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Iran

Ancient Cultures between Water and Desert

13 April to 20 August 2017

The exhibition draws the veil from the long hidden treasures of the early Iranian civilisations that flourished between the seventh millennium BC and the rise of the Achaemenids in the first millennium BC.

From the snow-capped peaks of the Alborz and Zagros mountain ranges to the blazing heat of the Loot Desert, Iran is a country of contrasts. But those forbidding deserts and mountain ranges shelter fertile valleys that have been inhabited by people ever since sedentism.

«Out beyond ideas of right and wrong doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.»Rumi

These valleys were the cradle of the Iranian civilisations, which culminated in the rise of the Achaemenid Empire. The mountains provided shelter and raw materials. The wild animals and mythical creatures that populated the wilderness found visual representation in scenes of animals fighting on stone vessels from the gravesites of Jiroft, on imaginatively painted ceramics from Susa and in the battle scenes on the gold bowl from Hasanlu.

The exhibition opens a window onto a country that has been inaccessible for decades and whose imagery is little known in Europe. The treasures from the graves of two Elamite princesses and the spectacular finds from the burial grounds of Jiroft are shown outside Iran for the first time.

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Admission tickets

Online ticket with a public transport ticket

Iran. Ancient Culture between Water and Desert
€12/ €8.50 (concessions), Family ticket €18

The Persian Garden. The Invention of Paradise
€8,50/ €6.50 (concessions), Family ticket €10.50

Combined ticket: "Iran" and The Persian Garden
€14/ €9  (concessions), Family ticket €22.50

School groups enjoy free admission to the exhibition on Fridays (booking necessary)
Happy-Hour-Ticket: 7 € (available two hours before the museum closes; individual visitors only, all exhibitions.) Combined ticket for all exhibitions available. More information

Official Audio-App

Available for free from the Apple Store or through Google Play

Conceptualisation and production of the audio guide and this app: www.linon.de  

App Store Download

All Objects:
© The National Museum of Iran / Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH, Photo: Neda Hossein Tehrani, Nima Mohammadi Fakhoorzadeh

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Illustrations
  1. Choga Zanbil, Khuzestan© Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization, Foto: KhadifarChoga Zanbil, Khuzestan © Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization, Foto: Khadifar
  2. Lion protome (left) and Griffon-shaped protome (right), „Ziwiye“, 1st century BC, Gold, Tehran, National Museum of Iran© The National Museum of Iran/Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH, Foto: Neda Hossein Tehrani, Nima Mohammadi Fakhoorzadeh
  3. View over the Imamzadeh of Jazan Province Isfahan, Central Iran.© Barbara HelwingView over the Imamzadeh of Jazan. Province Isfahan, Central Iran. © Barbara Helwing
  4. Vessel with polychrome decoration, Shahr-e Sukhteh, Ceramic, 3rd millennium BC and Stemmed cup, Tappe Hesar, Ceramic, 3rd millennium BC, Tehran, National Museum of Iran © The National Museum of Iran/Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH, Foto: Neda Hossein Tehrani, Nima Mohammadi Fakhoorzadeh
  5. View out of the Hajji Bahram Cave over the Bolaghi Valley in March 2005. Province Fars, South Iran © Barbara HelwingView out of the Hajji Bahram Cave over the Bolaghi Valley in March 2005. Province Fars, South Iran
  6. Panel with ivory inlays, part of wooden furniture, Chogha Zanbil, Palace Hypogeaum, 13th century BC Ivory, Tehran, National Museum of Iran© The National Museum of Iran/Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH, Foto: Neda Hossein Tehrani, Nima Mohammadi Fakhoorzadeh
  7. Zebu-shaped Rhython (left), Marlik, Clay, c. 1000 BC and Deer-shaped Rhython (right), Marlik, Clay, c. 1000 BC, Tehran, National Museum of Iran© The National Museum of Iran/Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH, Foto: Neda Hossein Tehrani, Nima Mohammadi FakhoorzadehZebu-shaped Rhython (left), Marlik, Clay, c. 1000 BC and Deer-shaped Rhython (right), Marlik, Clay, c. 1000 BC, Tehran, National Museum of Iran © The National Museum of Iran/Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH, Foto: Neda Hossein Tehrani, Nima Mohammadi Fakhoorzadeh

Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Museumsmeile Bonn
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4
53113 Bonn
T +49 228 9171–200

Opening hours

Mondays closed
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thursdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
(including public holidays even those which fall on Mondays)

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