Shield, Persia, Qajar era, 1800s, Powerhouse Collection

Persian Community Talks & Storytelling

20 March – 3 April 2021 Powerhouse Museum

Iranzamin (Land of the Persians) is the first survey exhibition of Persian arts and crafts acquired by the Powerhouse Museum since its founding in 1880. It explores the stories behind rarely seen artefacts from the middle of the 19th century to now, shedding light on the diverse social and cultural history of Persia – today’s Iran – and its people.

The exhibition examines how objects inspired by traditional arts and crafts were used in Persian society, focusing on seven themes: Joy and Happiness; Purification and Cleansing; Spirituality and Devotion; Poetry and Calligraphy; Rituals and Performance; Patronage and Craftsmanship; Nature and Design.

During Persian New Year, there will be volunteer-led tours of the exhibition, storytelling and talks about the Haftsin table, which will be traditionally set for Persian New Year.

10.30AM & 1.30PM: Storytelling

11.00 AM & 1 PM:  In-Exhibition talks