The turmoil of Imam Khomeini and Hassan Abad Squares is so incredible that seldom one would notice the door of a unique museum in Sheikh Hadi Street
. According to Mehr News agency, Moqadam Museum
is located right amidst all this commotion. Yet, as soon as you put your foot into the entrance vestibule -hashti
-of the house, you immediately leave the everyday mechanical life behind. The walls do not allow all this commotion to enter the private enclosure of this house now called the most valuable house of the world.
It came to be known as such in 50s and 60s when Professor Pope, the American art historian wrote an article titled: Survey of Iranian Arts in Sepid-o-Siah magazine on this unique house and its valuable historical objects.The house belonged to Mohsen Moqadam the youngest son of Ehtesab-o-al-Molk, the mayor of Naser-aldin’s Shah’s era.
Mohsen loved painting since childhood. He studied painting at Kamal-ol-Molk School
. He can even be seen in Kamal-ol-Molk’s famous painting of his class. Later together with his brother Hassan, Mohsen was sent to Switzerland
to study painting. He returned to Iran
during the WWII, but left again, this time to study history and archaeology. On returning home he began to travel with archaeological groups to various historical sites such as Deylaman and Shush as a supervisor.
Mohsen Moqadam was one of the fist Iranian archaeologists who worked with great specialists of this field at several historical sites. He was the founder of Fine Art College and taught at Tehran
university. Together with his French wife, they decide to dedicate their lives to set up a museum of all the valuable objects on the verge of demolition.
The couple living in Moqadam’s building decided never to marry and instead consider the historical objects in their house as their children which they should look after and leave for the next generations.
The house now mentioned as Moqadam’s Museum was one of the luxurious houses of the Qajar period and has the two normally found sections in the old Iranian houses called biriouni (public wing) and andarouni (private wing).