Kazakhstan artworks represent diverse and exciting themes

Oct 12. The Star

By PRIYA MENON

Kazakhstan artworks represent diverse and exciting themesTHE beauty of Kazakhstan arts and culture will be on display for the first time in Malaysia.

Held at the Starhill Gallery Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with Kazakhstan’s 20th year of independence, the month-long art exhibition entitled “The Bridge of Art to Kazakhstan” will showcase 101 paintings by the country’s lauded painters.

The launch of the exhibition was launched by Tourism Ministry Deputy Secretary General Dr Junaida Lee Abdullah and witnessed by the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Beibut Atamkulov.

“This year we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of our independence. We are a young country, but our art is saturated with history and tradition.

There are a lot of similarities between Kazakhstan and Malaysia, especially in history, demography and economic development. Both countries made an impressive path in its development. Kazakhstan and Malaysia built their new capitals — Astana and Putrajaya, which have become a pride of Kazakhs and Malaysians,” Atamkulov said.

The paintings at this exhibition represent richly diverse and exciting themes, genres and techniques that reflect the culture of the people of Kazakhstan.

There are some 131 ethnicities that are much celebrated in the country and the representation among the artists is diverse, including Tagenova Gulzhamal whose art celebrates the female image of Eastern elegance and mystique, expressed through vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines criss-crossing to form planes of rich, sparkling tonal values in an emergence of feminity.

Kilibayev Nurlan Atalykovich is well known for his creative combination of both classic and modern styles.

He depicts the beauty of the Eastern women and the nomadic soldiers with their tribal attire and weapons in his paintings.

Picturesque works ranging from majestic cityscapes to rugged landscapes can be seen in the expressiveness of Kulbatyrov Rashid, a Grand Prix winner of the Caspian Sea International Festival in 2006.

“The Bridge of Art to Kazakhstan” exhibition is being held at the Explore Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

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