Masterpieces on Display at Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Sunday, November 29, 2015


Many of the world’s most expensive and rarely seen pieces of modern art, including works by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock are on display in an exhibition in Tehran.



The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, with a modern and contemporary art collection estimated to be worth more than $3 billion (U.S.), put many of those works on display for the first time in decades last week.



Among the most notable works now on display is Jackson Pollock’s Mural on Indian Red Ground, which was valued at $250 million by Christie’s five years ago, Andy Warhol’s 1963 acrylic Suicide, and Francis Bacon's Reclining Man with Sculpture.


Mural on Indian Red Ground, 1950: Jackson Pollock 


Sorrowing Old Man ('At Eternity's Gate'): Vincent van Gogh


Some of the 42 western paintings in the display have not left the underground vaults since 1979, but the exhibition will now see Iranian and western paintings hung opposite each other on white and grey walls.


Baboon and Young, Vallauris, October 1951 (cast 1955), bronze sculpture: Pablo Picasso


At a preview of the new exhibition, Iran's Culture Minister Ali Jannati said he hoped the displays would be part of Iran’s increasing openness to the outside world. He told AFP news agency: “This is a first step and we hope to have more mutual cooperation to showcase outstanding Iranian artists as well as displaying more works from our foreign art collection."


Suicide (Purple Jumping Man), 1965: Andy Warhol


Art Works: Alberto Giacometti


The collection at Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art, with an estimated worth of $3 billion, contains many other pieces dating from the late 19th to the mid-20th century, including 30 Picassos, a dozen Jasper Joneses, and at least 15 Andy Warhols.


Reclining Man with Sculpture, 1961: Francis Bacon


Sienna Orange and Black on Dark Brown: Mark Rothko 


Signs of willingness to display American and European art appeared in Tehran earlier this year, when billboards were covered with versions of paintings such as Matisse's Blue Window and Mvnch's Scream as part of a drive by the city mayor to encourage visitors to the city.


Girl With Lovelock": Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec


The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Persian‎‎, is an art museum in Tehran, Iran.



The museum was designed by Iranian architect Kamran Diba, who employed elements from traditional Persian architecture. It was built adjacent to Laleh Park, Tehran, and was inaugurated in 1977. The building itself can be regarded as an example of contemporary art. Most of the museum area is located underground.



It is considered to have the most valuable collection of Western modern art outside Europe and the United States. It is said that there is approximately £2.5 billion worth of modern art held at the museum. The museum hosts a revolving programme of exhibitions and occasionally organises exhibitions by local artists.

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