4 Dec-26 Feb. The Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin shows works from the collection of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA), at the Gemäldegalerie building.
The works on display, which come from one of the largest collections of 20th-century western art outside Europe and the US, are shown alongside significant examples of modern Iranian art – particularly works from the 1960s and 1970s.
The exhibition features masterpieces by artists such as Bacon, Kandinsky, Picasso, Pollock, and Rothko, as well as works by Iranian artists such as Faramarz Pilaram, Mohsen Vaziri Moghadam, and Behjat Sadr.
The paintings have been kept out of sight for almost 40 years in underground storage facilities at TMoCA, which opened in 1977 but was forced to close two years later due to the Islamic Revolution.
The Nationalgalerie in Berlin is the first international institution to show the collection which will travel to Rome's MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo in March.