Artworks Rediscovered in Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art's Vault in 2019 Exhibition

Andy Warhol's Mao Zedong series of portraits in the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art vault.
Andy Warhol's Mao Zedong series of portraits in the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art vault.

A trove of artworks hidden away in Iran's Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art will finally be on display next year. A planned exhibition of the long unseen works was scrapped for Berlin last year, and selections are now scheduled to show in Tehran.

Modern American and European masterworks, and more, will form the exhibition "Portrait, Still-life, Landscape" (21 February-20 April 2019), organized by the Dutch architect and curator Mattijs Visser, with highlights from the collection. Visser told The Art Newspaper there have been recent surprises in his cataloging of the museum collection, among them, some forgotten Picassos.

The former shah of Iran collected major works by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Francis Bacon, before the Islamic revolution of 1979 forced the art into storage.

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