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Heydar Aliyev Center

Heydar Aliyev Center

Heydar Aliyev Center. Azerbaijan Cultural Center named after the first president Heydar Aliyev

Heydar Aliyev Center

Azerbaijan Cultural Center, or Heydar Aliyev Center was built on Heydar Aliyev avenue in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The complex construction, which includes the auditorium (Congress Centre), a museum, gallery halls, administrative offices. The project was designed in 2007 by architect Zaha Hadid. On May 10, 2012 the ceremony of Center grand opening took place, to mark the 89th anniversary of Heydar Aliyev. One of the masterpieces of world architecture, Heydar Aliyev Center is considered to be a symbol of modern Baku, bribing its unique and innovative architectural solutions.

Ceremony of grand opening

Ceremony of grand opening of Heydar Aliyev Center

The building area of the center is 57.519 m ². The project of the building of the cultural center used no straight lines. The building shape is undulating and tall and smoothly merges with the earth. Such a structure represents not only a post-modern style of architecture, but also the length and infinity. Same line on the building symbolizes the connection of the past with the future.

During the construction of the building, the network of iron structures has reached a total length of 90 km. When installing the construction, were used 12027 special panels of different sizes and various geometric shapes – triangles, rectangles, trapezoids, parallelograms.

The white color symbolizes the bright future, and it was used in the building to feature specific elements here. Thanks to the white color, the light beams move across the surface of the building emphasizing the parts of the building.

In addition, the center includes underground parking with total area of 13.58 hectares. Besides, the complex includes two ornamental ponds and an artificial lake.

On the ground floor of the Cultural Center, there is an exhibition titled “Masterpieces of Azerbaijan”. It shows unique exhibits reflecting the history of the country and its cultural heritage. The exhibition presents all periods of the history of Azerbaijan, and demonstrates items related to different areas of its culture.

Thus, the exhibition includes examples of Gobustan rock art found during archeological excavations in Azerbaijan, as well as coins, jewelry, pottery and copper artifacts of the Middle Ages. Besides, there exposed ancient copies of the Koran, the Bible and the Torah. Among the exhibits there are also examples of folk costumes from various regions of Azerbaijan and Azerbaijani carpets of various types. In addition, there are ancient Azerbaijani musical instruments, and visitors can also hear the sound of each instrument.

June 21, 2013 the Center held an exhibition of works by American artist Andy Warhol titled ‘Life, Death and Beauty’ curated by Gianni Mercurio, just on the 85th anniversary of the artist. The exhibition was held in Azerbaijan for the first time, and there were more than a hundred of his works, including short films of Warhol. Exhibited photos of the author, and portraits of world stars of cinema, music, and fashion. Among other world-famous works – “Flowers”, “Camouflage”, “The Last Supper”, “Praying hands of men”, “Electric Chair” and others. Baku residents and guests were free to visit the exhibition which lasted til September 9, 2013.

Heydar Aliyev Center

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