The Reza Abbasi Museum is in Tehran, Iran. The museum is named after Reza Abbasi one of the artists in the Safavid Period. The Reza Abbasi museum is home to a unique collection of Persian art dating back to the second millennium BC, from both the pre-Islamic and Islamic eras. Reza Abbasi museum was officially opened under the guidance of Queen Farah Pahlavi. Reza Abbasi museum is administrated by Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran.
The collection on display and in storage of this museum belongs to a period from the second millennium BC to the early 20th century which corresponds to the end of Qajar period. The displays are arranged chronologically, so visitors can have a chance to observe the development of art, culture and technology during this time interval. This setup has made the RMA unique between other museums in the country in respect to Iranian art history. The objects exhibited in this museum include artifacts made of baked clay, metal and stone from the pre-historic times to pottery and metal objects, textile and lacquer painting belonging to the Islamic period. Other art-works on display in the RAM are paintings on canvas and paper, manuscripts and jewelry from per-Islamic period, besides art and technology and calligraphy works of the Islamic period. A golden rhyton of horse's head, Persian Empire in Sassanid era, 6-7th century AD located in Reza Abbasi museum.
The conservation department with its two laboratories and workshops for conservation of painting, metal objects and manuscript book is considered as one of the most advanced conservation workshops of the country. Therefore, it is not only covers its own needs, but accepts conservation works from all other museums with in the country.
The library of the museum with over 10,000 Persian, English, French and German books is open to the museum curators the staff, universities students and researchers, the subjects of the books are mostly composed of Iranian art, archaeology and classical paintings. The books are classified by LC classification and the system is open shelf. The library has over 50 different Persian and 60 foreign magazines, and 90 different newspapers that are all accessible to the visitors. The library doesn't have any book loan servic
The publication department has published valuable references on Iranian artistic legacy. The following tiles that are available can be ordered:
1. The art of Achaeminians, Parthids and Sassanians.
2. Lorestan Brass and metal objects from Islamic period.
3. A collection of Iranian art, from the 2nd millennium to 6th century BC.
4. A collection of Iranian miniature and calligraphy from the 8th to the late 12th century AH.
5. An introduction to the art of Iranian tilework.
6. Architecture of Isfahan Jame mosque.
7. Clay Tablets of Neishabour.
8. Tea-house painting.
There are also different training courses in the museum such as Drawing, Calligraphy, Watercolor and oil painting.
The Reza Abbasi museum has allocated a part of its activities to short-term and temporary exhibitions. Therefore, it is possible to see on display some works kept in the storage of the museum. When opportunity arises, this space is available to contemporary masters in different fields of art similar to those objects on permanent display. Therefore, the relationship of the museum with more groups in society is enhanced and works of art from the past and present can be seen together. Reza Abbasi museum regularly holds two types of exhibitions of either the museum objects or art works such as paintings, calligraphy, miniature, etc. in its exhibition gallery. Exhibitions of museum objects are usually held for one month and art exhibitions for two weeks.
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