Appropriating a French model in Iran? The architect André Godard (1881–1965) and the conception of Iranian museums
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Publisher: École du Louvre
keywordsheritage, architecture, museology, archives, Iran, André Godard
The history of museums in Iran began in the second half of the nineteenth century and experienced its most significant phase in the 1930s, when the Mūze-ye Irān-e Bāstān, the national archaeological museum designed by the French architect André Godard (1881–1965), was inaugurated. Located in Teheran, the emblematic monument incarnates a period of modernisation and exacerbated nationalism during the reign of Reza Shah Pahlavi (r. 1925–41). The Godard collection, kept in the Musée du Louvre, teaches us about the memorial and patrimonial policies established in Iran between 1928 and 1960 and whose mark is still tangible today.