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  • August 11, 2018 News & Events 16923

    Tehran prepares to show the world Shah’s secret Picassos

    A Dutch curator has been invited by Iran to conduct what he calls “contemporary archaeology”, cataloguing its huge collection of modern art, including dozens of works by Picasso. The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is planning a big exhibition next year to showcase pieces held in its vaults as well as works by Iranian and foreign artists. Its intended scale is a sign of Iran’s growing acceptance of and appetite for modern art, despite its conservative clerical leadership. Farah Pahlavi, the wife of the former shah, was an avid collector of…
  • May 24, 2018

    Refugees International 39th Anniversary Dinner, Washington D.C.

    Her Majesty Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Mrs. Annie Totah, & Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota at Refugees International 39th Anniversary Dinner, Washington D.C. April 24, 2018
  • May 09, 2018

    The Phillips Collection Annual Gala, Washington

    Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi at the Phillips Collection Annual Gala, Washington, with Mr. Dani Levinas, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Phillips Collection, and Mrs. Annie Totah. Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi with Lobbyist and fundraiser Mr. Tony Podesta at the Philips Collection Gala, Washington D.C., 2018 Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi, Mrs. Annie Totah and Chairman of the board of trustees of the Phillips Collection Mr. Dani Levinas, 2018 Phillips Collection Gala.
  • May 07, 2018

    Ensemble-in-Residence at the Washington National Cathedral

    On Saturday, April 28, 2018, Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi attended the Gala concert and dinner celebrating PostClassical Ensemble’s first year as Ensemble-in-Residence at the Washington National Cathedral. For the event, the cathedral’s huge nave was turned into a banquet room alongside a concert hall. The featured soloist was pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen. Her Majesty Farah with Mrs. Annie Totah, Honorary Chairperson for the First Annual Post Classical Ensemble Gala
  • Apr 29, 2018

    First Ever Release of 1978 Farah Choir Recording

    Payvand.com - "After 40 years, a never-before-heard recording of the Farah Choir, which was supported by the former queen of Persia Farah Diba (Pahlavi), has been released in Europe. The release of the recording, which contains seven Persian folk songs, was planned for 1978, but was halted due to the Islamic Revolution"."In 1973, Farah Pahlavi Charity Foundation commissioned Evlin Baghcheban to establish a conservatory of music in Tehran for orphan children. In this school, Ms. Baghcheban…
  • Mar 06, 2018

    The Negarestan Museum of 18th and 19th Century Iranian Art

    The Negārestān Museum was inaugurated on April 23rd, 1975 (24 Farvardīn, 1354) by Their Majesties Empress Farah and the late Moḥammad Reza Pahlavi. M. Pirnia, “Monarch, Empress Open 'Most Precious Museum'” from Kayhan International, Tehran, April 23, 1975. View of the grounds of Kakh e Marmar Palace, the former Negārestān Museum circled in red, and the Qurʾān Museum, Tehran, Iran (map in the public domain; Google Maps) The Negārestān Museum was situated in downtown Tehran, in a park adjoining…
  • Dec 28, 2017

    Exhibition « Chrétiens d'Orient. 2000 ans d'histoire »

    Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi attended the exhibition « Chrétiens d'Orient. 2000 ans d'histoire » at the 'l'Institut du Monde Arabe' hosted by Mr. Jack Lang, President of the Institute.
  • Dec 25, 2017

    Charles De Gaulle Memorial

    On 20 December 2017, The Charles De Gaulle Memorial received Her Majesty The Empress of Iran, Farah Pahlavi. After a lunch in which she was able to rediscover the dishes that had been served on Her official trip in 1961, The Empress gathered on the general's tomb before discovering the boisserie as well as permanent and temporary exhibitions of the memorial. , which is visible until 30 December.
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    Oct 09, 2017

    A Queen’s Life!

