Louvre Exhibition in Tehran is now held at National Museum of Iran. French foreign minister, Yves Le Drian opened the event, considered as the first large-scale exhibition by a major western museum inside Iran.
The exhibition is consisted of some 50 artworks, from Turkey, Iraq, Egypt, France, and Germany, including an Egyptian sphinx, a bust of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, two Iranian ancient artifacts from Chogha Zanbil and Lorestan, along with drawings by western artists including Rembrandt and Delacroix. The works date back from 7k years up to 19th century, from western Asia to central and southern Europe.
“Relations between France and Iran are old and profound because France was a pioneer of archaeological exploration”, stated Jean-Luc Martinez, the Louvre’s director.
National Museum’s Dean, Jebrael Nokandeh says “Such shows reinforces the museums, help make people notice foreigner cultures and history; since higher cultural recognition lowers prejudice and empowers the Dialogue among Civilizations.”
Gilgamesh International highly recommends the show. Coinciding National Museum’s 80th anniversary, the exhibition opened on March 6th, 2018, lasting for 3 months.