Monday , 11 December 2023

Germany’s Bundeskunsthalle hosting “Iran: Ancient Cultures between Water and Desert” exhibition — Rare Persian artifacts are on display at the Art and Exhibition Hall of Germany (Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn) in an exhibition entitled “Iran: Ancient Cultures between Water and Desert“. The exhibition is organized in the city of Bonn with cooperation of Iran’s National Museum and Cultural Heritage Organization in Tehran.

VIDEO: Highlights of Iran & Persian Garden Exhibition in Bonn, Germany

The exhibition draws the veil from the long hidden treasures of the early civilizations in Persia (Iran) that flourished between the seventh millennium BC and the rise of the Achaemenids in the first millennium BC. According to Bundeskunsthalle, “The exhibition opens a window onto a country that has been inaccessible for decades and whose imagery is little known in Europe.”

It is the second time that Art and Exhibition Hall of Germany organizes an exhibition related to the Persian culture and civilization. In 2003, for the first time after the 1979 revolution, the museum hosted the masterpieces of the Iran’s National Museum in an exhibition entitled “7000 Years of Persian Art“.

An exceptional part of the current exhibition is showing the carved vessels which have been discovered around the city of Jiroft and Halil River in South East Persia. In 2001 police seized a large number of these objects looted from the Bronze Age necropolises in the Kerman province. The archaeologists believe the finds shed new light on the Bronze Age in the region and the production of vessels made of chlorite, alabaster and other stones; but because the objects were looted, their original find context and the knowledge it might have yielded will forever remain lost to archaeological research.

An ancient artifact from Jiroft, South-East Persia, at Bundeskunsthalle
(Photo: Pejman Akbarzadeh)

The exhibition in Bonn also presents the unique section “Persian Garden; The Invention of Paradise”. Rein Wolfs, the director of the museum, in an interview with Persian Dutch Network explains: “the actual exhibition is an archaeological exhibition. We wanted to show something from Islamic period as well. That is why we made a Persian Garden in the Museum Square. It is called ‘Paradis’. This word also comes from Persian and in this garden, we have shown how a Persian Garden is constructed”.

Ancient Persian artifacts at Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
(Photo: Pejman Akbarzadeh)

The exhibitions Iran and the Persian Garden will be on display in Bonn until 20 August 2017.