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On July 13, 2017, an International Art Exhibition “Art Dala: Dialogues in Space and Time” was opened in the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Astana. It was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sport within the framework of the cultural program EXPO-2017.

     In his welcome speech, Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, the Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, noted that the exhibition “Art Dala” has its own peculiarity, since its name commits to many things and embodies our great steppe.


 - Thanks to the organizers – These are our Kazakh scientific research institute, and leading art critics of Russia. I wish everyone - both masters and young talents great achievements and successes, - added Arystanbek Mukhamediuly.

     The breadth of the view on the contemporary pictorial art of the exhibition is determined by the international composition of its curators. There were Olga Baturina, a candidate of art history, professor of T. Zhurgenov KazNAA, Anzhelika Akilbekova, deputy director of A.Kasteev State Museum of Arts, doctor of art criticism, Svetlana Gracheva, dean of “Art criticism” Faculty of I.Repin St.Petersburg State Academic Institute of Pictorial Art, Sculpture and Architecture.

    100 paintings by 33 artists from 10 countries were exhibited at exhibition. The range of topics, plots, styles and directions of the exhibition, as well as the geography of the authors are wide and different. This large-scale exhibition reflects all the best that exists in pictorial arts of our times such as: significant names, famous masters and their program works.

      There were several Kazakh authors such as: Gani Bayanov, Askar Esdauletov, Marat Bekeev, Shamil Guliyev, Andrei Noda, Vladimir Grigoryan, Vyacheslav Lyu-Co, Evgeni Fridlin, Alexei Utkin, Nurlan Bazhirov, Asemkul Beibut, Tatyana Barinova, Zhanat Koshen, Nurzhan Sautbekov and Maryam Yeralieva.

        Their own vision of the topic of the exhibition presented the contemporary artists from St. Petersburg, such as: Klim Li, Alexander Chuvin, Khamid Savkuev, Konstantin Grachev and Ekaterina Gracheva, Nikita Fomin, Oleg Mikhailov. Famous artists from other countries also presented their paintings at the exhibition namely Rosa Alelashvili from the USA, Carmine Barbaro from Italy, Andrei Kopchak from Ukraine, Rusudan Khizanishvili from Georgia, Sardor Allabergenov from Uzbekistan and Anvar Bakhteev, Ovanezmukhamed Mametnurov from Turkmenistan, Djildyzbek Moldakhmatov from Kyrgyzstan and Elena Akhverdiyeva from Azerbaijan.

- The conduction of this exhibition was initiated by Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, the Minister of Culture and Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and we are grateful to him, the ministry and the museum for their assistance in carrying such an event, - stressed Olga Baturina. - Inspired by this idea and support, we literally organized this wonderful exhibition in a short time. The exhibition includes paintings written by Kazakh and foreign artists over the past 25 years. The range of themes, plots, styles and directions of the exhibition, as well as the geography of the authors are wide and different. The name of the exhibition is "Art Dala: Dialogues in Space and Time" and it was named in this way for a good reason . Its main idea is to show the polyphony of the voices of modern Kazakhstani pictorial art, its harmony with foreign discourses.

    Alexey Kartsov, the leading adviser of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Doctor of Law, Professor of I.E. Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture at the Russian Academy of Arts conducted the parallel of the exhibition with Pushkin's Pierian spring:

           - This vernissage broadly reveals the given topic - the image of the steppe, which unites our states in a deep understanding of this word. Pushkin in his poem said the following «Три ключа» писал «в степи мирской, печальной и безбрежной, таинственно пробились три ключа: ключ юности, ключ быстрый и мятежный, кипит, бежит, сверкая и журча. Кастальский ключ волною вдохновенья в степи мирской изгнанников поит. Последний ключ — холодный ключ забвенья, он слаще всех жар сердца утолит». So this exhibition, like the Pierian spring, became the inspiration, which erased all borders and united us all with the common topic of the steppe.

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