Unique symbols of Azerbaijan - Art Museum tour
Art & Culture
Duration: 9 hours
Heydar Aliyev Center
Considered as one of the main attractions for tourists and has also become a symbol of modern Azerbaijan and modern Baku. Zaha Hadid, the author of the building’s design, is a worldwide recognized architect and the winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize and Design of the Year award for her design of Heydar Aliyev Center. The overall shape of the building resembles a wave-like ascension from the ground towards the sky followed by gradual descent down to the earth.
Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Baku was opened on March 20, 2009. The museum has a collection of over 800 works by Azerbaijani artists and sculptors, mostly working in the avant-garde style. Responsible for the museum’s design is the well-known artist Altay Sadykhzadeh. The museum has a children’s art room, a library, a video room, a restaurant and an art cafe.
Azerbaijan Carpet museum
Along the waterfront, you will find the Carpet Museum with its building in the shape of a giant rolled-up carpet. The Azerbaijani carpet has experienced a long history. In carpet patterns the people embodied its artistic talents, philosophic outlooks, and spiritual notions about beauty. Information on Azerbaijani carpets can be found in various historical sources written by the ancient Greek historians Heredotus and Xenophon (5th c. B.C.), the Caucasian Albanian historian Moises Kalankatuski (7th c. B.C.), the Chinese traveller Xuan Tes-Ank, the Arabian travelers Al-Movsudi, Al-Mugaddasi, and Al-Istehri. The Carpet museum as being brilliantly photogenic, the museum, designed in the form of a huge folded carpet, also houses ceramics, 14th-century metal work, bronze-age jewellery and a permanent collection of 600 carpets from the Shusha Museum of History.
Azerbaijan National Museum of Art
It is the biggest art museum of Azerbaijan. Named after scenic designer and theatre artist Rustam Mustafayev, it currently comprises two conjoined buildings. Its collection includes over 15,000 artworks, of which more than 3,000 are permanently displayed in around 60 rooms, the earliest of which dates back to the 4th century BC. In 2001, the museum was declared to be of National and then of European Museum Standard (EMS), and was completely reconstructed in 2006.
The first building, which serves as the entrance to the museum, houses the European collection. It was once a private residence built for De Bour, the Business Manager for Rothschild's company, the forerunner of Shell.
There's also a section for ancient Azerbaijani art, where we display ceramics and metalwork, utensils, miniatures, needlework, national clothing and jewelry. There are pile and pile-less carpets from Karabakh, Gazakh, Shirvan and Absheron on display. There's also a special section for male and female belts and daggers. These belts were traditionally decorated with precious and semi-precious stones.
Program of the tour
10:00 - Start of the day, heading to various museums in the city of Baku - Visit to Haydar Aliyev center
12:00 - Museum of Modern Art
14:00 - Lunch at one of the local restaurants in Old City: Our guide will gladly recommend you typical ethnic cuisine at reasonable prices
15:00 - Visit to Azerbaijan Carpet Museum
16:30 - Azerbaijan National Museum of Art
18:30 - Back to hotel