February 10, 2013

An exhibition of “YARAT” Modern Art Space in London

A special review of samples of modern art and a party was held, February 10, at the “Christie`s” Auction in London, with support from the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and  joint organizational assistance by the Auction and “YARAT” Modern Art Space.

Influential persons of Azerbaijan and the Great Britain, members of parliament, public figures, persons of culture and guests coming from around the world were present at the exhibition.

Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva addressed the ceremony.

Address by Leyla Aliyeva:

- Esteemed Guests!

Dear Friends!

First of all, I would like to thank for the hospitality we have seen in London and at the “Christie`s”.

The exhibition “Flight to Baku” was first organized in London, then in Paris, Berlin and this week in Moscow. This was big achievement, and we are planning to hold this exhibition in Rome. The exhibition is comprised of video materials, samples of painting, pictures, samples of sculpture and photo. I hope this exhibition will contribute to better studying the Azerbaijani art.

Most of the artists participating in the exhibition are, at the same time, represented at active organizations. One of these organizations is “YARAT” Modern Art Space, of which exhibition we have gathered here for today. Personally, I feel very proud of it and am very pleased that the organization’s image is rising day-by-day. The organization has been supporting Azerbaijani artists, and it has done a great work to promote them and popularize our national art at the international level.

I’m very much interested in art and like drawing pictures and taking an interest in art. While in London, I visit the National Gallery, and this is one of my favourite places. London is considered one of the significant centres of world art. I’m very glad we have started these projects just in this city. For example, a year ago, we started publishing the international edition of the “Baku” magazine. In that magazine, a number of pages we have devoted to different art projects and upcoming art events. We have provided a vast space to world-renowned artists, including George Condo, Tahir Salahov etc. on our magazine’s pages. So far 6 editions of the magazine have been printed, and I hope our magazine will greatly contribute to studying the Azerbaijani art and, in general, our country.

Azerbaijan is a country, where the West meets the East and the past meets the present. Azerbaijan is a place, where different cultures, traditions and religions meet, and this creates its miracle.  We have gathered here today to the mark art and creativity. I would like to thank Lord Linley  and “Christie`s” for hosting this significant event. I’m confident this cooperation is of great importance and it will develop further. I know majority of those participating in this event have already been to Azerbaijan. I hope they enjoyed having visited our country.  I would like to take this opportunity to invite each of you to once again visit Azerbaijan.

Thank you very much and I wish all of you to enjoy your evening.

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