TEHRAN MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
It may be the envy of many art aficionados around the world when over 130 masterpieces by European and American conceptual, minimalist and dadaist pioneer artists of the 19th – and 20th century are put on display in the hard-to-reach city of Tehran. From Marcel Duchamp’s pen and ink paper study on the large glass (1915) to Dan Flavin’s blue fluorescent lights (1966-67) the Minimalist & Conceptual Art exhibition at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art offers the locals an exceptional opportunity to view first hand masterpieces otherwise seen in photos or read about in art books. Donald Judd’s 4-meter sculpture of the Progression series, Sol LeWitt’s Open Cube structures, and Ed Ruscha’s six
screenprints of insects (from Insects Portfolio, 1972) are among numerous works
displayed for the first time after decades.
“As an architect you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown,” says Norman Foster. Although the museum’s iconic modern structure, realized in 1977 by Kamran Diba, has stood the test of time, maintaining the walls and the treasures held inside is another story. A 5-star collection.
Sound: Indeterminacy 1 by John Cage and David Tudor