    Washington’s social season officially began in late September with a Gala Tribute Dinner to honor one of the Twentieth Century’s most respected women, Her Imperial Majesty Farah Pahlavi, the former Shahbanu (Empress) of Iran. Almost two hundred select members from Washington’s most respected and fashionable families gathered at the Potomac, Maryland, home of renowned philanthropist and Chairwoman Extraordinaire Annie Totah, to welcome the Empress and her Royal Family with an evening of…
  • Oct 05, 2017

    Party with Purpose

    His Imperial Highness Prince Reza Pahlavi, Her Imperial Majesty Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi, Her Imperial Highness Princess Noor Pahlavi, Her Imperial Highness Princess Iman Pahlavi and Her Imperial Highness Princess Farahnaz Pahlavi at Acumen Young Benefactors’ Bash organized by Her Imperial Highness Princess Noor Pahlavi on Thursday, September 28, 2017 in New York City. Acumen is an organization, which is truly changing the way the world attacks poverty. Through its investments acumen allows…
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    Aug 01, 2017

    Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi of Iran expresses 'gratitude' towards Egyptians

    CAIRO - 30 July 2017: On January 16, 1979, the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi left Tehran after being overthrown by the Iranian Islamic revolution. The airplanes carrying Shah Pahlavi and his family, including his wife, Empress Farah Diba took off from Tehran airport and headed to Aswan International Airport in southern Egypt, where they were received by the late President Mohammed Anwar Sadat, and his wife Mrs. Jehan Sadat. Therefore, on the 37th anniversary of the death of her husband the…
  • Jul 26, 2017

    Why the Empress of Iran's lost $4 billion modern art collection is coming to light

    Visitors at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art view a rarely seen Picasso from a collection amassed by deposed Empress Farah Pahlavi. Kaveh Kazemi In 1974, the Shah of Iran and his impossibly glamorous wife, the Empress Farah Pahlavi, flew into Canberra to begin a state visit. They were greeted by governor-general Sir John Kerr and his daughter, prime minister Gough Whitlam and his wife, all bows and curtsies, and a 21-gun salute. It was the start of a wildly successful tour, with the Shah…
  • May 07, 2017

    Visit to Untermeyer Gardens

    Mr. Stephen F. Byrns, the President of Untermeyer Gardens Conservancy located in Yonkers, NY, invited Her Imperial Majesty Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi and some guests to a private tour of this, perhaps the greatest Persian Garden in the Western Hemisphere. Included as part of the welcoming committee was Mr. Stephen S. Lash, the Vice-Chair of Untermeyer Gardens. Yonkers, NY - April 29, 2017Pictures by: Mr. Jonathan Wallen
  • Apr 18, 2017

    A public lecture at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

    At the invitation of Dr. Layla S. Diba, Her Imperial Majesty attended a public lecture at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. on Tuesday April 11, 2017. The lecture was entitled “Kamal al-Molk and the Invention of the Modern Iranian Landscape”. In attendance also were Robert Newlen, Deputy Librarian Library of Congress, Dr, Joan Weeks, Dr. Mary Jane Deeb and Hirad Diravani, Reference Librarian of the Iranian World Collections, African and Middle Eastern Division, Near East Section. Dr.…
  • Jan 15, 2017

    Foundation Stephane Bern pour l histoire et le Patrimoine

    HIM Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi with Princess Noor at the Foundation Stephane Bern pour l histoire et le Patrimoine Photo by Luc Castel
  • Oct 12, 2016

    The Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Leka of Albania

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    Her Imperial Majesty Farah Pahlavi Attends The Royal Wedding Of HRH Prince Leka of Albania TIRANA, ALBANIA - Oct 7, 2016
  • Oct 06, 2016

    Claude Pompidou’s Foundation for Seniors and Alzheimer

    Her Imperial Majesty Empress Farah Pahlavi at Claude Pompidou’s Foundation for Seniors and Alzheimer in Nice, September 2016
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    Sep 27, 2016

    THE NOAH ARCH EXHIBITION ORGANIZED BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS IN PARIS

    Her Imperial Majesty Farah Pahlavi attends the Noah Arch Exhibition Organized by Van Cleef & Arpels in Paris. Mr. Bob Wilson and Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi at the Noah Arch Exhibition organized by Van Cleef & Arpels in Paris September 2, 2016. Mr. Wilson is renowned theatre director who first came to Iran in 1972 for The Shiraz Festival Of Art. Mr. Van Cleef was the designer of the Shahbanou's Crown in 1967.
  • Sep 25, 2016

    THE RENE MAGRITTE EXHIBITION, CENTRE POMPIDOU, PARIS

    Her Imperial Majesty Farah Pahlavi at the Rene Margritte exhibition, Centre Pompidou, Paris September 2016
  • Apr 23, 2016

