The Art Newspaper reports that Berlin will be the site of an exhibition of Western artists held by the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art which famously owns one of Pollock’s paintings and significant Francis Bacon:
It is still to be announced which works from the Tehran museum’s collection will be shown for three months in Berlin, but they could include ones by Picasso, Pollock, Francis Bacon and Monet, which were acquired in the 1970s. Opening the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in 1977 was a grand project close to the heart of the late Shah’s wife, Farah Pahlavi Shahbanu. When hard-line conservatives gained power the works were kept in store. But in the past few years, many of the pieces have been shown in exhibitions in Tehran. It is considered the best collection of 20th-century American and European art outside the West. While a few works have been lent in the past, this planned large-scale loan will be the first since the improvement of relations between Iran, Europe and the US after the nuclear deal was reached this summer.