Museum of Modern Art in Baku, Azerbaijan has been opened in Baku by the initiative of first lady Mehriban Aliyeva and with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Fund. The museum basis – is the collection of the best works of painting and sculpture of Azerbaijan avant-guardists from 2nd half of the 20th century up to now. The collection shows aspirations, strivings and freedom of human soul.
Museum of Modern Art in Baku is designed as a single organism combining art and sculpture, design and architecture.
The author of the museum concept, architecture and design, the collection and exposition selection is the artist Altay Sadikh-zadeh. The main idea assumes the following: the halls without an angle, open passages make the review perspective and multidimensional and creates the effect of labyrinth; the bending walls in different angles make an illusion of continuous movement. There are no confined spaces in the museum. A two-storey building is designed as a whole with an architectural linking device – an art-object of “forgotten staircase”. Another joining factor is the color –every part of the museum is white.
The Azerbaijan fine arts could be named as “internal memory” of our people. Also the collection of Azerbaijan classics of figurative art in this period is presented, they are: Sattar Bahlulzade, Tair Salahov, Mikail Abdullaev, Huseyn Aliev, Tagi Tagiev, Nadir Abdurahmanov, Elmira Shahtahtinskaya, Nadir Kasumov, Oktay Sadikh-zadeh, Tokay Mamedov, Togrul Narimanbekov, Omar Eldarov. The Museum of Modern Art is an original well of masterpieces of the modern epoch, presenting over 800 works of art of the Azerbaijan artists and sculptors of the last 70 years. The part of the exposition includes “the unknown” layer of national art referring to the layer of “another” art, generated at period of the Soviet regime. These are unique works of Ashraf Murad, Kamal Ahmed, Mirjavad Javad, Rasim Babayev, which have been rescued by the Museum from inevitable destruction. The presence at the exposition of the works of these masters is a tribute of historical justice.
Source: Museum of Modern Art