Director of Iran National Museum expressed his
contentment with the selection of the “7,000 Years of
Persian Art” exhibition as the best museum show of
Portugal for 2005.
He asserted that holding international exhibitions of the
history and civilization of Persia/Iran is the best way to
introduce the position of Iran in the world.
7,000 Years of Persian Art Exhibition headed for Europe in
2000, and it was displayed in Vienna Art History Museum at
its first stop. Since the exhibition received an
enthusiastic welcome by the visitors, a lot of countries
applied for holding the exhibition.
Iran’s cultural authorities agreed with transferring the
exhibition to Portugal last year. According to IRNA,
Portugal Museums Association has described the “7,000
Years of Persian Art” Exhibition as the most important
exhibition in the museums of this country, awarding the
exhibition in the near future in this respect.
“According to a poll, Croatia television announced the
holding of the exhibition as the year’s most important
cultural event of the country,” said Mohammad Reza
Kargar, director of the National Museum of Iran, with
regard to other achievements of the exhibition.
The selection comes while some Iranian experts were
opposing the transfer of the collection to Portugal at the
The exhibition was opened on 5th of April 2005 with the
attendance of the Ministers of Culture and Foreign Affairs
of Portugal in Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon city.
The “7,000 Years of Persian Art” Exhibition headed for
Rome after its successful show in Vienna, and then was
sent to Bonn city in Germany. It was afterwards held in
Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, and Croatia. Portugal was the
last host of the historical artifacts of Iran during their