The State Museum of Oriental Art together with the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum presents the exhibition Echo of Soviet Azerbaijan. Carpet. Embroidery. Poster. -

The State Museum of Oriental Art together with the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum presents the exhibition Echo of Soviet Azerbaijan. Carpet. Embroidery. Poster.

 The State Museum of Oriental Art together with the Azerbaijan National
Carpet Museum presents the exhibition Echo of Soviet Azerbaijan.
Carpet. Embroidery. Poster.

The exhibition’s central theme focuses on carpets and embroidery of
the 1920-1970s with art motifs of the Soviet period from the
collections of the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum and the State
Museum of Oriental Art. The exposition narrates about the phenomenon
of the impact of historical cataclysms on decorative and applied arts.

The exhibition features forty exhibits: carpets of 1920-1970s from the
collection of the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum (Baku); carpets,
revolutionary embroideries and their sketches of the 1920-1930s from
the collection of the State Museum of Oriental Art (Moscow); posters
from the collection of Mardjani Foundation (Moscow). Moreover, the
State Museum of Oriental Art will display propaganda textiles from its
collection for the first time in its entirety.

All objects served as effective tools of political propaganda at the
time. Now they are perceived beyond that, and the ideological bias is
interpreted as a precedent embodied in ancient crafts such as carpet
weaving and embroidery. Undoubtedly, the political poster had a strong
influence on the plots associated with revolution and the then Soviet
realities.

One can speak about a variety of influences well-developed in the
20th-century-Azerbaijan such as oriental miniatures, traditional
namazligs, Kajar art, fine arts, as well as book graphics and theater
posters. Centuries-old traditions of classical Azerbaijani carpets
and embroideries with their characteristic ornaments and color create
a basis for propaganda images. Carpet weavers were not afraid to
experiment and use new images and their own forms of expression,
creating beautiful and monumental samples. Concurrently, they
continued to produce traditional carpets that are valid in Azerbaijan
to this day.

On top of that, the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum and the State
Museum of Oriental Art prepares the same name catalog for the
exhibition’s opening ceremony.

Exhibition curators: Shirin Melikova (Azerbaijan National Carpet
Museum), Maria Filatova, Vera Miasina (State Museum of Oriental Art).

 
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