Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
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Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is a museum in the center of Tehran and is located in Laleh Park. It is the most important contemporary art museum in Iran and also houses the largest collection of contemporary art outside of Europe and the United States. The museum was designed by the architect Kamran Diba in the mid-1970s and opened in 1977 in an area of more than 7,000 m². The architecture of the spacious building combines traditional building elements from the desert regions of Iran such as wind towers (badgir) with modern architectural elements.
Five visual art exhibitions are organized each year in the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. Works by important artists of the 19th and 20th centuries such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, George Grosz, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper and Iranian artists such as Kamal-ol-Molk can be seen and contemporary artists such as Jazeh Tabatabai, Sohrab Sepehri, Nasser Ovissi, Abolghasem Saidi and many others. In 2014 it was announced that the museum plans to exhibit many of its works of art in Europe. In the museum are also preserved works of contemporary Iranian artists such as Aydin Aghdashloo, Parviz Tanavoli, Bahman Mohassess, Ahmad Esfandiari, and others.
The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, after a 30-month renovation, opened on February 2021. A public visit to this museum will be possible with an appointment and a ticket.
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art’s sections:
The museum consists of several galleries, administration buildings, a library, a movie hall, a cafeteria and archives. The building is surrounded by a sculpture garden with works by famous artists such as Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, and Parviz Tanavoli – including:
- Estela a Pablo Neruda (1974) von Eduardo Chillida
- rhythmus im raum (1947–48), roter Granit, von Max Bill
- Der Steinbock (Capricorn) von Max Ernst
- Mann und Frau von Alberto Giacometti
- Pferd und Reiter von Marino Marini
- Der Therapeut von René Magritte
- No. 2 (1954) von Mark Rothko