The world of imagination and creativity and surprise. A place with unique architecture and design that surprises you every season with an attractive international exhibition.Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, also known as TMoCA, is among the largest art museums in Iran. It is set within a park of 7000 square meters in which sculptures by renowned international and Iranian artists are on display. The Visual Arts Center is a close affiliate of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, which is one of the most prestigious museums in the Middle East.

The museum owns the biggest modern art collection in the world outside of Europe and North America. It has collections of more than 3000 items that include 19th and 20th century’s world-class European and American paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures. Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art also has one of the greatest collections of Iranian modern and contemporary art.

Background of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

According to Farah Pahlavi, the former Empress of Iran, the idea for this museum happened when she was in conversation with artist Iran Darroudi during a gallery opening in the 1970s and Darroudi mentioned she wished there was a place to show work more permanently. The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art museum was suppose to be a place to show contemporary and modern Iranian artist along side with other international artists doing similar work.

The museum was designed by Iranian architect and cousin of the queen, Kamran Diba, who employed elements from traditional Persian architecture. It was built adjacent to Laleh Park, Tehran.The building itself can be regarded as an example of contemporary art, in a style of an underground New York Guggenheim Museum. Most of the museum area is located underground with a circular walkway that spirals downwards with galleries branching outwards. The selection of the art was done under Farah Pahlavi and the budget was from the National Iranian Oil Company. 

Most of these works were acquired just before the Iranian Revolution in 1979. The works span across Impressionism, Surrealism, Pop Art, Op Art, Abstract expressionism, Minimal Art and Conceptual Art. They range across all fields including painting, sculpture, print and calligraphy.

Renovating Tehran’s Contemporary Art Museum

Due to renovation programme, the extra parts of the building have been taken out of the museum and the problems related to the temperature and humidity of the building are going to be solved. Two galleries are also supposed to be repaired in order to keep the art treasures until the capacity of the place for keeping art treasures is expanded, but the restoration of artworks has not been included in the renovation programme of the museum.

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