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Tehran Exhibition Displays Rarely Seen Western Art

Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art unveils works by western artists, including Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, to the public.

. Visitors stand next to paintings, from left to right, by Irish-born British painter Francis Bacon "Reclining Man with Sculpture" and American artist Franz Kline "untitled" during the opening ceremony of an exhibition of modern art at Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art (TMOCA) in the Iranian capital on No. 20, 2015

They are part of a collection bought in the 1970s by the wife of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Farah Diba.

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. An Iranian woman looks at an artwork by US artist Mark Rothko at Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibit showcases a collection of Western artworks by artists such as Warhol, Monet and Lichtenstein.

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. Iranian Culture Minister Ali Jannati, right, looks at US artist Jackson Pollock's "Mural on Indian Red Ground" (1950) during the ceremony.

These western artworks purchased by the wife of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi have been considered too risque to be publicly shown and have spent over three decades in storage.

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. People look at a sculpture by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti.

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. An Iranian woman poses for a picture next to an artwork by Irish artist Francis Bacon.

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. Italian art historian and curator Germano Celant stand next to a painting titled "light in August" by Dutch American abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning.

42 western works are featured in the museum's three-month exhibition.

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