Summer 2000 (8.2)
A sculptor in his own right,
Ibrahim Zeynalov, has created numerous monuments including
those honoring Shah Ismayil Khatai, playwright Akhundov, satirist
Sabir, oil baron philanthropist Taghiyev, and Karl Marx (now
demolished). Since 1994, he has directed Baku's National Art
Museum. Under his leadership, the halls are being renovated and
many of the works repaired. Zeynalov provided the overview of
what visitors to the museum can expect to see.
On numerous occasions since
we first started publishing our magazine, children's art instructor
Katana Sharifova has helped us identify some of Azerbaijan's
most promising budding artists. Again, here she organized material
so that we can share some of the delightful impressions children
have painted about the medieval part of their city - Ichari Shahar.
Sharifova currently directs the art program for the Oxford School.
Shamil Fatullayev, architectural historian, is the recognized
authority on Baku's architecture, whether it be the medieval
period or the Oil Boom period of last century. He has been tireless
in his pursuit to document Baku's unique architecture, publishing
several extremely valuable books, full of photos, renderings,
details and floor plans. His latest book is the 522 page "Architectural
Encyclopedia of Baku" published by Figarov Press in Ankara,
|Though the novel,
"Ali and Nino" was penned three quarters of a century
ago, Elin Suleymanov was so impressed with the author's
awareness of the Caucasus that he couldn't put the book down.
Elin, as Press Officer at Azerbaijan's Embassy in Washington,
D. C. knows how hard it is to initiate foreign journalists about
his part of the world. He wrote this Book Review hoping to encourage
people to pick up a book that he feels will challenge stereotypes
of what it means to be a true Caucasian.
What's it like to grow up in
a home that later gets converted into a museum? Mammadreza
Bakikhanov, is one of the musician sons of Ahmad Bakikhanov
who grew up listening to his father play tar and meeting his
father's friends who were the musical giants of the day. The
personal collection of Ahmad Bakikhanov's folk instruments forms
the basis of this small, but extremely charming and compelling
(8.2) Summer 2000.
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