    Nowruz Commission Gala in Washington, DC 2016

    Her Imperial Majesty Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi at 2016 Nowruz Commission Gala in Washington, DC
  • Apr 23, 2016

    Farah Diba Pahlavi: an exile from a collection

    Former Empress of Iran Farah Pahlavi at Anselm Kiefer’s retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, December 2015. Photo: Shahla Dadsetan As the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art’s enviable collection prepares to travel to Germany next year, the former empress of Iran reflects on the turbulence her country has faced in recent years—and her contribution to its cultural life. Thirty-seven years after her husband, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919-80), was deposed and the Islamic Republic of Iran…
  • Nov 21, 2015

    The "Look Women Of The Year Awards"

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    Her Imperial Majesty Farah Pahlavi recipient of this years’ Hope Award at The Look! Women of the Year Awards, Vienna November 17, 2015
  • Nov 18, 2015

    The World’s Great Collections of Modern Art

    Inside the rotunda of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, a circular walkway spirals down from the street level, like an underground version of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum in New York. A series of galleries branches out from there, giving up astonishing secrets from one of the finest—if forgotten—collections of 20th century art in the world. A show this fall included abstract expressionist paintings by Kandinsky, Motherwell, Pollock, Rothko, and Stella, to name just a few from the…
  • Nov 12, 2015

    Iran Set to Unveil Collection of Western Art Largely Unseen Since 1979 Revolution

    Left, Mark Rothko, Sienna, Orange and Black on Dark Brown, 1962; Right, Andy Warhol, Suicide (Purple Jumping Man), 1965. Courtesy of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. Warhol, Pollock, Rothko—you name it. A legendary exhibition draws from a collection worth $3 billion. Plus: the former empress of Iran reacts to the news. It’s a collection that includes artworks by Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollock, Alberto Giacometti, Willem de Kooning, René Magritte, and many others.…
  • Oct 27, 2015

    LUNGEVITY CELEBRATION OF HOPE!

    LUNGEVITY CELEBRATION OF HOPE! Washington DC. Oct 27, 2015 Travis Holler, Bisnow On Friday night we went to Mellon Auditorium for the annual LUNGevity Musical Celebration of Hope Gala as philanthropists, executives and policymakers supported lung cancer research and programs to save lives and offer new hope. We snapped Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran with patron Annie Simonian Totah. LUNGevity supports patients fighting lung cancer, and provides a support system for survivors. Here, patrons Ann…
  • Mar 05, 2015

    'Talking to the Trees-Retour a la Vie' Paris screening at Cinema l'Arlequin

    Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi attends the 'Talking to the Trees-Retour a la Vie' Paris screening at Cinema l'Arlequin on March 2, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff/Dufour/Getty Images) Credit: Rindoff/Dufour
  • Feb 18, 2015

    H.I.M. Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi visit to Cairo February 2015

    H.I.M. Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi visited Cairo February 2015 to pay her respects at the temporary tomb of H.I.M. the Late Shah of Iran. Before going to El Refaeie Mosque and accompanied by Mrs. Jehan Sadat, Shahbanou laid a wreath at the grave of the late President Sadat of Egypt. H.I.M. Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi at the tomb of HIM the Late Shah, February 15, 2015 Shahbanou and Mrs. Sadat at the tomb of the unknown soldier and the late President Sadat
  • Feb 10, 2015

    Press conference at Galerie Mensing in Berlin, Germany

    Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi attends a press conference at Galerie Mensing on February 5, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The Shahbanou was in Berlin to present five different lithographs of her creation to be auctioned for charity. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)Credit: Christian Marquardt
  • Aug 26, 2014

    National Museum of Women in the Art

    On April 25, 2014, the National Museum of Women in the Arts celebrated its 27th Anniversary with a black- tie Gala and Auction entitled: Nine Thousand and Nine Hundred Nights...A Special Night to Salute You! Our Patrons, Our Members, and Our Friends. Upon arrival, guests had the opportunity to view Work by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts, an exhibition which provided a rare look at superlative examples of two centuries of American and European quilt making from the Brooklyn Museum’s…
  • Jul 23, 2014

