85th Anniversary of Taras Shevchenko Museum
The Mangystau region hosted the 85th anniversary celebration of the Taras Shevchenko Museum. The poet had lived in the peninsula for seven years in exile. He was strictly forbidden to write and draw. Nevertheless, Taras Grigorievich created more than 300 works including sketches of landscapes, monuments and life of inhabitants. The Kobzar Museum is located in the summer residence of the fortress commandant, Irakli Uskov. The building is more than 150 years old. Taras Shevchenko was a park gardener there and planted the trees which are still growing. The first monument dedicated to the Ukrainian poet is installed in this park.
The museum’s expositions are arranged with a special purpose. All the halls begin with a milestone which shows the period of staying of Taras Shevchenko in Mangystau. The first hall represents his early works, the second hall displays the drawings resulted from the poet’s expedition to Karatau.
AIGUL BALABAYEVA, SPOKESPERSON, TARAS SHEVCHENKO MUSEUM:
- Usually tourists ask ‘Why Kazakh people highly appreciate Taras Shevchenko?’. We reply by quoting Mukhtar Auezov: "Taras Shevchenko is the first realist artist who showed Kazakhstan’s great steppe to Europe.
Visitors from Ukraine and representatives of the Ukrainian Embassy to Kazakhstan arrived to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the museum and were delighted to see how Kazakhs honor Taras Shevchenko. He is a teacher for many generations of Ukrainians and Kazakhs as well as a son and the first diplomat who built the bridge of friendship between the two nations. Almost 170 years later, the current diplomats presented the museum a poetry book in Kazakh published in Ukraine.
VLADIMIR KOVAL, FIRST SECRETARY, EMBASSY OF UKRAINE TO KAZAKHSTAN:
- The Kobzar is a well-known book which includes the works by Taras Shevchenko. In 2014 this book was issued in Kazakh in the Chernivtsi city.
Once the Aktau city was named after Taras Shevchenko. The monument to Kobzar is still there.