A very impressive collection of modern paintings have gone exhibition at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in Iran. “Modern Art Movement” has major works from many of the most important artists of the 20th century. Works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and many others are on display. The museum has a good selection of the works online to view here.
The collection has mostly been in storage for the past 25 years because of the government’s opposition to influences from the West.
The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
“The inheritors of the world’s ancient civilization, such as that of the Iranian plateau, have sometimes complained, with good reason, about the way the treasures bequeathed by these have been plundered to fill the great museums of the West. These works of art have, however, not simply been trophies, they have had a vivifying effect on the cultures to which they have been transported. The collection of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is perhaps the first which attempts to reverse this process. It makes available to a non-western public the great achievements of European and North American art, created during the recent historical period when western influence was, for both good and ill, paramount throughout the world. The works are not offered for purposes of imitation, but for their own sake, as major achievements of the human spirit, attempting to speak a universal language. The Museum acts as custodian of these works, not simply for the Iranian people, but for the whole of mankind.” Edward Lucie-Smith