Culture
Boosting Georgian-Azeri Relations via Art
27 December, 2012
Museum of Fine Arts Presents Exhibition of 18 Azeri Painters

On December 20, at Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts, the Georgian-Azebaijani Cultural Relations Association in cooperation with Georgian National Museum, organized the exhibition of Azerbaijani Artists, devoted to the presentation of Georgian-Azerbaijani Cultural Relations Association and the 20th anniversary of Diplomatic relations between two countries.
The exhibition is supported by the Embassy of Azerbaijan Republic in Georgia, Azerbaijani Oil Company SOCAR, Azerbaijani “Voice of America”, and TV company Chanel
9. Fifty-four painting exponents were presentedat the exhibition.
Lela Tsitsuashvili, Curator of exhibitions at Georgian National Museum, said: “On our part, to 18 well-known Azeri painters with their 54 works, we have added some exponents of Azeri painters from local collection, which are displayed in another hall. Today’s exhibition is significant because the exposition of such a scale has not been held for a long time, not counting the Azeri painters living in Georgia. In this case, we have a chance to get acquainted with the main trends and artistic styles that are popular in today’s Azerbaijan.”
Valeri Asatiani, former Minister of Culture and present President of the Association, told Georgian Journal: “Georgian-Azebaijani Cultural Relations Association has its preconditions. It is superfluous to talk about our centuries-old relations. We have a big Azeri Diaspora with old traditions. When I became a Minister of Culture, I had close contacts with my Azeri colleague Mr. Bulbuloghlu , who was a friend of mine and the first cultural days that I organized, were the days of Azerbaijan in Georgia. This was the pre-history. I want to say that there were very close relations in the field of science, art, etc, but there was a considerable pause for some particular reasons. We aim to create a multicultural space, beginning with art, and then we’ll widen it with theatre, music, publications, etc.”
The Association has two vice-presidents: Tamar Lamparadze and Javanshir Hadiev from the side of Azerbaijan. “We have published a catalogue that comprises the works of 18 painters presented here, furnished with their biographies and photos,” Tamar Lamparadze noted.
Gurban Abbasli, attach? of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, commented: “It is not our unique event. We are organizing many such events in the field of music and visual arts. They all enhance the bilateral relations between our two countries.”
The exhibition is the first step; it coincided with the presentation of the Association. They plan to hold the exhibition of Georgian painters in Azerbaijan as a cultural exchange. These steps aim to boost the bilateral relations in all fields of art. Those who wish to feel the warm Oriental aroma and colors will not miss this display, which is a rare luxury for Georgians, close neighbors of Azerbaijan. Let’s hope that as it often happens, culture will serve as a pleasant and safest bridge for boosting the relations on the governmental and economic level too. The exhibition will last until January 4.
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