Bust to Azim Azimzadeh

Bust to Azim Azimzadeh, famous Azerbaijani caracaturist, was open in the ancient part of Baku – in the “Icheri sheher” State Historical and Architectural Reserve. The author of the monument is the famous Azerbaijani sculptor Omar Eldarov. The author created the whole composition, adding to the bust of the caricaturist artist the figures created on the basis of the heroes of the works of Azim Azimzade, who in his work appealed to the customs and traditions of the Azerbaijani people, social contradictions, folklore, fairy tales and oral folk art.

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Works on the installation of a monument to a famous artist in the park near the Palace of the Republic – Palace of Heydar Aliyev were started in the late 1980s, but the official opening took place only in March 2002. The opening ceremony was timed to coincide with the visit to Baku of the world-famous musician Mistislav Rostropovich.

New composition looks alive and realistic, like the pictures of Azim Azimzade. Omar Eldarov managed to convey the spirit and color of the heroes of the legendary cartoonist.

Azim Azimzadeh was a master of the satirical drawing and he made a deep impression on the development of Azerbaijani graphics, enriching the tradition with a huge variety of images and styles. His paintings and graphics have a distinct aesthetic, embracing both the traditions of Tabriz miniatures and the principles of contemporary realism. Through the Soviet era, Azimzadeh was an educator in modern style and fostered new artists.

The memory of Azim Azimzade is still honoured. The Azerbaijan State Art School, which he directed, was named after him (it is now a college within the Azerbaijan State Academy of Art), a street in Baku also carries his name and the first house museum in Azerbaijan was opened to commemorate his life.

At present A. Azimzade’s works are adorned with museums and private collections in Azerbaijan and around the world.

Bust to Azim Azimzadeh
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