Exhibition of Georgian National Museum`s Azerbaijani and Oriental Collections in Baku

Date: 27 May 2019 – 31 March 2021

From May 27, 2019, the Heydar Aliyev Center considered as one of the best architectural structures of the 21st century, designed by the one of the world's greatest architects Zaha Hadid, hosts the exhibition of Georgian National Museum collection: "Rescued Masterpieces: Azerbaijani and Oriental Collections from the Georgian National Museum ". 

The exhibition is a culmination of 5-year works, carried out jointly by Georgian National Museum, National Museum of Azerbaijan Art and Heydar Aliyev Charity Fund. Curators of the exhibition from the Georgian part are: the chief curator of Oriental collections, Dr. Irina Koshoridze and a doctor of Historical Sciences, professor Eldar Nadiradze; from the Azerbaijani side: Azerbaijan National Museum of Art - Chingiz Farzaliyev, and the head of the project, representative of Heydar Aliyev center - Emin Mammadov.

This project is the beginning of a new life for the Caucasus Museum, with an ability to be represented not only in Georgia but also in the other countries of our region. We have the opportunity to represent our culture and science with today's best practices, to show to our international colleagues and the general public the role we have played in the history of the world, and the role we are playing today.

The exhibition will be held until April 2021 at Heydar Aliyev's center. At the same time, the book-catalog was published by the author Eldar Nadiradze - the Doctor of History. In parallel with the exhibition international scientific conference is also arranged.

Georgian National Museum holds a huge oriental collection that can be traced back to 1852, when still under the Russian empire, was founded Caucasus Museum in Tbilisi. Scientific expeditions throughout the Caucasus have enriched the above-mentioned collections. Georgian researchers are recognized as pioneers studying these individual collections in the world.

Visitors of the exhibition showcasing in Baku will have a chance to see the artworks created during the ruling of Qajar dynasty (1785-1925), artifacts of Sardar's Fortress and a unique photo archive of Ermakov.

The Iranian collection is presented by samples of world-famous easel paintings, most of which are created in the era of Fath Ali Shah (1797-1834). The exhibition also presents up to 100 samples of miniature and varnish paintings, metalworking, weapons, clothes, and carpets for the first time.

Six paintings of the easel painting belong to the well-known Azerbaijanian painter Mirza Yadim Irevani (1825-1875). They were the decorations of Sardar's Fortress's mirror hall. Here are the fragments of ceramic tiles - fragments of tile from the Sardar's Fortress and a mosque. All these works of art from the ruined palace complex became part of Caucasus Museum at the beginning of the XX century. Next to these artifacts are represented the Azerbaijanian ethnographic clothes from different regions of the Caucasus.

Dmitry Ermakov (1845-1916) photo materials reveal visitors the life and work of different social layers of Azerbaijanians, the chronicles of the destruction of Sardar's Fortress, mosque, and the entire complex. Special value has the photos of the mirror hall from the palace where Mirza Yadi Irevan's paintings are still represented in the interior of the palace. Museum team had an opportunity to create the concept of the exhibition with the help of these unique materials, while Georgian and Azerbaijanian conservation team received help to restore the lost single paintings.

Photo: Heydar Aliyev Center