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Fri Jun 4, 2021, 11:15 PM

Magnificent Iran exhibit at London's Victoria & Albert Museum


..."On display in the V&A show, which runs through Sept. 12, are an astounding array of artworks and treasures spanning 5,000 years: from the remnants of the earliest civilizations to the creations of contemporary artists living in Iran today. The full gamut of arts and crafts practiced for millenniums in Iran is illustrated with centuries-old carpets, illuminated manuscripts, miniature paintings, sculpted ornaments, court portraits and fine textiles.

One of the most important objects in the show has been lent to the V&A by the British Museum: the Cyrus Cylinder, a small clay tube from the sixth century B.C. that Cyrus the Great, the Persian Empire’s founder, buried under the walls of Babylon after he conquered it. Etched in cuneiform — the writing of the ancient Babylonians — the Cyrus Cylinder was “a charter for good governance” in which Cyrus pledged not to “rule by oppression and dictatorship and tyranny,” said the exhibition’s co-curator, John Curtis, the British Museum’s former keeper of the Middle East department.
well as artifacts from Iran’s past, two rooms of “Epic Iran” on modern and contemporary art show that Iranians were active participants in 20th-century art movements, and today produce cutting-edge photography, painting and installations.

The high ratio of female artists on display — including the photographers Shadi Ghadirian and Shirin Aliabadi — demonstrates that Iranian women have transcended gender inequality and restrictions such as the compulsory veil to produce and display their work."....
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Fri Jun 4, 2021, 11:25 PM

1. That looks really interesting.

Surprised that the BM loaned something to the Vicky & Al.

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Sat Jun 5, 2021, 01:24 AM

2. Makes me wish I could go see it!

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