Picasso, Van Gogh, Bacon, Warhol, Munch, Dali, Pollock... all gather in a reception hosted by Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts for the first time ever.
Tehran, 1 September 2005 - September 2005, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) is witnessing an exhibition of works by famous international artists kept in the museum's storehouse for long.
"The international collection of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art embraces the most significant artistic trends and styles of the 20th century and includes important works by most of the prominent and representative figures that emerged during this period. It leads the viewer through the history of modern art movement, exploring its roots and covering all the major schools embodied by important works of their leading artists," asserts Director of Tehran MoCA, Dr. A.R. Samiazar, in a note to the exhibition posted on the MoCA website.
Samiazar who is a favorite figure among artists and has helped revive the museum and its relations with world cultural venues during his years in office praises the exhibition and the collection as such, "This collection is widely believed to be one of the great surprises of the international museum world, as it offers a panorama of the chief developments in western painting and sculpture from the rise of Impressionism to the triumph of Minimalism. Hence, it would be justifiable to say that this is the most important collection of western art outside western world.
"Today, the cultural and artistic inheritance of the world's ancient civilization, such as Persia, is widely housed in the great museums of the west. The collection of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is perhaps the first which attempts to reverse this process. It shows the remarkable achievements of European and North American art created during the time when western influence was, for both good and ill, paramount throughout the world. The works are not offered for purposes of imitation, but to reveal the turning points of an attempt to speak a universal language by means of art.
"Finally, this valuable collection indicates the long-standing desire of Iranian people in appreciating other cultures and respecting their values. Therefore, we hope it grows parallel with new developments in contemporary art, enabling our artists to inspire and to create novel artistic ideas and vision."
In a message to the exhibition, noted on the same website, Aydin Aghdashlou, one of Iran's most prominent figures of visual arts, talks of the important role of Tehran MoCA, "Over the years, the Tehran MoCA's focus has been on presenting New Art and providing suitable grounds for development of an art form with a universal language. I, as an art critic, appreciate the broad scope of activities undertaken by the Museum as well as the skill with which it tackles administrative obstacles. In a modern world, the link between different cultures and the exchange of their cultural achievements is of utmost importance. In the current Post-Modern world, museums of this kind play a significant role and can be a determining factor in creating a living culture full of subtle nuances.
"The Tehran Museums of contemporary Art has gone a long way in this direction and I hope it will provide a bridge linking us to the whole world, and therefore contributing to global understanding and harmony."
Another note by one of the world's key art historians, Edward Lucie-Smith, for the event, reads, "The non-Iranian section of the collection of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is surely one of the great surprises of the international museum world. Running from the 1870s to the end of the 1980s, it offers a panorama of the chief developments in Western painting and sculpture from the rise of Impressionism to the triumph of Minimalism. The most important art movements are illustrated with a series of masterpieces that any museum in the world might envy. This is clearly the most important collection of the art of this period outside of Western Europe and North America."
"The Museum acts as custodian of these works, not simply for the Iranian people, but for the whole of mankind," Lucie-Smith believes.
The collection is surely a unique one that is going to awe not only Iranians but also foreigners who happen to be in Tehran at the time of the exhibition. Displaying some 150 masterpieces, the show is planned to run for 50 days starting on 29th of August.
Claude Monet, Carmille Pissaro, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent Vin Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Edgar Degas, Henry Matisse, Marc Chagall, Salvator Dali, ... the list of invitees to Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts is long enough to make the event one worthy of international praise.
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