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April 27, 2021 09:03 am

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It will showcase more than 300 items, including painting, ceramics and glass, artwork made of wood and metal, carpets and painted fabrics, manuscripts and weapons.

May 15 at the Museum of the East will open Exhibition “Luxury of Sunset: Iran of the Qajar Era”… She will introduce you to Iranian history and art, which cover the period of the late 18th – early 20th centuries.

In seven halls, you can see more than 300 items from the Iranian collection of the museum: paintings and miniatures, ceramics and glass, artwork made of wood and metal, carpets and painted fabrics, manuscripts and weapons.

The exposition will be complemented by historical documents from the State Archives of the Russian Federation, exhibits from the Mardzhani Foundation and photographs from the Kunstkamera. Most of the exhibits have never left the museum’s funds and are exhibited for the first time.

From all sides

The exposition itself was divided into thematic sections devoted to various aspects of the life of Iranian society in the 19th – early 20th centuries: the ideology of supreme power, religious practices and popular superstitions, relations with foreigners and the impact of European fashion, military traditions and craftsmanship, as well as everyday life in which modern trends were combined with traditions.

For a long time, the Khajar art remained in the shadows, and only in recent decades they began to pay special attention to it. Over the years, exhibitions were held in Lance (Louvre-Lance, 2014), New York (Brooklyn Museum, 1998), Baku (Heydar Aliyev Center with the participation of the Tbilisi History Museum, 2019). The first of these, back in the early 1970s, was an exhibition of paintings from the collection of the Museum of the East (Moscow, State Museum of the East, 1973).

The collection of Kajar art of the Museum of the Orient numbers over a thousand items and is considered one of the most representative in the world, along with the collections of the Louvre, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Hermitage.

The Qajar dynasty came to power in Iran in the last quarter of the 18th century after a long internecine struggle. During her reign, there were economic problems, defeats in wars, territorial losses and difficulties in resisting European colonial expansion. All this made Iran weaker, and the Qajar period, in fact, became a continuation of the crisis of the 18th century – the era of the decline of the former glory of the state. At the same time, it was possible to preserve the independence of the country, and the Kajar art, reflecting two main trends of the era: interest in European achievements and respect for the history, epic and traditions of its people, took its place in the history of world culture.

In addition, a large cultural program will be prepared for the guests, which will include curatorial excursions, lectures, concerts, film screenings and master classes.

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