For the past twenty years Lala Rokh has shared with you our family’s collections of different aspects of Persian art. Initially we hung Persian calligraphy from the 8th and 9th centuries, miniature paintings of the 15th to 17th centuries as well as maps and views made by European visitors to Iran from the 16th to 19th centuries. Subsequently we exhibited a small sample of the rich tradition of Qajar photography of the 19th-century, a subject barely explored by scholarship so far.
With the re-opening of Lala Rokh we now share with you the most recent aspects of our collections: Contemporary Iranian photographs and paintings by artists—particularly women artists—living in Iran today. Each dining room is devoted to a particular artist or a theme and we urge you to explore them all. We are planning to rotate the installation periodically to show you a wide range of incredibly talented artists.
Through our cuisine as well as our art collection we want to create for you an ambience unlike any other restaurant and provide our clients a glimpse into the complexity of Persian culture.
Although the pictures on the walls are from our private collection and are not available for sale, we introduced our friends at the Robert Klein Gallery (38 Newbury Street, 4th floor, Boston, MA 02116; phone: 617.267.7997) to a number of the photographers represented in our collection. The Klein Gallery in consultation with Azita hosts regular exhibitions of contemporary Iranian photographers at both their Newbury Street gallery as well as their satellite location at Ars Libri, Ltd., 500 Harrison Avenue in the South End. Feel free to contact them if you are interested in starting your own collection.