Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Masterpieces of Persian Painting at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

Currently on view at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is the exhibition "Masterpieces of Persian Painting". In Saturday's International Herald Tribune, Souren Melikian reviewed the show, prompting Charles T. Downey's dreams of visiting Tehran one day. Tyler Green has also been caught in the exhibition's spell. Most importantly, even viewed on-line, the works are gorgeous. In lieu of a published catalog, a significant number of the works in the exhibition are accessible via the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art's website:

"Masterpieces of Persian Painting"

The Flower and the Bird
"The Flower and the Bird"
Mohammad Yusof
Indian Moraqqa’
First half of 17th century
Golestan Palace

While researching some of the artists in the exhibition I came across an article on contemporary art in Iran which provides a nice introduction to a culture that is sadly undervalued in the West.

The Echo of the Word, 1990
Mohammad Ehsai (Iranian, born 1939)
The Echo of the Word
160 x 310 cm oil on canvas 1990
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art


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