For­eign mu­se­ums pay $100k-200k for dis­play­ing Ira­nian an­tiques

Iran Daily - - Art & Culture -

An Ira­nian cul­tural of­fi­cial said for­eign mu­se­ums pay Iran $100,000-$200,000 for dis­play­ing Ira­nian his­tor­i­cal items and an­tiques.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for Mu­se­ums and Mo­bile His­tor­i­cal As­sets at Iran’s Cul­tural Her­itage, Hand­i­crafts and Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ICHHTO) Mo­ham­madreza Kar­gar told Mehr News Agency on Wed­nes­day that part of the pay­ment is de­rived from ticket sales.

He added that all dis­play costs are paid by the for­eign party, in­clud­ing the in­sur­ance for the his­tor­i­cal items, their le­gal and govern­men­tal im­mu­nity, as well as the trans­fer and pack­ag­ing costs.

The of­fi­cial re­ferred to Lou­vre Mu­seum as an ex­am­ple that fi­nan­cially as­sisted Iran in or­ga­niz­ing a ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion of his­tor­i­cal items from the French mu­seum in Tehran. “We signed com­pre­hen­sive agree­ments in this field,” he un­der­lined.

The Na­tional Mu­seum of Iran is cur­rently host­ing a col­lec­tion of art­works on loan from the Lou­vre in Paris for a four-month pe­riod. The ex­hi­bi­tion, which show­cases a col­lec­tion of 56 an­cient art­works, will wrap up on June 21.

The Lou­vre has opened a show in Tehran billed as the first large-scale ex­hi­bi­tion by a ma­jor Western mu­seum in the coun­try.

The ex­hi­bi­tion at Iran’s na­tional mu­seum, which is cel­e­brat­ing its 80th an­niver­sary, fea­tures 50 art­works, in­clud­ing a 2,400-year-old Egyp­tian sphinx, a bust of the Ro­man em­peror Mar­cus Aure­lius, Ira­nian arte­facts and draw­ings by western artists in­clud­ing Rem­brandt and Delacroix.

In par­al­lel with the Tehran ex­hi­bi­tion, the Lou­vre pre­sented The Rose Gar­den: Mas­ter­pieces of Persian Art from the 19th Cen­tury, on Qa­jar dy­nasty Iran, at Lou­vre-lens.

The Lou­vre in Tehran re­traces the cre­ation of the Lou­vre’s var­i­ous col­lec­tions, from the mu­seum’s found­ing in 1793 to its most re­cent ac­qui­si­tions.

Ex­hi­bi­tion in Drents

Mean­while, Drents Mu­seum in the Nether­lands is plan­ning to dis­play a col­lec­tion of nearly 200 Ira­nian an­tique items from June 17 to Novem­ber 18 in the city of Assen.

An ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing hun­dreds of Ira­nian his­toric items is to open in the Nether­lands shortly af­ter the end of the ex­hibit of Qa­jar era art­works and relics in France.

The ex­hibit ti­tled ‘Iran, The Cra­dle of Civ­i­liza­tion’ will be held in the Dutch city of Assen.

Ac­cord­ing to Kar­gar, the en­tire ex­pense will be cov­ered by the Dutch gov­ern­ment.

The ex­hi­bi­tion aims to in­tro­duce the Ira­nian civ­i­liza­tion to Europe, he added.


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