Con­tem­po­rary Turk­ish Art Ex­hi­bi­tion opens at Hey­dar Aliyev Cen­ter

Azer News - - Culture & Lifestyle - By La­man Is­may­ilova

The Hey­dar Aliyev Cen­ter in Baku has opened its doors to the Con­tem­po­rary Turk­ish Art Ex­hi­bi­tion, a col­lec­tion of art pieces by var­i­ous Turk­ish artists.

A solemn open­ing cer­e­mony of the ex­hi­bi­tion, or­ga­nized jointly with the Turk­ish em­bassy in Baku and de­voted to the 25th an­niver­sary of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Turkey and Azer­bai­jan, took place on Septem­ber 6.

Turk­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Cavu­soglu, Azer­bai­jan's Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Tourism Abul­faz Garayev, public and art fig­ures at­tended the event.

Cavu­soglu, ad­dress­ing the cer­e­mony, stated that re­la­tions be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Turkey are at the high­est level.

Stress­ing that the worldrenowned artists and sculp­tors ex­pressed their de­sire to par­tic­i­pate in this ex­hi­bi­tion, the min­is­ter added that the two states will fur­ther co­op­er­ate in the field of econ­omy, en­ergy and cul­ture. Garayev, in turn, named the cel­e­bra­tion of the 25th an­niver­sary of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Turkey and Azer­bai­jan as a ma­jor event.

He stressed that the venue of this cul­tural event is the Cen­ter named af­ter na­tional leader Hey­dar Aliyev, who used to say "One na­tion, two states" to char­ac­ter­ize the Azer­bai­jan-Turkey re­la­tions.

“As proof, we see how our lead­ers, our peo­ples to­day have sin­cere at­ti­tude, trust and re­spect to each other. As in all spheres, our co­op­er­a­tion in the field of cul­ture has been ex­ten­sive. Over the past 25 years, Turkey and Azer­bai­jan have a uni­fied con­cept in all in­ter­na­tional projects and sup­port each other in or­ga­niz­ing large events," said the min­is­ter.

Garayev added that be­fore the ex­hi­bi­tion, Turk­ish artists have had very good meet­ings and mas­ter classes in the coun­try. “Cul­ture as a driv­ing force will al­ways bring peo­ple closer to­gether,” he con­cluded.

Later the par­tic­i­pants got ac­quainted with the ex­hi­bi­tion that fea­tures more than 60 works by 8 artists, Az­er­tac re­ported.

The works by fa­mous rep­re­sen­ta­tives of con­tem­po­rary Turk­ish art such as Ad­nan Tu­rani (1925-2016), Devrim Er­bil (1937), Yal­cın Gokce­bag (1944), Sukran Pek­mezci (1946), Hasan Pek­mezci (1945), Zeki Serbest (1946) and Ah­met Ye­sil (1954) Ma­lik Bu­lut's (1974) are put on dis­play.

Devrim Er­bil, a pro­fes­sor of art at the Turk­ish State Acad­emy of Art, shared his im­pres­sions about the ex­hi­bi­tion:

“It is a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion. Al­though my works are ex­hib­ited in many coun­tries around the world, it is dif­fer­ent to dis­play them at the Hey­dar Aliyev Cen­ter in Azer­bai­jan. This is an ex­pres­sion of the bridge of friend­ship be­tween Turkey and Azer­bai­jan, which is very im­por­tant to me. So I joined the ex­hi­bi­tion with great en­thu­si­asm. We are very glad that the ex­hi­bi­tion opened at the Hey­dar Aliyev Cen­ter,” he said.

Artist Sukran Pek­mezci and her hus­band Hasan Pek­mezci also noted that their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the ex­hi­bi­tion is of great im­por­tance for them. They pointed out that the ex­hi­bi­tion plays an im­por­tant role in the Turkey-Azer­bai­jan re­la­tions.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will last till Oc­to­ber 6.

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