Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

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Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
موزه هنرهای معاصر تهران
Contemporary arts tehran.jpg
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is located in Tehran
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
Location within Tehran
Established 1977
Location Laleh Park
Coordinates 35°42′40″N 51°23′25″E / 35.7112°N 51.3904°E / 35.7112; 51.3904Coordinates: 35°42′40″N 51°23′25″E / 35.7112°N 51.3904°E / 35.7112; 51.3904
Type Art Museum
Director Ehsan Aghaei
Website www.tehranmoca.com

The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Persian: موزه هنرهای معاصر تهران‎‎, is an art museum in Tehran, Iran.

The museum was designed by Iranian architect Kamran Diba, who employed elements from traditional Persian architecture. It was built adjacent to Laleh Park, Tehran, and was inaugurated in 1977. The building itself can be regarded as an example of contemporary art. Most of the museum area is located underground.

Garden of Sculptures, near the museum

It is considered to have the most valuable collection of Western modern art outside Europe and the United States, a collection largely assembled by founding curators David Galloway and Donna Stein under the patronage of Farah Pahlavi.[1][2] It is said that there is approximately £2.5 billion worth of modern art held at the museum.[3] The museum hosts a revolving programme of exhibitions and occasionally organises exhibitions by local artists.

Artists represented[edit]

At Eternity's Gate by Vincent van Gogh, lithograph, 1882, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dehghan, Saeed Kamali. “Former queen of Iran on assembling Tehran's art collection.” The Guardian. 1 August 2012: Print.
  2. ^ Iran Keeps Picassos in basement. LA Times. Kim Murphy. 19 September 2007.
  3. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/oct/29/artnews.iran
  4. ^ a b "At Eternity's Gate", vggallery.com. Last Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Paul Gauguin". Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Olsen, Kelly (2012-05-02). "Jackson Pollock’s Splashes of Paint From Iran". WSJ. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  7. ^ Kim Murphy (19 September 2007). "Picasso is hiding in Iran". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Alberto Giacometti, Standing Woman, tmoca.com.
  9. ^ Alberto Giacometti, Walking Man 1, tmoca.com.
  10. ^ Max Ernst, Capricorn, tmoca.com.
  11. ^ René Magritte, The Therapeutae, tmoca.com.
  12. ^ "Masterpiece Basement". The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. 2007-12-02. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  13. ^ Dehghan, Saeed Kamali (2012-08-01). "Tehran exhibition reveals city's hidden Warhol and Hockney treasures". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  14. ^ Henry Moore, Two–Pieces Reclining Figure, tmoca.com.
  15. ^ Henry Moore, Three–Pieces Reclining Figure, tmoca.com.
  16. ^ http://www.tmoca.com/section14/page11.aspx?lang=Fa
  17. ^ http://www.grafjo.ir/gonagon/295.html
  18. ^ Parviz Tanavoli, Sanctified 1, tmoca.com.
  19. ^ Union, Ajax (2012-08-05). "Exclusive: Secret Iranian Art Collection Features Work from Iconic Israeli Artist Yaacov Agam". Algemeiner.com. Retrieved 2015-10-06.