For the first time since the 1970s, a major painting is being allowed to leave Iran. The painting titled “Mural on Indian Red Ground” by famous U.S. artist Jackson Pollock is on loan to The Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art. The museum celebrates Pollack’s 100th birth year with an exhibition titled “Jackson Pollock: A Centennial Retrospective.” The painting, which is valued at $250 million, was originally purchased by Empress Farah, the wife of Iran’s Shah Pahlavi, in 1976. Since the Shah of Iran was overthrown in 1979, the painting was in possession of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.
The exhibition, which opened on February 10th, will end on May 6th, 2012, and will include Jackson Pollock’s 70 other works.