By Laman Ismayilova
A large-scale multimedia project, spearheaded by the Culture
Ministry, has been presented at the National Art Museum.
The presentation was timed to coincide with the International
Museum Day celebrated annually by the International Council of
Museums (ICOM), Azernews reports.
The main partner of the project is the Swedish Embassy in
Azerbaijan, which presents a multimedia project of the
Azerbaijani-Swedish art dialogue, curated by Konul Rafiyeva.
At the opening, Deputy Minister of Culture Sevda Mammadaliyeva
noted that the workers from different countries celebrate their
professional holiday- the International Museum Day - celebrated
annually on May 18.
This day appeared on the calendar in 1977, when the
International Council of Museums decided to establish this holiday
at one of the meetings. On this day, many museums around the world
open their doors to everyone for free visits, preparing new
expositions, thematic lectures, excursions, etc.
Thematic festivals are timed to coincide with this important
cultural event, the most famous of which is 'Museum Night'.
Since 1992, the holiday has been devoted to certain topics in
the field of museum activity, such as the illegal export of museum
valuables, the role of museums in raising the culture of society,
and many others.
The topic of this year's International Museum Day is 'The Power
The deputy culture minister emphasized that all museums,
destroyed during the Armenian occupation will be restored in the
liberated territories, and new cultural and art centers will be
built as well.
Swedish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Christian Kamill praised the
high-level museum work and the implementation of various art
projects in the country.
As strategic partners of the United Nations in the
implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the museums
contribute to a wide range of goals, such as the development of the
social economy and the dissemination of scientific information on
environmental issues. The possibilities of modern technologies take
the audience beyond the usual limits of perception, showing a
different level of museum exhibits.
On Museum Night, Farhad Farzaliyev, Gunel Ravilova, Lyudmila
Kristeseva, and other artists and authors presented multimedia
installations, digital presentations, and artworks on
sustainability and gender issues.
The Baku Chamber Orchestra performed an open-air concert under
the baton of the Honored Artist, Fuad Ibrahimov.
Baku residents and guests of the city were mesmerized by a
special musical program, where the music and the magical world of
the People's Artist, Sattar Bahlulzada, were reflected through a
Laureates of international competitions Aziz Panah (gaboi) and
Narmin Najafli (piano) took part in the concert program 'Sattar
Bahlulzada - a modern look' with musical and visual animation. The
concert featured the works of Azerbaijani and world classics.
In the museum itself, guests were also presented with multimedia
installations, digital works, and works on the theme of sustainable
development and gender.
Through a multimedia dialogue, artists Lyudmila Khristeseva
(Sweden) and Gunel Ravilova (Azerbaijan) offered two different
views on fashion, textiles, and ecology in two different guises and
tried to define the role of textiles in shaping women's
A multi-channel audio installation“Another Look' by Farhad
Farzaliyev presented reflections and comprehension of past events
of wars and conflicts.
The weapons that were brought in, in the hands of the artist,
turned into tools for creating artwork. Bullets, which later became
a musical instrument for writing this requiem, are dedicated to all
the dead and wounded. Being in the museum's permanent exhibition
hall, where battle scenes and weapons acquired the function of an
art object, this audio installation broke the silence of the
warriors and battles 'living' outside the museum and told its story
In the audio-visual installation 'Varga and Gulshakh:
irreversible' (sound - Ibrahim Babayev, visualization - Timur
Amirkhan), the museum space turned into a performance platform.
Moving along the stairs, corridors, and exhibition halls, the
viewer found himself in his own world, where the impressions
received from the art pieces were connected together by music and
This installation offers an opportunity for a modern audience to
acquire a new look at the rich museum collection and a new format
of exposition, the use of digital technologies in the museum space,
and interactivity for visitors.
When creating a multimedia project, the authors were inspired by
the tragic love story of the 'Varga and Gulsha', a poem dating back
to the beginning of the XIII century as a wonderful journey from
the future into the past.
The program ended with a show of fashion show, where designer
Murad Huseynov presented his stunning collection, inspired by the
paintings kept at the National Art Museum.
In the fashion show, the models appeared in the form of
'statues' that come to life under the wonderful sounds of
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