Contemporary Arts Museum Isfahan
This museum occupies a Safavid building, remodeled under the Qajars with lavish stucco moldings. The repetitive motif is flowers in vases - a Qajar innovation (seemingly, previous artists preferred flowers to fancily swirl and not to be confined in vases). The house served as a residence of Zel al-Sultan, the 19th century Esfahan's governor. However, some believe that he only kept his hunting trophies here.
At one time, the basement was used as a prison. Later, the building was occupied by government offices, until a museum was inaugurated here in 1997. Today it houses temporary exhibitions of Esfahan modern artists.