Tehran Commuters Enjoy Van Gogh, Matisse
veiled woman in teheran iran street

In a country where the culture ministry has banned nude paintings, people might assume that the range of artistic displays in Iran is a bit, um, bare.  (Sorry, couldn’t resist).  As it turns out, even the religious authorities support the Great Masters.  In May, morning commuters in Tehran were stunned to see that hundreds of billboards along the city’s avenues, which normally feature ubiquitous mobile phone and banking advertisements, unexpectedly featured reproductions of Edward Munch’s The Scream and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.  The promotion, which ran for a week, is a government-led initiative to encourage art gallery visits.

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