Plans for Iran exhibition at British Museum shelved as sponsor withdraws in aftermath of Twin Tower bombings

The exhibition, which would have highlighted the creative flourishing facilitated by members of Iranian royalty, may still become a reality in 2004 or 2005

The British Museum has postponed its forthcoming exhibition “Hunt for paradise: court arts of Safavid Iran 1501-76” because the sponsor has pulled out. Their offices were housed in one of New York’s Twin Towers and money must now be diverted to more immediate concerns. The exhibition was scheduled for early 2002 and was to concentrate on the reigns of two shahs, Isma’il, the founder of the Safavid dynasty, and his son, Tahmasp, whose patronage fostered an artistic flowering of great refinement. It is hoped that the exhibition will be held in 2004 or 2005.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'Sponsor pulls out of Iran exhibition at BM'