The State Museum of Oriental Art hosted a presentation of an album dedicated to the works of Azerbaijani sculptor, founder of avant-garde sculpture in Azerbaijan, People's Artist Fazil Najafov, Report's Russian bureau informs.
The event is organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Russian Ministry of Culture, the State Museum of Oriental Art, and the Mardjani Foundation.
The event was opened by Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu: "This is very rare for our time. Mr. Fazil was born in 1935. I wish him long life and creative years. It is not right to talk about an artist and a sculptor. His works can be watched, and everyone will express their opinion and view. However, I would like to emphasize that in the Soviet era, it was not so easy to be a representative of the avant-garde trend in art. But he tolerated and is now a living classic."
"The album is the second exhibition we have organized this year together with our old partner, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. The first display was dedicated to Nizami Ganjavi. We appreciate and value this cooperation, and we hope that it will be sustainable and contribute," The museum's director Alexander Sedov said.
During the event, Sedov gave information about the history of the State Museum of Oriental Art, founded in 1918: "Our museum is connected with Azerbaijan from the "navel cord". The first exhibit of the museum in 1918 was the Karabakh carpet. Its inventory number is 1. This carpet was brought to the museum from a shop on Tverskaya Street. The carpet was given to the museum after the store was nationalized in 1918.
According to Maria Filatova, curator of the exhibition and one of the album's authors, the work on the album dedicated to sculptor Fazil Najafov took four years: "The main author is Fazil Najafov, who has tremendous literary talent. He does not write but speaks in such a way that everything can be imagined. I nalso tried to convey his feelings, intonation, Baku dialect. The other author is journalist Nonna Muzaffarova."