The Easel

Iran Has Been Hiding One of the World’s Great Collections of Modern Art

After the 1979 Iranian revolution a great collection of 20th century art, assembled by the Shah’s wife, became politically unacceptable. Amazingly, it survived the revolution, thanks to a museum staffer, and some pieces are cautiously being shown. ”As chaos engulfed Tehran’s streets, Shabazi spent most of the next two years locked in the vault with the artwork and the keys. “With this vault, with this museum, I am like a lion””.