Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art established in 1977 is among the largest museums in Iran. It is one of the greatest collections of Iranian modern and contemporary art holding about 4ooo remarkable artworks of great Iranian, European, and American artists. Though it was not open to the public for many years, now it welcomes every art lover or tourist who travels to Iran.
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA) is the center of Iran art exhibition mainly visual arts. It exhibits art works of great artists such as Picasso, Warhol, Van Gogh, Pollock, Moore, and Matisse. In Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, one can observe different art periods known as surrealism, Dadaism, photorealism, cubism, expressionism, and modern art. The museum’s garden also displays western sculptures made by famous artists such as Ernst, Magritte, and Moore.
The architecture of the museum is also remarkable. The Museum was designed by one of the famous Iranian architects known as Kamran Diba. He was inspired by the traditional Persian architecture, philosophical concepts, and modern elements. While, the exterior design of the museum represents the traditional wind catchers of Iran, the interior design of the museum resembles the modern Guggenheim Museum in New York.
The museum building is made up of different sectors such as arts, administration, public relations, exhibition services; art works archive, bookstores, coffee shop, and library.
The library of TMoCA has gathered thousands of Persian and non-Persian books in the fields of architecture, design, visual relation, photography, cinema industry, and so forth.
It is built adjacent to Laleh Park and it is also rather close to the carpet museum of Tehran. Therefore, tourists who visit the museum of contemporary art have the opportunity to explore the carpet museum and to stroll in the green vast area of Laleh Park.