President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva acquainted themselves with the exhibitions “Karabakh is a pearl of the Azerbaijani culture” and “Again in the native land. Karabakh’s pearls of art”, organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation within the Vagif’s Poetry Days held in Shusha, August 30.
President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva first viewed the exhibition entitled “Karabakh is a pearl of the Azerbaijani culture” in the Shusha Art Gallery.
Karabakh has an old history as the hub of Azerbaijan’s art and culture. Museums that were looted during the occupation period housed valuable historical and cultural samples, world renowned Azerbaijani carpets and memorial items belonging to eminent persons of Azerbaijan, as well as other valuable exhibits. Those destroyed treasures were examples of not only Azerbaijani, but also world culture.
Examples of painting and sculpture being showcased at the exhibition takes visitors to joyful and grievous, real and fantastic, open and hidden, colourful and monochrome world. The main origin of inspiration in the artworks being exhibited here is Karabakh. An historical land of Azerbaijan, Karabakh has for long years had great influence on the world view of artists and sculptors of different generations and trends by its unique atmosphere.
At the exhibition held with the organizational support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, artworks of Boyukagha Mirzazadeh, Toghrul Narimanbeyov, Maral Rahmanzadeh, Nadir Abdurrahmanov, Mikayil Abdullayev, Ujal Hagverdiyev, Museyib Amirov and other renowned artists of Azerbaijan are showcased. Landscapes of Karabakh, its monuments, carpets, horses, mugham and subjects related to the victory in the Karabakh War have been widely presented at the exhibition. At the exhibition, where over sixty artworks are exhibited, such examples of artworks as “Majlisi-uns” by People’s Artist Altay Hajiyev, “Yukhary Dashalty” by People’s Artist Sattar Bahlulzadeh, “Richness of Karabakh” by Honoured Artist Inna Kostina, “Kharybulbul” by Leyla Aliyeva, as well as sculptures “Karabakh Horse” by Faig Hajiyev, “The Beauty of Karabakh” by Orkhan Nabizadeh and other artworks are demonstrated.
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Then President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva acquainted themselves with the exhibition “Again in the native land. Karabakh’s pearls of art“ at the Carpet Gallery in Shusha, restored and repaired by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. High pile and low pile carpets, carpet products, national embroidery and garment sets, as well as artistic metal examples are showcased at the exhibition presented by the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum with the organizational support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. There are also carpet examples included in the collection of the National Azerbaijani History Museum at the exhibition.
Majority of the exhibits that are again showcased in their native land were brought to Baku from the Shusha branch of the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum during the First Karabakh War. One can see samples of Karabakh carpets related to various districts that are highly valued for centuries and are listed among rare pearls of foreign museums and personal collections. The collection of carpets includes also carpets with stamp pattern reflecting the lifestyle of the population engaged in cattle breeding here, as well as carpets with “Nabatı’ pattern and carpets with plot, embodying the town culture, weaved in professional shops, such as “Varni”, “Zili”, “Chelebi”, “Lampa”, “Malybeyli”, “Gasymushaghy”, “Ayan Mejlisi” etc. The carpet-rug set “Lampa” is among exhibits arousing special interest by its size, perfect compositional structure and colours. Thus, the exhibition “Again in the native land. Karabakh’s pearls of art“ allows to sense the spirit of the old land, lifestyle of people that have for centuries lived and created here, their aesthetic taste, artistic worldview of artisans, and to travel to those historical periods.
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An exhibition entitled “Memory. Photographic history” was organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation within the framework of the Vagif’s Poetry Days. The photo-exhibition embodies Azerbaijan’s old history, rich culture, beautiful nature, and traditions. Armenia has committed an act of vandalism against our cultural heritage, historical and architectural monuments on the territories they had once kept under occupation. Historical and cultural objects, religious shrines were destroyed by the enemy, and a number of districts and cities were razed to the ground.
Visitors are shown also photos related to savagery and destructions committed by Armenians in the districts and cities liberated from occupation. There are also photos at the exhibition reflecting the crimes committed by Armenia against civilians during the Patriotic War.