Summer 2003 (11.2)
Art Out of Azerbaijan
Orkhan Huseynov's "Old Baku Series". The Philharmonic,
2003. 100cm x 130 cm. Oil on canvas. Orkhan speaks English. Visit
his studio. Tel: (994 -12) 61-17-28; Mobile: (994 -55) 776-1519.
If you're wondering
how to purchase art and take it back home with you, here are
some guidelines. The Azerbaijani government is concerned that
no "national treasures" be taken out of the country.
By that, they broadly interpret the term to mean "antique
Therefore, they require that you register all works of art, including
the new works that have been created this past decade. Obviously,
this procedure is part of the legacy of the Soviet past. We recommend
The process is not really so difficult and cumbersome, though
it may be a bit inconvenient. Don't let the bureaucracy discourage
you from supporting these fine artists and from purchasing some
rare art works to enjoy as a memory of Azerbaijan.
Generally, most artists will know how to handle this registration
process and can help you. If you need further assistance, contact
the Artists' Union at 19 Khagani Street, Baku. Tel: (994-12)
It's important not to postpone the clearance process until the
last few days of your stay. But if you do , still many people
successfully manage for the artist to carefully pack the art
work and send it via a courier service such as UPS or DHL.
At the Artist's
Most people buy artwork directly from the artist's studio. We
have provided the telephone numbers for each artist featured
in this issue (See photo samples or the note at the end of each
article). If you don't speak Azeri or Russian, you may want to
take someone along to translate for you. When you find the work(s)
you like, negotiate a price and get a receipt from the artist.
Take two photos of each piece of artwork. Often the artist already
has photos available.
Take the photos to the Artists' Union for approval and fill out
the application form. If the artist has passed away 25 years
or more, then you'll need to get approval from the National Art
Museum, located at 9 Niyazi Street (near the President's Aparat).
Tel: (994-12) 92-57-89.
The Artists' Union Commission will appraise the work for a small
nominal fee (usually no more than $5 or $10). It meets once a
week, on Wednesdays. However, a certificate can be acquired on
other days with the presentation of your ticket if you are leaving
earlier. You will be given an official export certificate with
an official seal affixed to the photo that is returned to you.
For carpets, take photos to the National Carpet Museum (Neftchilar
Prospect, formerly the Lenin Museum). This commission meets on
When you exit the country, show the customs officials your approved
certificate with the accompanying photo. There should not be
any additional fee.
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