War amulet, 1800s, Persia, Powerhouse Collection
This exhibition has ended.
What's On:

Clay Dynasty

11 October 2021 – 29 January 2023

Major exhibition to chart the diversity of studio ceramics in Australia – a collaboration with Aileen Sage Architects, AX Interactive, supported by Brickworks.

Propagandist Strategy or Artistic Agency?

15 October 2022, 11am – 12pm

A panel of specialists in Persian art, material culture, carpet weaving and Islamic art and architecture will discuss the significance of a unique pictorial Persian Dorokhsh carpet, showcased for the first time in Weavers, Merchants and Kings, an exhibition celebrating Cadrys 70th Anniversary, on now at Powerhouse Ultimo.

Electric Keys

11 October 2021 – 27 November 2022

Keyboards from the 20th century that famously contributed to jazz, pop, rock, soul and prog-rock. Powerhouse Ultimo, 11 October 2021 – 2 October 2022.
Closed exhibition


Finished 8 August 2021
Powerhouse Museum

Iranzamin (Land of the Persians) is the first survey exhibition of Persian arts and crafts acquired by the Powerhouse Museum since its founding in 1880. It explores the stories behind rarely seen artefacts from the middle of the 19th century to now, shedding light on the diverse social and cultural history of Persia – today’s Iran – and its people.

The exhibition examines how objects inspired by traditional arts and crafts were used in Persian society, focusing on seven themes: Joy and Happiness; Purification and Cleansing; Spirituality and Devotion; Poetry and Calligraphy; Rituals and Performance; Patronage and Craftsmanship; Nature and Design. Iranzamin encompasses a diversity of materials and techniques, including hand-woven crafts, carpets and rugs; arms and armour; glass, ceramics and tiles; textiles, embroidery and foundry.

Iranzamin examines how the influence of Persia, situated between two major trade routes – the Silk Road and the Indian Ocean – spread out into the world. Special attention is paid to the influence of Persian culture on non-Iranian craftsmen and artists such as Australian painter and textile designer Florence Broadhurst. This includes original Broadhurst wallpaper prints titled Persian Phoenix (Simorgh), Persian Birds, and Persian Pomegranates and Flowers.

Discover More

Request a copy of the large print guide upon arrival, or print it out before you arrive.


Highlights from the Iranzamin exhibition

The Powerhouse Museum holds a large and significant collection of Persian objects that have been created over many centuries since the Safavid period (1501-1736)

Back to top of page