Victoria & Albert Museum (London)

epic iran

Victoria & Albert Museum | 13 February – 21 September 2021

Organised by the V&A with the Iran Heritage Foundation in association with The Sarikhani Collection

AOTFD and Vali Mahlouji places archival photographs from the Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967-77) within the exhibition. Photographs from the Witness ’79 series by Hengameh Golestan, and from the Revolution series and War series by Kaveh Golestan will be shown.

Epic Iran explores 5,000 years of Iranian art, design and culture, bringing together over 300 objects from ancient, Islamic and contemporary Iran. Iran was home to one of the great historic civilisations, yet its monumental artistic achievements remain unknown to many. Epic Iran explores this civilisation and the country’s journey into the 21st century, from the earliest known writing – signalling the beginning of history in Iran – through to the 1979 Revolution and beyond. Ranging from sculpture, ceramics and carpets, to textiles, photography and film, the works in this exhibition reflect the country’s vibrant historic culture, architectural splendours, the abundance of myth, poetry and tradition that have been central to Iranian identity for millennia, and the evolving, self-renewing culture evident today.