Exhibition of Kasteyev Arts Museum in New York
An exhibition titled ‘At the Crossroads of Asia and Europe’ opened in the gallery of the National Arts Club in New York as part of celebration of Astana’s 20th anniversary. The masterpieces of the 20th century from the collection of the Kasteyev Museum of Arts were presented at the exhibition. The works of the leading artists of Kazakhstan will reveal the nomadic culture, history and lifestyle to the American audience. Every exhibit reflects the richness of the cultural heritage of Kazakhstan and tells exciting stories about the people’s lives. The exposition is opened by the works of one of the pioneers of the Kazakh visual arts Abylkhan Kasteyev, such as ‘Hunting with a Golden Eagle’, ‘Kolkhoz Dairy Farm’, ‘Portrait of People’s Akyn Dzhambyl’ and others. Nikolay Khludov’s ‘A Boy on a Bull’, Olga Kuzhelenko’s ‘Portrait of People’s Artist of Kazakh SSR Roza Baglanova’, Maria Lizogub’s ‘a Folk Craftswoman’ and other works testify the great contribution of the artists who arrived in Kazakhstan from various regions of the former Soviet Union to the development of the Kazakh fine arts.
KLARA ISSABAYEVA, SPOKESPERSON, KASTEYEV MUSEUM OF ARTS:
- The exhibition demonstrates the works of the best Kazakh artists between the 30th and the 70th years of the 20th century.
MARINA KOVALYOVA, PRESIDENT, RUSSIAN-AMERICAN FOUNDATION:
- I welcome the Kazakh artists and I am happy that with the support of the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and in collaboration with the Russian-American Foundation we are opening the exhibition of the Kasteyev Museum of Arts’s masterpieces. This exhibition is held for the first time in the National Arts Club to mark the 20th anniversary of Astana. Hundreds of New Yorkers will visit this exhibition. We are happy that they will have the opportunity to learn about the works of the best Kazakh artists.
The paintings, such as Zhanatay Shardenov ‘Road to Medeo’, Tursyn Abuov’s ‘Still Life and Dombyra’ and Gani Bayanov’s ‘Evening’ were also presented at the exhibition. This exposition, in each particular painting and as a whole collection, is the expression of the Kazakh history and culture, its people, nature and traditions that determined the authentic features of Kazakhstan located in the very heart of Asia.
RYAN JOHN KOCH, NEW YORK OFFICE DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN CHURCH, USA:
- I spent some time over in Central Asia and I really loved the area and all of these paintings are bringing back a lot of memories for me, the people, the culture, it’s been a really wonderful evening.
MICHAEL MILLER, VICE PRESIDENT, JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL OF NEW YORK, USA:
- We build bridges of understanding between the New York community and the Kazakhstani community and seeing the beautiful artwork here is a beautiful facilitator of the bridge between our two populations.
The exhibition in New York will close on July 15. It will give the art lovers the opportunity to learn more about the history of the Kazakh people and to study the masterpieces of the priceless collection of the Kazakh fine arts.