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Iran Modern is the first major museum exhibition mounted with loans from the United States\, Europe\, and the Middle East to focus on Iran&rsquo\;s dynamic modern art s cene. The exhibition spans the three decades prior to the 1979 Revolution\, a period of great economic\, political\, and societal change in the countr y. By the mid-1970s Tehran\, its capital city\, had become an important cos mopolitan destination. Artists found new patronage especially from the gove rnment for exhibitions and festivals\, such as the annual Shiraz Arts Festi val\, and the creation of new museums such as the Tehran Museum of Contempo rary Art\, which was actively acquiring both Iranian and international art for its collection.

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The ex hibition is organized thematically across two floors to highlight the broad range of styles developed during this productive period. It is not a compr ehensive overview but instead the works in the exhibition serve as key exam ples of the pluralism and innovative spirit of the time. The exhibition beg ins on the second floor by introducing artists associated with the Saqqakha neh movement\, the first culturally specific modernist group of note whose works were influenced as much by Shi'ite folk art\, as by pre-Islamic art a nd international formal strategies. The exhibition also includes sections f ocusing on Abstraction\, Calligraphy\, and Politics. Within each section\, monographic highlights will allow select artists&rsquo\; work to be seen in greater depth. On the third floor a timeline and a selection of ephemera f rom the period provide greater context for the works on view.

\n< p>Through the presentation of over one hun dred works by 26 artists\, the exhibition chronicles the conversation betwe en tradition and modernity and puts forward the idea of modernism as a glob ally interconnected phenomenon. Iran Modern illuminates an overloo ked time of artistic creation that continues to resonate with contemporary artists working both inside and outside Iran.

DTEND:20140105 DTSTAMP:20140823T053410 DTSTART:20130906 GEO:40.7700155;-73.9644801 LOCATION:Asia Society Museum\,725 Park Avenue at 70th Street\nNew York\, NY 10021 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Iran Modern UID:300071 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20131019T200000 DTSTAMP:20140823T053410 DTSTART:20131019T180000 GEO:40.7700155;-73.9644801 LOCATION:Asia Society Museum\,725 Park Avenue at 70th Street\nNew York\, NY 10021 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Iran Modern UID:303136 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR