Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art contains the most authentic, comprehensive and rarest treasures of contemporary art since World War II until the 1980s from other parts of the Europe and North America including conspicuous masterpieces from the Abstract Expressionism movement, Pop art, Minimalism, Conceptual art and Photorealism.
More than 4000 precious artworks, by the international and Iranian visual art prodigies, are held and displayed at the permanent art exhibition of the museum that up to 400 of them have an extraordinary value and are considered as a matter of great importance.
The value of the museum artworks and artistic objects are estimated to be around 2.5 billion dollars. Most of these masterpieces were purchased in the 1970s. Distinguished artworks that are masterly crafted by the art prodigies such as Gauguin, Renoir, Picasso, Magritte, Ernest, Pollock, Warhol, LeWitt and Giacometti.
There are sculptures and other magnificent artworks of international artists from various parts of the world found on the precincts of the museum. The most eminent of all the masterpieces is the Healer sculpture by the Belgian painter René Magritte.
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art structure is consisted of two major parts, the enclosed areas and the middle yard. There is a maze of circular ways with a gentle slope in the inner parts of the building that guides the visitors downwards. This interior labyrinthine way has created a contemporary paradox in comparison to the exterior view of the building. The labyrinth is composed of 7 main areas that are used as galleries. As you’re strolling down the gentle slope of the maze, you’ll reach the gateway of each gallery and will be enchanted by the divergent universes that they offer. At the end of the labyrinth, you’ll arrive at the famous masterpiece of the Japanese sculpturist, Noriyuki Haraguchi. Matter & Mind is a sculpture created with the combination of dark grease and steel resembling a mirror. Many of the art enthusiasts remember the contemporary art museum due to this creative piece of art.
An interesting fact about the labyrinth is that the ending point of it is the starting point of your journey. It’s quite the paradox isn’t it? In other words when you start your journey of looking through the gateways to diverse worlds in each gallery, you’ll return back to where you’ve started at the end of your throughout visit.
This museum is located on the north of the Kargar street and near one of the most popular parks of Tehran called Laleh Park that has a bazaar within itself which you can buy antique souvenirs and handicrafts from its booths.