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Iran. 5.000 Years of Art and Culture

The exhibits, many of which have never been shown before, illustrate the outstanding importance of Iran as a driving force for intercultural exchange and provide insights into the art of the courts and urban elites.

The exhibition shows around 320 objects from the Sarikhani Collection as well as numerous collections of the National Museums in Berlin, highlighting Iran's outstanding importance as a source of inspiration and centre of intercultural exchange between the Mediterranean, China and India from the first advanced civilizations of the 3rd millennium BC to the end of the Safavid Empire in the early 18th century. In a chronologically structured course with seven stations, they illustrate incisions, adaptations and transformations.

Highlights are the pre-Islamic empires of the Achaemenids and Sasanids, the formation of a Persian-Islamic culture and the artistic masterpieces of the 9th to 13th centuries as well as the heyday of the Safavids.

"Iran. Art and Culture from Five Millennia" is a exhibition of the Museum of Islamic Art in cooperation with the Sarikhani Collection in London.

At a glance

Iran. 5.000 Years of Art and Culture
4 December 2021
20 March 2022
Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission Fee
10 Euro, red. 5 Euro
The exhibition was postponed until early December 2021.


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Last edited: 22 March 2022