Tehran museum to restore statues by Alberto Giacometti

January 2, 2018

TEHRAN – The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art plans to restore two bronze statues by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti.

Acid rain has caused damage to “Walking Man 1” and “Standing Woman 1”, which are located in the courtyard of the museum, TMCA director Ali-Mohammad Zare’ told the Persian service of IRNA on Tuesday 

The statues will be transferred to inside the museum after the restoration, he added.

The restoration will be carried out by experts from the Alberto Giacometti Foundation in Zurich, who are scheduled to arrive Tehran during March.

Plans are for the museum to undergo restoration of its equipment as well as to make changes to its interior for an expansion of the exhibit area. However, the museum will remain open to the public, Zare’ said.

He noted that the artworks kept at the museum will be transferred into a safe haven for display when the restoration project is underway at the place.

Examples of the statues are also on display at several major museums and galleries in the world.

The TMCA is home to works by many august artists of the West, including Claude Monet, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Georges Braque, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, René Magritte, Duane Hanson and Chuck Close.

Photo: Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti’s “Walking Man 1” and “Standing Woman 1” are seen in the courtyard of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in an undated photo.

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