    The 'Art Lovers' Exhibition In Monte-Carlo

    Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi attends the 'Art Lovers' : Exhibition In Monte-Carlo 15 Jul 2014 HSH Prince Albert II and the collector François Pinault officially opened the exhibition Artlovers in presence of numerous personalities and more than a thousand guests. Mr. and Mrs. Pinault were accompanied on their visit by Martin Bethenod, curator of the exhibition, and Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi. Photos JC Vinaj / GFM
  • Jun 04, 2014

    The Bernadotte Art Awards 2014

    Empress Farah Pahlavi with granddaughter Princess Noor of Iran at the Bernadotte Art Awards 2014 Empress Farah Pahlavi and her granddaughter Princess Noor of Iran arrive for the Bernadotte Art Awards 2014 at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm, 02 June 2014. Photo: Albert Nieboer / NETHERLANDS
  • Jun 03, 2014

    Princess Bernadotte’s 90th Birthday Celebration

    At the invitation of Princess Marianne Bernadotte, Countess of Weisberg, Her Imperial Majesty Empress Farah Pahlavi and her granddaughter Princess Noor attended Princess Bernadotte’s 90th Birthday Celebration as well as the annual Bernadotte Art Awards Ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • May 21, 2014

    Empower Iranian people to promote secular democracy

    Iran's exiled Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi (center) greets well-wishers after speaking at a meeting of the Gold Coast chapter of the Tiger Bay Club on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the City Fish Market in West Boca. (May 20, 2014) WEST BOCA - A Boca-based institute aimed at turning Iran into a secular democracy made its public debut with aristocratic bearing Tuesday bringing the exiled crown prince of Iran to speak. Reza Pahlavi, 53, will be the figurehead for the Institute for an Open Society in the…
  • Mar 26, 2014

    THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS “A THOUSAND YEARS OF THE PERSIAN BOOK” EXHIBITION

    By invitation of the Librarian of Congress, the Honorable Dr. James H. Billington, Her Majesty Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi attended the opening reception for the exhibition of “A Thousand Years of the Persian Book” at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on March 26, 2014. To mark the occasion, Her Imperial Majesty’s gift to the Library of Congress consisting of an aerial photo “Tomb of Cyrus the Great” by the renowned Georg Gerster was presented to the Honorable Dr. James Billington. Dr.…
  • Mar 16, 2014

    Nowruz Commission Gala 2014

    On Saturday March 15, 2014, Nowruz Commission held its fifth annual gala at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington DC. Five hundred guests representing seventeen countries and communities celebrated the arrival of spring, rebirth of the nature and the renewal of the bonds of friendship.
  • Mar 12, 2014

    The 2014 Charlie Award.

    Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi has been named the recipient of the 2014 Charlie Award. The Charlie Award – A drapery filled with knowledgeSince more than seven years, the Campus Symposium has welcomed successful and famous speakers with experiences in the field of culture, economic, and politics in the region of Südwestfalen. Since its premiere in 2005, the Campus Symposiumhas become not only the principal business conference in Germany, but also one of the most outstanding in Europe. In this case,…
  • Feb 13, 2014

    Princess Noor Pahlavi makes Cover of French Magazine Point De Vue

    Princess Noor Pahlavi makes Cover of French Weekly Magazine Point De Vue for it’s Valentine’s Edition dated 12th February 2014
  • Dec 26, 2013

    The première of the movie "Syngué Sabour" in Paris

    L'Impératrice Farah Pahlavi au côté de l'actrice Golshifteh Farahani lors de l'avant-première du film Syngué Sabour (Pierre de Patience cette pierre magique que l’on pose devant soi pour lui souffler tous ses secrets, ses malheurs, ses souffrances… Jusqu’à ce qu’elle éclate ! ) à l'UGC des Halles à Paris, le 14 février 2013. Tout comme Golshifteh Farahani, l'impératrice est en exil, depuis 1979 et la révolution qui contraignit le Chah à quitter le pays avec sa famille, avant la mort de ce…
  • Jul 16, 2012

    Persian fundraising project, "Musee de la Castre", Cannes, France

    Persian fundraising project, "Musee de la Castre", Cannes, France
  • Jun 18, 2012

    Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran at Bernadotte Arts Awards

