Tehran, 1979

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Tehran, 1979

Edition: 1/7
1979, printed in 2017
Inkjet print
Primary support: 40 1/4 × 29 1/8 in. (102.24 × 73.98 cm)
Purchased with funds provided by JoAnn Busuttil (M.2017.247)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

Ahmad Aali has been an active force in the Iranian art world since the early 1960s. Best known as a photographer, he succinctly captured Iran’s new post-revolutionary world in this image, which perfectly encapsulates the shattering transfer of power although it is devoid of any outward violence. Here the famed Shahyad (Remembrance of the King) Tower, renamed Burj-i Azadi (Freedom Tower), has been rebranded with the stenciled image of Ayatollah Khomeini.


  • Komaroff, Linda. In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Munich; New York: DelMonico Books-Prestel, 2018.