By Laman Ismayilova

Many artists these days are transforming their artworks by taking advantage of powerful technology.

New technologies increase the interest of museum visitors in the exhibitions and provide new insight into art and history.

Karabakh Mystery Rug

The Carpet Museum presented a unique project “The mystery of a carpet: a new approach to museum exhibitions”.

It is one of six projects included in the “Cultural Horizons” program by Jahangir Selimkhanov, a well-known art manager and art critic.

A video installation of the 18th century Karabakh carpet was presented as part of the project.

Speaking about the project, curator Konul Rafieva told Trend Life that many leading museums use modern technologies to present museum exhibits.

“In Azerbaijan, this approach is quite new, as information technology in museums has gained momentum in recent years. This creative way animates the museum collection so familiar to viewers,” she said. .

Rafieva noted that the museum is not only a place for the preservation of valuable exhibits, their conservation and education, but also a space where people communicate and learn more about history, art and culture. science.

“Thanks to modern technologies that have become so firmly embedded in our lives, we have the opportunity, for example, to see the 18th century Karabakh carpet in a digital format and to understand what the carpet designers wanted to tell us. While working on the carpet installation, we had noticed that there is an asymmetry. The project allows both the public and the specialists to take a new look at the art of carpet weaving…”, Rafieva said.

In her speech at the event, the Director of the Carpet Museum, Doctor of Philosophy in Art History, Cultural Honoree Shirin Malikova congratulated the authors of the project. She

“When the choice arose – on the basis of which exhibit to create a video installation, I decided that it should be a unique 18th Karabakh carpet, one of the most valuable exhibits of the collection of the museum. This rug has a very interesting history. The rug dates back to the early 18th century and is among the last samples of Ajdaha (Dragon) rugs,” Malikova said.

She pointed out that for many years this carpet was in the possession of an Armenian collector, then it was sold at auction. Moreover, the rug has been kept by the Italian collection for more than 15 years.

“It was very important for us to return this carpet. And for several years the museum has been working on it. The 18th Karabakh carpet was returned to us during the 44-day Patriotic War. The carpet returned to the motherland thanks to an Azerbaijani .philanthropist,” she says.

Honored Artist Jahangir Selimkhanov said the “Cultural Horizons” program includes six projects.

“The curator of the project Kpnul Rafieva offered a new look at the museum exhibition within the framework of the project. The video installation was created by Timur Amirkhanov. While working on the installation, I met Timur Amirkhanov, whom I have known for a long time, not only a designer, but also a real artist. The video installation is accompanied by the composition “Mugham+” from the new album “vIBrant” by electronic music producer and tar performer Ibraghm Babayev”, said Selimkhanov .

The project “The Mystery of the Carpet: A New Approach to Museum Exhibitions” is part of the educational program “Cultural Horizons” for cultural and artistic personalities and financed by the International Assistance Fund for Cultural and Educational Organizations of the German Foreign Office , the Goethe Institute and other organizations.

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Laman Ismayilova is the journalist of AzerNews, follow her on Twitter: @Lamiva993


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