• New Exhibition: Human Search for Resources

The opening ceremonies were conducted online simultaneously at the National Museum of Iran, and Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum (The German Mining Museum in Bochum).

The exhibition hosted by the German Mining Museum in Bochum is titled “Death in Salt, an Archaeological Narrative of the Land of Persia” and the other is named “Human Search for Resources.”

Jebrael Nokandeh, the director of the National Museum, said: “The National Museum of Iran and the German Mining Museum in Bochum have cooperation in line with the MOU signed in 2017.” The two museums have sought to hold exhibitions of each other’s historical and cultural artifacts related to the subject of ancient mining.

He continued: “Due to the continuing limitations caused by the pandemic, the exhibitions will be accessible virtually simultaneously through the websites of both museums for visitors around the world.”

Regarding the exhibition of the Iranian collection, the official said: The virtual exhibition “Death in Salt, an Archaeological Narrative of the Land of Persia” deals with archeological research and findings of the Chehrabad salt mine in Zanjan, which is available on the German Mine Museum website in Bochum.

Regarding the exhibition “Human Search for Resources”, he said: The exhibition can be viewed online on the website of the National Museum of Iran. In this exhibition, more than 200 objects related to mining history from twenty countries of the world have been displayed. This collection covers a very long history starting with Paleolithic objects up to the contemporary period.

He reminded: These virtual exhibitions will be opened simultaneously in Iran and Germany with the presence of cultural officials of the two countries on April 7, 2021, at 18:30, and this ceremony will be covered live on the official Instagram page of the National Museum of Iran.

Explaining the goals of this virtual international cultural event, Nokandeh said: “Holding two-sided exhibitions became one of the important activities of the National Museum of Iran in recent years, and due to the pandemic and its limitations, the cooperation of museums has continued in a virtual format.” On the other hand, holding such events reflects the role of museums, that is, their healing presence in crises, which is to create a sense of calmness and security in the face of the shadow of bitter social experiences.