AVANT-GARDE AND TRADITIONS IN THE AZERBAIJAN MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
The Azerbaijan Museum of Modern Art is located in the southern part of Baku. It was established in 2009 on the initiative of the first lady of the country Mehriban Aliyeva. The basis of the museum’s exposition is a collection of paintings and sculptures of the Azerbaijani avant-garde from the second half of the 20th century to the present day. Currently the museum has about 800 exhibits. These are Azerbaijani representatives of the figurative art (Huseyn Aliyev, Nadir Gasimov, Tahir Salakhov, Omar Eldarov) and the avant-garde movements (Ashraf Murad, Eldar Mammadov, Mir Nadir Zeynalov, Altay Sadikhzadeh). In accordance with the world art integrity, the museum also presents painting and sculpture works by contemporary artists of other countries. A separate hall also displays the classics of the Western avant-garde such as Picasso, Chagall and others. Even the building itself is an entire work of art. The museum exposition extends not only to the museum halls as it is, but also to the outside. This includes even the art cafe and restaurant belonging to the museum. In addition, the museum has a bookstore in fine arts and architecture, an exhibition hall, an art gallery and a video room. There is also a gallery of children’s art, as an example of a creative start. One of the parts of the museum’s exposition is devoted to the “unknown” art that appeared in the country during the Soviet period. If it were not for the activity of the museum, the names presented here could have been forgotten. The author of the architectural concept, the creator of the expositions and the curator of the collection is the Azerbaijani artist Altay Sadikhzadeh.