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The Louvre Museum in Tehran

On 5 March 2018, the National Museum of Iran opened the first ever large-scale exhibition by a major Western museum in the country with over 50 artworks lent by the Louvre. This 40-day exhibition was organised to celebrate the Iranian museum’s 80th anniversary and the collection of works on display included a 2,400-year-old Egyptian sphinx, a bust of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, drawings by Rembrandt and Delacroix and a number of Greek vases and bas-reliefs.

The exhibition was a huge success and was visited by over 250,000 people from all over the country. One of the masterpieces on display was an ancient Iranian bas-relief depicting Mithras sacrificing a bull that dates back to the period between the second and fourth century AD. Unearthed in what is now known as Libya, the work also portrays the Sun and Moon, and the twelve signs of the Zodiac, as it was designed to be a symbol of both the rebirth of nature and the cyclical nature of time.

To further emphasize the close bond between the Louvre and Tehran, an exhibition of a vast collection of artefacts from the Qajar dynasty (1785-1925) was simultaneously displayed at Louvre-Lens between 28 March and 22 July 2018, under the title of “The Rose Garden: Masterpieces of Persian Art from the 19th Century”. At the National Museum of Iran, the exhibition lighting scheme consisted of Palco spotlights, deemed best suited for the illumination of a diverse range of exhibits thanks to its wide variety of optics and accessories.

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  • Client
    National Museum of Iran
  • Lighting project:
    Horshaar Design
  • Photographer
    Masoud Ghadiri Far