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
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.