TEHRAN – Shipping exhibits of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMOCA) to galleries abroad is not on the agenda, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Seyed Reza Salehi Amiri, told a press conference Saturday, IRAN NEWS cited ISNA as reporting.
Salehi Amiri dismissed the reports by some local news outlets claiming that TMOCA masterpieces have already been shipped abroad.
Since the beginning of my appointment as the minister of culture, I have withstood sending these works to international galleries, he said.
Earlier local media reported that Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance had sent art works of TMOCA to museums based in Germany and Italy.
On March 17 an exhibition dubbed “Berlin-Rome Travellers” put 60 international and Iranian masterpieces on display at TMOCA, created by celebrated painters.
According to a set schedule, these art works should have been exhibited in art galleries in Berlin and Rome as the second leg of a lending project approved by former Minister of Culture, Ali Jannati.
According to ISNA, following discontent raised by many Iranian artists, art associations and the new minister himself, plans to ship the exhibits abroad were pulled back.
In the meantime, the exhibition “Berlin-Rome Travellers” was closed in Tehran yesterday.