A GALLERY AS BIG AS A TOWN
‘TEHRAN HAS TURNED INTO A MUSEUM,’ a woman wrote on Iranian news website Khabaronline.ir. She was referring to the more than 1 500 billboards that had appeared overnight in the Iranian capital in May this year. Together they displayed 00 works of art, in an effort by the mayor to encourage citizens to visit museums. Despite the censorship of the arts in the city, Tehran’s Museum of ontemporary Art holds one of the nest collections of modern art outside of the US and Europe. Unfortunately, the pieces have been gathering dust in the museum’s basement for more than 30 years. With the 10-day campaign ‘A Gallery As Big As A Town’, Tehran’s mayor, along with Iranian artist and sculptor Saeed Shahlapour, took art to the streets. The project showed reproductions of traditional Persian artworks as well as works by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE ‘Blue Window’ by Henri Matisse on Tehran’s Chamran highway; ‘Les femmes d’Alger (Version “O”)’ by Pablo Picasso; ‘La Double Vue’ by René Magritte