Exhibition view at Yeni Gallery, Baku, 2009. 03 Courtesy Yeni Gallery
As the exhibition site for Baku Arts Centre, Yeni Gallery marks the latest step in a succession originally begun in 1986, when a group of artists in Azerbaijan established a collective. This group formed to implement collaborative projects and develop cultural and humanitarian content under the name Association of Creative Youth of Azerbaijan. In 1988, the Association of Creative Youth of Azerbaijan initiated the Baku Arts Centre, which became the hub of all creative activity in Azerbaijan.
The name of the gallery, “Yeni” meaning “New” in English, has been chosen by the founders to declare their intentions. Yeni Gallery primarily exhibits fine art, photography, music, architecture, and computer graphics, but above all the focus is the desire to do something new, unexpected, and welcome.