Baku, 27 June 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
PARTICIPATE Baku Public Art Festival 2013, a contemporary art fair that takes place in Azerbaijan, opened its doors on 12 March and will run until 12 September. Now in its second edition, the fair, which takes place in Baku, features ten commissioned works by Azerbaijani and international artists, and aims to question preconceptions about the role and relevance of public art in cities. The event also hopes to more broadly promote the work of Azerbaijani artists.
Participating local artists include Afet Baghirova and Chingiz Babayev, who are joined by Russian artist Naila Allakhverdiyeva and Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, who exemplify the fair’s international outlook.
The fair is organised by Yarat, a non-profit organisation that seeks to support and promote contemporary art in Azerbaijan.
Baku, 4 October 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Gazelli Art House is moving to Baku (capital city of Azerbaijan), therefore confirming the growing importance of the country’s art field.
The Gazelli Art House plans to open on 2 November in the latest cultural neighbourhood in Baku. The 6000-sqm exhibition space will be located at 93 Nazimi street, close to the Azerbaijan State Theatre of Young Spectators.
This opening confirms the growing importance of Azeri art, both a local expansion and a new space destined to international interests. For instance, in January of 2012, Phillips de Pury initiated “Fly to Baku”, an auction sale exclusively devoted to contemporary Azerbaijani art. Further to that sale, the capital city also launched its first public art festival in February.
The Gazelli Art House considers such an expansion an opportunity to bond with its roots again. Mila Askarova, head and founder of the Art House, was born and bred in Azerbaijan. She opened the Gazelli Art House in 2003 with a series of pop exhibits in Baku. The project resurfaced in London in 2010. “It will finally be the first commercial gallery in the country to focus on international artists. I’m thrilled to witness that and shall make sure our offerings will of be of the utmost quality”, said Askarova concerning her latest project (ArtInfo).
Baku, 26 January 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
A new art gallery opened in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, on 30 December 2011. Named “LN Art centre”, the gallery is under the management of artist Aysel Amirova and aims to promote local artists, to train new talent and to provide support to artists in organising exhibitions abroad. Artists will be selected by a jury.
Azerbaijan is a former Soviet Republic, at the crossroads between Europe and Asia. The country is known for its dynamic contemporary art community, of which Azerbaijan’s minister of Culture and Tourism is to take full advantage of in the promotion of the country. This determination to promote Azerbaijan was manifested in France in April 2011, when the Baku Museum of Contemporary Art put on an exhibition at the Hôtel d’Évreux in Paris entitled “Modern Works from Azerbaijan, land of Fire”.
In order to mark its opening, the LN Art Centre has organised an exhibition of 30 Azerbaijani artists, both established and emerging.