Iran museum puts Louvre artworks on show
Tehran (KNA) - Journalists flooded Iran’s National Museum on Monday for the arrival of more than 50 artworks from the Louvre -- the first major show by a western museum in the country.
The show reflects France’s determined use of cultural diplomacy as it seeks to rebuild traditional ties with Iran, even as their officials hold tense talks over political and security issues.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Vice President of Iran Head of Cultural Heritage Ali Asghar Mounesan, opened the exhibition on Monday.
The doors were unsealed for journalists at the National Museum in central Tehran, which is currently celebrating its 80th anniversary, a day ahead of the public opening.
Among the items shipped over by cargo plane were a 2,400-year-old Egyptian sphinx, a bust of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius and drawings by Rembrandt and Delacroix.
Source: Press TV