Art And Culture

‘Messages of Friendship’ From Qasr Garden Museum

‘Messages of Friendship’ From Qasr Garden Museum‘Messages of Friendship’ From Qasr Garden Museum

The head of Qasr Garden Museum plans to send messages of peace and friendship to European countries following a visit to Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and France where he met cultural advisors and officials in the last week of April.

“Developing international cultural interaction and cooperation as well as bilateral relations and cooperation” is on the agenda, Mohammad-Reza Saeedi said.

The Iran-Sweden Cultural Interaction Association (ISCIA) was formally launched in the first step of interaction. Creating appropriate grounds for the presence of 15 Swedish officials aimed at execution of artistic and cultural plans in the museum and visiting different regions of Iran, is the first mission of the ISCIA.

Saeedi also introduced Qasr Garden Museum during his visit to cultural places in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.  He sent invitations to cultural managers to visit Iran. He visited The Hague and met the managers of Panorama Museum inviting them to visit Qasr.

His friendship messages will also be sent to Belgium, Paris and Berlin.

  Classical and Modern

Originally designed and built in 1790 by Russian architect Markov, Qasr prison had 192 rooms for 700 prisoners.  

The prison was handed over to Tehran Municipality’s Cultural Spaces Company in 2008 for a garden and museum. It is now a 12-hectare garden museum with classical and traditional sections in culture and tourism. The designing and implementation of the concepts of turning Qasr to a museum garden was assigned to Pooya Mehr Software Company. More than 59 artists of visual arts including sculptures, paintings, graphics and photography as well as domestic and foreign contractors cooperated in advanced digital technology, lighting, video and sound.

Qasr museum garden officially started its operation in 2012 as a “Persian outdoor garden museum” with a diversity of plants and pleasant atmosphere for visitors.

A part of it hosts the Islamic Revolution History Museum displaying historical changes from the Qajar era till the Islamic Revolution victory. Three yards in the prison are equipped with video, clipart and conceptual videos for interested people. A mosque, gymnasium, library research center, various galleries, exhibitions and cultural halls, tearoom and traditional restaurants, centers for supplying cultural and artistic products and a crafts market are in other parts of the museum garden.