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Ancient Iranian Art Exhibit Judged Best


News Category: Pre-Islamic

 20 November 2005



Portugals Museums Association has selected the exhibition featuring 7,000 years of Iranian art as the best exposition ever to be held in that country’s museums CHN reported.

Expressing pleasure over the selection, Curator of Iran National Museum Mohammad Reza Kargar said that holding international exhibits on Iranian art is the best way to introduce the country’s history and civilization.

The exhibition of 7,000 years of Iranian art began in Europe in 2000 and the first venue of the event was Vienna’s Art History Museum.

Given the enthusiastic reception accorded to the event, other countries also applied to host the same exhibition.

Last year, Iran’s cultural officials approved Portugal as a venue for the event despite opposition by a group of experts to the transfer of the country’s antiques abroad.

According to IRNA, Portugal’s Museums Association will soon honor the exhibit with an award. Describing the event in Croatia as among the other successes of the exhibition, Kargar noted that based on the results of an opinion poll, Croatian TV had announced the exposition as the most important cultural event of the year in that country.

The exhibit was also inaugurated in Lisbon this year in a ceremony attended by Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hossein Saffar-Harandi.
Following its successful showing in Vienna, the Exhibition of 7,000 Years of Iranian Art moved to Bonn (Germany) and then to Belgium, Switzerland, Spain and Croatia.

Portugal was the last country to host the event.





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