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Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

About the Museum


The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, also known as TMoCA, is among the largest art museums in Iran. Inaugurated by Empress Farah Pahlavi in 1977, TMoCA is recognized for having the most valuable Modern art collection outside of the United States and Europe. It has a collection of more than 3000 items that include 19th and 20th century world-class European and American paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture.

After the Iranian Revolution in 1979, all Western art was stored away in its vault until 1999 when the first post-revolution exhibition went on display at the museum. Artists represented include Paul Gauguin, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Claude Monet, Vincent Van-Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Francis Bacon, Max Ernst, Diego Rivera, Jasper Johns, and many more. The museum also holds one of the greatest collections of Iranian modern and contemporary art.

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