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A New Museum In Tehran: Home Of Modern Art

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

Tehran is full of activities, despite the terrible pollution and of course the dreadful, horrendous and never ceasing to amaze traffic. Yet, there are many good events happening in middle of all this mess.

Couple of nights ago I was lucky enough to be one of the guests at the opening of Tehran's latest and probably largest private modern art museum-gallery called Maan-e Honnare Nou (Home of Modern Art). The museum belongs to Mr. Reza Motamedie who is an architect himself and also heads a big publicity and Advertising company. There is a beautiful caricature of him here for you to see.

Throughout the several floors of this huge place consisting of several buildings we saw the works of at least sixty Iranian artists in different fields of modern art. There were the works of photographers, sculptors, graphic artists, painters, architects, and to make it even more interesting an archive of most important and historical Iranian films as well as a great collection of documentaries of Iranian Architecture films.

Each building belongs to a different art form: Photography and Film, Architecture, Graphics and Painting, Industrial Design; and there is also a building for 'Mental Rest' which is actually a very nice coffee shop. On the top floor of the first building, there is a large, spacious gallery with high ceilings, which is well-lit, unlike parts of the lower floors. Presently, the works of the famous Iranian graphic artist Mr. Touyserkani. I am quite familiar with the works of Mr. Touyserkani as I met him many years ago at Sanate Hamlou-Naghl magazine office where he first worked and started to amaze so many with his great talent.

Unfortunately there were not any captions to any of the works yet, which I was told they hope to address soon. This goes also for their web site. There were no leaflets at all either, but the atmosphere and the buzz that was at large in all the attached buildings and open spaces made some compensation for that.

I was informed that the theme of the practical works for the museum is that they should be applicable and have a function in our daily lives. This was quite evident in the lower floors with 1960's furniture and household goods. The curators hope that people will see that everything in their lives can be beautiful, even for example their salt-jar.

There are 15 part-time staff; the owner as mentioned above is Mr. Motamedie, and he works with Ms Afsaneh Nikpour (a graphic artist and sculptor) and Ms. Afrouz Nasser-Shariff who is a historical art restorer.

The museum is open on the first five days of each new gallery show and here is the address:
Tehran, Shariatie Ave., Shahid Yazdan-Pour (formerly known as Sohaill) No 31. Their telephone number is 2201984. I am sure many of you would be impressed if you did find the time to go there when in Tehran.

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