    PRINCE SIGVARD & MARIANNE BERNADOTTE ARTS AWARDS - Stockholm June 7, 2012 As a guest of honor, and upon the invitation of Princess Marianne Bernadotte, Countess of Weisberg, Her Imperial Majesty The Shahbanou of Iran attended the 30th Anniversary of Bernadotte Arts Awards Gala Dinner on June 7th, 2012, in Stockholm, Sweden. His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Queen Noor of Jordan were also amongst the guests. Princess Marianne established the Marianne and Sigvard Bernadotte Arts…
  • May 27, 2012

    Guest of honor at an event at the Washington Life Magazine

    Washington Life Magazine coverage of 2012 Iranian New Year (Nowrouz) in the presents of H.I.M. Empress Farah Pahlavi, Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi and wife Princess Yasmine Pahlavi of Iran. Washington DC – U.S.A. Empress Farah Pahlavi, Admiral Robert Harward, Bijan Kian, Gissou KianPhoto by: Kyle Samperton - Washington Life Magazine View more pictures from this event
  • May 09, 2012

    Guest of honor at the Chirac Foundation

    19th annual concert seasons of solidarity organized by the Foundation Chirac. Paris (France). Photo: Princess Ira Furstenberg, Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi, Dominique Ouattara, First Lady of Cote d'Ivoire, Mrs. Bernadette Chirac and Cyril Bailleul Photo: Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran, Ms. Dominique Ouattara and Mrs. Bernadette Chirac. The First Lady of Cote d'Ivoire, Ms. Dominique Ouattara is the guest of honor at the 19th annual concert seasons of solidarity organized by the Fondation Chirac in…
  • Dec 23, 2011

    The Shah and Shahbanou inaugurate the steel industry complex of Isfahan

    The establishment of an iron and steel plant had been in the mind of Iranians since the early decade of the 20th century. The first attempt was made in the late 1930s during the reign of H.I.M.Reza Shah Pahlavi with the assistance of German companies, since no other country would help at the time. But the outbreak of World War II brought the construction works to a standstill and the project was never completed. Almost two decades after World War II due to speedy recovery in the economic…
  • Jul 06, 2011

    Monaco's Royal Wedding

    Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi of Iran was amongst the numerous royal guests and heads of states invited at Monaco's Royal Wedding. Also Present was Prince Karim Aga Khan also of Persian ancestry. Her Majesty chose to wear an elegant green dress and headscarf for the occasion. Prince Albert II of Monaco has married South African former swimmer Charlene Wittstock in a religious ceremony, after Friday's civil wedding. Some 3,500 guests,including royalty and celebrities, attended the event at the Place…
  • May 19, 2011

    Georg Gerster’s Photographs from Paradise Lost: Persia

    Her Majesty Empress Farah Pahlavi Celebrated Georg Gerster’s Photographs from Paradise Lost: Persia from Above at: Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, Saturday, April 4th - New York From left to write: Maryam Sachs, Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi, Swiss photographer Georg Gerster in front of his aerial picture of Mount Damavand Photo by KA Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller welcomed Her Majesty Empress Farah Pahlavi, and many others from America and around the world for a cocktail reception and book…
  • Jan 14, 2011

    Memorial Ceremony For Shahpour Alireza Pahlavi

    Official Announcement from the Secretariats of Reza Pahlavi and Farah Pahlavi: Memorial Ceremony For Shahpour Alireza Pahlavi January 13th, 2011 We hereby inform our compatriots and friends that a memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at three o'clock in the afternoon at The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland. We appreciate your cooperation with the rules and guidelines provided outlined below. The Secretariat of Reza Pahlavi & The Secretariat of Farah Pahlavi…
  • Dec 30, 2010

    New Twitter page of Empress Farah Pahlavi

    New Twitter page of Her Majesty Empress Farah Pahlavi of IRAN Please join us on Twitter http://twitter.com/EmpressFarah
  • Jan 13, 2010

    Iranian Photo Journalism Exhibit in Paris

    EMPRESS OF THE ARTS ! Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi at Iranian Photo Journalism Exhibit in Paris (2010) The Monnaie de Paris and its CEO Mr. Christophe Beaux were very honored to welcome Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi yesterday. Her Majesty attended the photography exhibition “Iran 1979-2009: Between Hope and Chaos”.The exhibit presented more than 60 photographs by 20 artists from three generations. Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi was greatly moved by both the historic and the artistic aspects of the show.…
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