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2015 “Candy mountains and oil coasts” Exhibition of modern Azerbaijani art held in Perm / Perm, Russia

Russia’s Perm Museum of Modern Art hosted an exhibition of modern Azerbaijani art on October 7.

The exposition titled “Candy mountains and oil coasts” was organized by the Ministry of Culture, Youth Policy and Mass Communications of Russia's Perm region in partnership with YAY GALLERY, Aidan Gallery and the Artist and Frolov Gallery.

The exhibition, which will run until November 15, features the art of 22 artists. While most do not live in Azerbaijan, they maintain close ties with the homeland.

The exhibition includes art works by Orkhan Huseynov, Ali Hasanov, Zamir Suleymanov, Farhad Farzaliyev, Ilkin Huseynov, Lala Gasim, Aydan Salahova, Samir Salahov, Sitara Ibrahimova, Nazrin Mammadova, Faig Ahmad, Rashad Alakbarov, Farid Rasulov, Aida Mahmudova, Babi Badalov, Vusal Rahim, Ramal Kazimov, Rauf Mammadov, Tora Agabekova, Sabina Abbasova, Emin Azizbeyli and Elturan Mammadov.

“The concept of the ‘Azerbaijani World’ is much broader than the country. The Azerbaijani diaspora is one of the largest in the former Soviet Union, especially in Russia, and the cultural elite of Azerbaijan work successfully around the world,” a presentation by the museum exclaimed.

Exhibition curator Naila Allahverdiyeva said that the ‘Candy Mountains’ piece featured in the exhibition symbolizes the Altiaghac national nature reserve of Azerbaijan.

“On the way to Altiaghac, we see mountains of incredible colors. Due to their bright and variegated color, local people call them ‘candy’. The Absheron peninsula is a land of oil. Pump jacks are standing right in the city and the sea breeze carries the smell of crude oil everywhere,” she says.

Exhibition curator Farkhad Farzaliyev said that the exhibition is a good way to get acquainted with the Azerbaijani art.

“Everyone knows that Azerbaijan is an oil state, but in terms of art, for most this is an unknown space. National modern art is as old as the modern independent Azerbaijan, i.e. a quarter of the century. That is why the ‘Candy mountains and oil coasts’ is not a retrospective, but a way to look at the current moment, on what is happening here and now.”