News ID: 175545
Published: 0625 GMT January 11, 2017

Louvre to hold exhibition in Tehran

Louvre to hold exhibition in Tehran

The French museum, Louvre, will hold an exhibition in Tehran, said the French Ambassador to Iran François Sénémaud.

In a meeting with Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization Zahra Ahmadipour, the French ambassador said the exhibition will be held in Iran National Museum soon.

Referring to Iran's rich history, Sénémaud said an exhibition on the Qajar Dynasty (1789-1925) will also be held in the spring of 2018, Tasnim News Agency reported.

He said Iranian culture is known among the French and said Iran has an older and richer history.

The French ambassador also described Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's visit to Paris last January as a turning point in bilateral ties in all fields, including culture.

The Louvre signed a historical agreement with Iran that cleared the way for renewed cultural and scientific cooperation with France. The deal came on January 28, 2016 during President Rouhani's state visit to France.

The agreement renewed Louvre's links with Iran which, with a few notable exceptions, have been suspended since the end of the 1970s.

The exhibition on the Qajar Dynasty will be held at the Louvre's satellite museum in Lens, northern France, The Art Newspaper wrote last February.


Archeological cooperation


The French official also said Iranian and French archeologists are cooperating in joint projects in the Mirak region in the northeastern province of Semnan, Pasargadae, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus, in the central province of Fars and Semirom in the central province of Isfahan.

The two sides discussed cooperation on other cultural and economic fields with Ahmadipour describing Iran as a secure destination for foreign tourists, particularly those from France.

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