Kazakhstan to hold contemporary art exhibitions in UK, Germany, USA, South Korea

ASTANA (TCA) — For the first time, a large-scale project “Focus Kazakhstan” is being launched on the international art scene, presenting an overview of domestic fine art and contemporary art from the 1930s to the present. Exhibitions and thematic events will be held from September 18 to March 3, 2019 in London (United Kingdom), Berlin (Germany), Jersey City (USA) and Suwon (South Korea), the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reports.

The Focus Kazakhstan project is implemented within the framework of the Ruhani Zhangyru program in the part of its special project “Modern Kazakh Culture in the Global World” aimed at promoting Kazakhstan’s art in the international cultural and intellectual space. A distinctive feature of the project is a comprehensive approach to its implementation, consisting of a presentation part and a professional-educational program for artists. The project is aimed at forming interest in the foreign public to artists who create a diverse picture of Kazakh contemporary art.

Exhibitions are designed to show the works of artists of different periods and generations, to explore Kazakhstan’s art in the context of the world art scene, to reveal narratives of Kazakh art of the XX-XXI centuries through the study of the works of artists of the Soviet period and contemporary artists, to show the continuation of the artistic tradition and the birth of modern art in the period of Kazakhstan’s independence. At the same time, the National Museum of Kazakhstan for the first time initiated the opening of an art residence for Kazakhstani artists abroad. From June 1 to September 30 in the studios of the House of Artists “Betania” (Berlin), artists have the opportunity to acquire new knowledge, skills and experience.

The key themes of the Focus Kazakhstan exhibition will be the globalization of Kazakh society and its desovietization, the feminist movement, the phenomenon of “local modernism”, and post-nomadic art.

The exhibition “Postnomadic Horizons” will take place in London from September 18–October 16.

The exhibition “Bread and Roses” will be open in Berlin from September 25–October 20.

The exhibition “Collections of Thoughts: Making up Stories” will be held in Jersey City (USA) from October 14–November 20.

The exhibition “Eurasian Utopia: PostScriptum” will take place in Suwon (South Korea) from November 27 to March 3, 2019.

The Focus Kazakhstan project is organized by the National Museum of Kazakhstan with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan.

Sergey Kwan