, a Tehran-based non-profit organization tasked with promotion of contemporary art and culture.

Compiled in collaboration with the TMoCA, it includes part of the museum’s treasured collection. It is a report on print works by non-Iranian artists who have contributed to the collection.

The preliminary plan of the project was proposed three years ago to the TMoCA by the foundation and is a joint project with specialists from the museum.




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