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Namvar Motlagh (left), the vice president of Iran’s cultural heritage and tourism organization, and the Jean-Luc Martinez, the director of the Louvre

Louvre Signs Historic Deal with Iran

The Louvre and Iran have negotiated an historic deal, according to the Art Newspaper’s Vincent Noce. Though the agreement has not yet been publicly announced by either party specifically, the deal was signed at the Elysée Palace and sets out “plans for exchanges of exhibitions, publications, scientific visits, and training sessions, as well as archeological digs” that will continue until 2019, as well as provisions to combat the looting of artifacts by profiteers.

Leading the new collaboration will be an exhibition on the Qajar Dynasty at the Louvre Lens, set to open in Spring of 2018. The Louvre may also take part in an archaeological research project in either Iran’s northern province of Khorasan or the city of Aveh.

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