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Timeline of Iranian Art & History
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 8000 BC 21st Century
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Last Updated: October, 2009
Partition

1980

Abolhassan Bani Sadr is elected president of the Republic, but Khomeini removes him from power in 1981. After his successor is killed in a bombing, Ali Khamenei (born 1939) is elected president.

1989
Shortly before his death, Ayatollah Khomeini issues a fatwa calling on Muslims to kill author Salman Rushdie (born 1947), who is accused of being disrespectful of Islam in his novel The Satanic Verses.
1995 The United States imposes a total ban on trade with Iran.
1997

The election of Muhammad Khatami (born 1943) to the presidency allows for greater cultural and economic exchange with the United States and Europe. Khatami initiates the "dialogue of civilizations."
1999 Students hold demonstrations at Tehran University, demanding greater freedom of expression.
2000 Reformist newspapers are banned.
2001


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The exhibition Iranian Contemporary Art, curated by Rose Issa and Ru'in Pakbaz, opens at the Barbican Centre in London. In the same year, the first loan exhibition of Iranian art since the 1979 revolution opens at the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C. Organized in collaboration with the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, the exhibition is titled A Breeze from the Gardens of Persia: New Art from Iran.
   
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