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October 15, 2021

Leyla Aliyeva: I wish Tahir Salahov’s rich legacy goes on to bring our peoples together

On October 14th, a memorial evening of Tahir Salahov, People’s Artist of USSR, Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation, Hero of Socialist Labour, and an exhibition of the artist’s works took place at the Azerbaijani pavilion established at the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy in Moscow. Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the exhibition.

 

Presentation of the book “Dialogue” by Raya Abbasova about the life and activity of contemporary famous artists took place in the framework of the event. A video-installation entitled “Eternity”, made by great artist’s grandson Kaykhan Salahov, was presented to the guests.

 

Speaking at the event, Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva said:

 

- I am very pleased to welcome you to the memorial evening of eminent artist Tahir Teymur oghlu Salahov. It is symbolic that today’s event is held at the Azerbaijani pavilion at the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy. Like Baku, Moscow city too was very dear to Tahir Teymur oghlu. Despite Tahir Salahov’s conquering the whole world by his creativity, majority of his life events were associated with Russia and Azerbaijan. His rare creative style and character formed here. Art beautifies the world. Thanks to Tahir Salahov’s creativity, we see his world – a bright world full of harmony and pleasant feelings. We are happy to have lived in the same era with this charming human, have known and had intercourse with him. Love is what makes his art distinguished, love for Homeland, nature, and people. Heroes of Tahir Salahov were his contemporaries - oilmen, writers, composers. He created people, not images. Therefore, looking at his works, one believes and feels that they are live artworks, being as lively as the life itself.


Thank you for being with us today. I want to thank Tahir Salahov’s family, you - Zelfira Ismayilovna, for supporting us, and all who have participated in the preparation of this event, investing part of their soul. I wish Tahir Salahov’s rich legacy goes on to bring our peoples together, opening a way to young talents.

 

I wish all of you happiness, sound health and convey my best wishes. Thank you.


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Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Russia Polad Bulbuloghlu, Director General of the State Tretyakov Gallery Zelfira Tregulova, author of the book “Dialogue” Raya Abbasova spoke at the event.

 

Works kept in the artist’s personal archive and photos from the family album were presented at the exhibition.

 

Renowned people of culture from Azerbaijan and Russia attended the event.


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