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Warhol takes over Tehran

By Jaime León

Tehran, Oct 24 (EFE).- Andy Warhol’s iconic tins of soup and Marilyn Monroe portraits have gone on display in Tehran, delighting art lovers in the Islamic Republic of Iran, where colorful pop exhibitions are a rarity.

The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA) is the custodian of the works at the exhibit that concluded Sunday.

The popularity of the exhibition was noticeable on Saturday — a working day in Iran — as the museum’s rooms filled up with visitors, most of them young and many of them women.

“I loved the exhibition,” Arghawan, a 21-year-old student, told Efe.

“First of all because I love art, and secondly because we don’t get a lot of opportunities to enjoy modern artists in Iran.”

Arghawan said she hoped the museum would organize modern art exhibitions more often.

It is something the museum is capable of, considering it has works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Francis Bacon, Paul Gauguin, Mark Rothko and Vassily Kandinsky in its vaults.

Anahita Tahen, a 36-year-old theater director, also enjoyed the exhibition.

“It’s interesting how he deconstructs famous people. In a way he destroys their image to create another,” she told Efe.

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