Jackson Pollock

Berlin calls off exhibition of modern art from Tehran museum

Plans for a major exhibition in Berlin of works from the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art have been scrapped because Iran hasn't granted permission for their export, the German capital's museum authority said Tuesday.

The exhibition was billed by German organizers as offering the first opportunity to see the works as a collection outside Iran since the 1979 revolution and as a "significant gesture of cultural diplomacy."

It was supposed to feature works by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Francis Bacon as well as Iranian modern artists including Faramarz Pilaram and Behjat Sadr.

The show originally was supposed to open at Berlin's Gemaeldegalerie on Dec. 4,...