February 18, 2019

An exhibition of unique works by Russian avant-garde artists is inaugurated at the Heydar Aliyev Centre

An exhibition entitled “At the Right Time. Russian avant-garde collections from Russia’s regional museums related to the period 1900 to 1930. Third Part” was inaugurated at the Heydar Aliyev Centre.


Rare avant-garde collection picked out at regional museums of Russia’s 17 cities are demonstrated at the exposition.


Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the exhibition’s opening ceremony.


Executive Director of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Anar Alakbarov, speaking at the opening ceremony, shared his opinion of the exhibition. Underscoring that a number of events took place in the cultural life of the country, Anar Alakbarov noted the Heydar Aliyev Centre has traditionally become a venue for holding such events. Events held here have always received high appreciation. Saying that this project had been worked on for a long time, the director expressed satisfaction with the realization of the project. Bringing to attention that this exhibition is being held for the first time in our country, he thanked Azerbaijan’s First Vice-president, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva and the Foundation’s Vice-president Leyla Aliyeva, for the support they have provided.


Saying the fact that the exhibition is inaugurated in February is not by accident, Anar Alakbarov said the 140th anniversary of Casimir Malevich - eminent representative of the classical avant-garde art, whose works are displayed at the exhibition - is celebrated in February.  


Anar Alakbarov emphasized the services of President of the Russian Jewish Communities Federation, General Director of the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre Alexander Boroda, and exhibition’s curator, art historian Andrey Sarabyanov in the realization of the project.


Alexander Boroda said demonstration of these works, taken from regional museums of Russia was made possible thanks to joint endeavours of the Heydar Aliyev Centre, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre and the Moscow Contemporary Art Museum. Alexander Boroda, noting that the centre he has been heading has for long years built fruitful cooperation with the Heydar Aliyev Centre, said: “We have been fully supporting the principles of mutual respect and tolerance of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation’s leadership". We have always approached the policy of tolerance pursued by the Azerbaijani President with great respect. We are confident such projects would be realized in future too”.


Saying “I am glad to see the Russian avant-garde in Baku”, curator Andrey Sarabyanov emphasized that it is not by accident that the exhibition’ is held in Baku. The uniqueness of this exhibition is that works by little-known artists too are displayed here. Then, he thanked the organizers of the exhibition.


After the speeches, guests became familiarized with the works being demonstrated at the exhibition.


Works by classics that have made significant contribution to the history of the avant-garde art, such as Casimir Malevich, Vasiliy Kandinsky, Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Tatlin, Alexander Exter, Mark Chagall, as well as examples from the creativities of Victor Bart, Aleksey Grishenko, Aleksey Morgunov, Sergey Romanovich, Pavel Mansurov are presented at the exhibition. Displaying 60 works in total, the exhibition combines the exhibits of the exhibitions “At the Right Time. First Part” and “At the Right Time. Second Part”, demonstrated in Moscow in 2016 and 2017, covering the period starting from the Russian avant-garde’s formation early in 1900s until its decline in the middle of 1930s. The basic idea of the project is to present works by famous, little-known and, in general, unknown avant-garde artists preserved in the collections of Russia’s regional museums, and display the basic styles dominating the first 30 years of the 20th century in the Russian art.


The exposition will be open at the Heydar Aliyev Centre till May 5th.