Gazelli Art House provides a new setting for Contemporary art whilst delivering the message of the finest international artists to a wide audience of both new and established collectors. The gallery invites individuals to engage with Contemporary art on a deeper level through bespoke events – building on dialogues and relationships between artist, writers, specialists, students, and novices through exhibitions, talks, workshops and tours.
In 2011, Gazelli Art House launched a series of five exhibitions in London loosely based on the five classical elements – Fire, Earth, Water, Air and Ether. Focusing on individual associations and reactions to the presented artworks – from aggression and passion to calm, rediscovery to new beginnings – each show was exhibited in a different independent space, with venues ranging from private houses and foundations to warehouse spaces, encouraging viewers to engage with and understand art outside the “white cube”.
The opening exhibition of its permanent space on 39 Dover Street marked the final exhibition of the series – Bodhi. Focusing on the awakening and enlightening aspect of the classical element Ether, the gallery thus began its programme of exhibitions with an ending; completing a cycle and providing a conceptual continuity in the shows that is still present today.
In October 2012, Gazelli Art House reopened its exhibition space in Baku, Azerbaijan, where the gallery was once active in 2003. Implementing the exhibition programme from London, the gallery focuses on bringing and showcasing only international artists in the region, engaging further with a wider audience, and providing a platform for international dialogue.
The founder and Director of Gazelli Art House, Mila Askarova was born and raised in Azerbaijan before moving to Istanbul and later settling in London. Upon successful completion of her International Relations BSc degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Mila worked at Sotheby’s in the Client Development department while curating a number of exhibitions in Baku and Istanbul. She then managed the PR and Communication of a commercial art gallery in London, before focusing on curating and private art dealing. During her active years on the art market, Mila studied at Central Saint Martins and Christie’s Education, gaining a theoretical insight into Collecting Contemporary Art, Independent Curating and Art Business.