The Treasure Cave

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran was widely deemed to own the most important and comprehensive collection of modern western art in Asia, it includes work by masters such as Picasso, Monet, Kandinsky, Mirò, Warhol, to cite a few names. After the revolution, the masterworks were stowed in the edifice’s underground storage vaults, relegated to abandon and invisibility, locked behind high-security doors. In the meantime, the edifice was transformed to a memorial honoring the martyrs of the revolution and the Iran-Iraq War.

The Treasure Cave reconstructs the fateful history of the museum.

(La cave aux tresors)/DVCAM/42 Minutes/Farsi with English Subtitles/2009

Photo by: Jila Dejam