(AS) Museum which was
inaugurated by Tehran Municipality’s Cultural and Arts
Organization two years ago is the first religious
museum in the capital.
According to the Persian daily Hamshahri, the
museum has a display area of
2,500 sq.m. It has three halls--on the ground floor, the
first and second floors.
The museum has four sections:
Thought, Culture, Literature and Arts. “There are at least
3,000 artworks on display at the
museum. A majority of the collections are in the form
of visual arts by contemporary artists. Classic and modern
paintings and graphic and calligraphy works are also
featured at Imam
Museum which is named after the first
Imam of Prophet Muhammad’s
(PBUH) infallible household.
Treasury of Religious
Religious art scholars consider the presence of a sacred
or spiritual element as the criterion of a religious art
work or event.
Religious art created by a believing artist is inspired by a
religious experience and the artist's beliefs are the source
of his inspiration.
In view of the above considerations the museum focuses on
art that immediately evokes a profoundly perceived sacred or
- Forth Gallery
- World award of monotheistic religions- First
international poster competition
Director of Imam
Museum Bahrampour said that it is a
museum of artistic works in the
visual art category. He said that the collection is
effective in purifying the spirit of the visitors.
“Our society now needs tranquility and contemplation more
than at any other time. If we manage to communicate with
visitors for about 10 minutes, we have done our job well as
a religious museum,“ he said.
Bahrampour said that there are also other religious museums
in provincial cities citing Museum
of Hazrat Abdul Azim in the holy city of Qom and
Museum of holy shrine of
Imam Reza (AS) in Mashhad.
Several artworks on display in Imam
Museum date back to the late Qajar era when paintings
in tea house style, miniatures and pages from holy Qur’an
Works by late Hossein Qollar Aghasi, late Mohammad Modaber
and Fathollah Qollar Aghasi narrate the tragedy of Ashura,
Ghadir Khom and Javanmard Qassab which are part of the
religious beliefs of ordinary people.
Meanwhile, the library of Imam
Museum has 3,000 titles of books and the target is to
increase this figure to 10,000.