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a modern Iranian hero

19 February – 19 April 2009

Exhibition closed

Room 3

The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Objects in focus

Supported by

A display of a recently acquired artwork by Iranian artist Khosrow Hassanzadeh, which offers a contemporary perspective on Iranian history, religion and culture.

It focuses on a wrestler Ghulamreza Takhti, Olympic medallist and national hero of Iran (d. 1968) whose title is jahan pahlavan ‘world hero’. The exhibition examines his place in history and the ancient roots of the wrestling tradition of Iran.

Further information

For Takhti video
For full press release

Related exhibitions and displays

Shah 'Abbas: The Remaking of Iran
19 February – 14 June 2009

The splendour of Isfahan: coins from Iran
5 March – 5 July 2009

Takhti by Khosrow Hassanzadeh

Takhti by Khosrow Hassanzadeh. Mixed media, 2007. Reproduced by permission of the artist.