The exhibition was organised by Leyla Aliyeva, Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Simon de Pury of Phillips de Pury. Hervé Mikaeloff was the curator for the event.
Although I do not have an artistic background, I adored the art that was being exhibited. Leyla Aliyeva's beautifully ornate graphic illustrations reminiscent of intricate oriental tapestries infused with modern technicolor. Melik Aghamalov's skulls, pomegranates and seashells. Aida Mahmudova's captivating installation melding physical reality with poignant flashes of the subconscious and photography evocative of flashes of remembrance. Niyaz Najafov's touching ghoulish caricatures were impossible not to love. Tora Aghabayova's sardonic socialist realism also stole my heart.
Apart from the Art, the event was organised to the most amazing standard. It took place in London's Howick Place and the space was absolutely bursting with artists, fine art aficionados and beautiful people.
Here are some photos from the event, I did not remember the names of all the artists, but if anyone has them, please correct me.
|With Nikki Jamal, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. She was so lovely and gracious when I met her.|
|Acrylic on Canvas by Altay Sadiqzadeh. Mesmerising colourful multidimensional abstracts|
|Mixed Media by Leyla Aliyeva|
|Leyla Aliyeva's work|
|Tora Aghabayova - There's something about this piece. Wow.|