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The exhibition season is picking up nicely this coming week. I’m very excited about two events in particular. London Art Fair will start  from 18-22 January 2012, with a preview evening on 17th. It is always refreshing to see the variety and talent London Art Fair has to offer. I’ll be reporting more on it during or once I visit it. Here is a link to their website for tickets and more

I’d like to share my excitement about the second event this coming week, which I’ll be attending. It is the exhibition called “Fly to Baku” in Phillips de Pury & Company, Howick Place, London SW1P 1BB opens on 18th January and closes on 29th January (click for the exhibition catalogue here). This amazing and unique show is presenting the Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan, featuring 21 Azeri contemporary artists, curated by Hervé Mikaeloff. I had the honour to exhibit with one of the artists presenting his work in “Fly to Baku”  Mr. Mir Nadir Zeynalov. Our roads crossed in the international show in Gabala organized by the SEBA Cultural Exchange Association, which happened in December 2011. This event brought me to Baku for the first time, and admittedly I have decided to return to Azerbaijan as soon as possible. I was impressed with the culture,people’s kindness and their endless generosity. I have also discovered a museum, which is for me the best I’ve ever experienced, with no exaggeration – The Museum of Modern Art in Baku. I’m currently in a dialogue with them about our possible collaboration, however it’s early days for any details to be revealed. I have written a blog article about my experiences in Azerbaijan – “My visit to Azerbaijan” please read it if you like.

I’m pleased that exhibition “Fly to Baku” will give me another opportunity to see some Azeri Art. At least two artists, if not more are exhibiting in the Museum of Modern art in Baku as well. One of them, Altair Sadiqzadeh has his sculptures set in the building, in a form of a staircase, which is in a way heart and soul of the building. The artist where he could avoided the straight lines. See the picture below. I had the pleasure to temporarily install my From the Bottom of the Sea sculpture there, with the images below again. If you would like to hear more about both, the Museum of Modern Art, why not to follow this 15min long tour video taken by me on my visit, and about “Fly to Baku”, I’ll be updating my blog after my visit. Thanks for reading and I might see you there.

My sculpture titled From the Bottom of the Sea on a visit of the Museum of Modern Art in Baku, Dec 2011

Some of you might know I have just returned from Azerbaijan. I exhibited at the 2nd International Exhibition in Gabala, which is 40 min plane journey away from the spectacular capital Baku. I delayed this blog article a couple of days, because I was fulfilled with the positively rich resonating emotions, and I found hard to share those, feeling almost speechless. A completely new world was put in front of me and I feel so grateful for this opportunity. I showed a couple photos to my parents, and their reaction was “fairy-tale like”. Quite right! My 4 day stay in Azerbaijan could be compared to a fairy-tale. The film crew was following our steps everywhere we went on excursions, even in restaurants. The mini buses which took us to the different sights and nature were escorted by a police car. We were looked after completely and we were shown the best the region has to offer.

The event was organized and fully supported by SEBA Cultural Exchange Association, which is SE for Seoul (Korea) and BA for Baku (Azerbaijan). A total of 18 different nationalities were represented with total up to 60 artists,  most of them were painters. The whole event was very much supported also by Chairperson of SEBA Association Ruhangiz Heydarova and it was conducted by the Azerbaijan Culture Foundation. This way I’d like to say my wholehearted thank you to SEBA Association for having me at the event.

The exhibition was in one of the buildings of Qafqaz Resort Hotel in Gabala. The decoration was exquisite, with thousants of white roses and orchids, even the staircase was decorated and the atmosphere was just fantastic.

What did I take and value most on this event, were the people, new friends and professional contacts I’ve made. I’m very much looking forward to meeting them again and I truly hope, that I can visit Azerbaijan again soon. 

I’ve had many ideas and inspirations while admiring the nature in Azerbaijan. I was born under  the mountains back in Slovakia, and Gabala’s setting was incredibly similar to that. If I were to come back again I would visit the local rivers and the sea coast, and explore the stones and found objects as the sculpting material. My artwork is often connected to the sea, stones and water. For example some of the sculptures that were shown in Gabala are called „From The Bottom of The Sea Sculptures“ (the white plaster works) and the „Cornish Limpet“ (where I used found stones of  Cornish beaches ). I’m in a dialogue with your Museum of Modern Art in Baku, and I sincerely hope we could collaborate together on a project. Fingers crossed for that!

You are welcome to see my research images on this link or just scroll down to these to see what I was talking about. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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