Art Life Chronicle

Issue #1 • 1044

January 10-15, CEH

An exhibition called “Service to the Motherland – a Sacred Duty”, organized by the AAU, the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Art Exhibitions Directorate and the THP, was timed to the Day of Homeland Defenders and the 20th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan. It displayed more than 100 paintings, drawings and art photography created by professional artists, military servicemen and their family members.

The works of S. Rakhmetov, R. Hudaiberganov, A. Ikramjanov and other artists picture both well-known historical personalities, and our contemporaries. Visitors could also see a collection of military blazonry, landscapes and still life paintings, as well as articles made by children from paper and beads.

 

January 20 – February 5, CEH

An exhibition “Prosperous Homeland – the Achievement a Multi-ethnic Nation” was organized by the AAU, RICC, THP, and the Republican Art Association “Tasviriy oyina”; it introduced the audience to the culture and traditions of different nationalities, for whom our country has become a second home. The display showed the works of B. Jalal, V. Burmakin, N. Shin, A. Avakyan, T. Lee and other artists and of photographers. It also demonstrated traditional costumes and ceramics. In the framework of the exhibition, winners of the 4th republican festival “Uzbekistan, the Home We Share” received their awards.

 

January 23-31, ICSC

Hiroshige Utagawa, renowned Japanese graphic artist representing ukie-e trend and master of colour xylography, displayed his “100 Famous Sites of Edo”. “It is remarkable that the exhibition takes place as part of marking the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Japan and Uzbekistan”, says Tsuyoshi Kurihara, Head of Cultural Department of the Embassy of Japan to our country. “We hope that people of Tashkent, through the woodcuts of Hiroshige whose art is known all over the world, will get better knowledge about our country, its history and culture.” The Edo series of landscape and subject sketches includes 119 sheets of upright format.

 

January 25 – February 10, THP

An exhibition at the Tashkent House of Photography, which was organized on the initiative of the AAU, the Romanian Embassy in Uzbekistan, and the THP, introduced its visitors to one of the most important concepts of Theodore Radu Pantea, photographer presenting 25 of his works. Ph.D in the history of photography, member of the Romanian Association of Photographers, and the winner of many international awards, including silver medal of the 5th International Tashkent Biennale of Photography “TashkentAle-2010″, Pantea experiments boldly in his art. He is known for his innovative spirit, and this time he produced a series of works united by a single idea. His project called “The World of Christo Yavashev” is a paraphrase of the works of American artist of Bulgarian descent Christo Yavashev, also known as Christo. The photographs eloquently tell a story of a boundary between trivial life and spiritual rebirth.

 

January 27 – February 27, FAGU

The title of Babur Mukhamedov’s exhibition “The Impulse of Colour” most adequately reflects the essence of the exposition. The painter’s art evolved under the influence of the West European art of the first half of the XX century, particularly, German expressionism. The titles of his paintings “Reflection”, “Tibet,” “Stones,” “Every point Is a Moment of My Life” are just an impulse, the starting point for the flight of imagination. His works speak of the master’s desire to freeze the time, like Goethe’s Faust, and, through painting, communicate things that cannot be expressed by words and could only be sensed subconsciously.

 

February 8-22, THP

“The Flower of Eternity” was the title of an exhibition dedicated to the great poet and thinker Alisher Navoi. More than 60 works (paintings, drawings, art photography, sculpture, miniatures, sketches for costumes and theatre sets) by renowned masters, including the People’s Artist of Uzbekistan Ch. Ahmarov, academicians S. Abdullaev, B. Babaev, S. Rakhmetov, K. Basharov, and I. Jabbarov, helped the audience understand the world created by ingenious Navoi and to empathize with the feelings and thoughts of his characters. Many of the works depict Alisher Navoi, who inspires contemporary artists to create new pieces of art.

 

February 14-24, ICSC

An exhibition “Our Pride, The Heritage of Our Ancestors” initiated by the AAU, the ICSC, and the Behzad Memorial Garden-Museum was scheduled to mark two important dates: the 571st anniversary of Alisher Navoi, and the 529th anniversary of Zahiriddin Muhammad Babur. The exhibition presented the works of miniaturists B. Hojimetov, H. Mukhitdinov, and Sh. Shomansurov, as well as of students and graduates of the National Institute of Arts and Design named after K. Behzad, and the Republican Art College. Authors of the best works inspired by the pieces of the two eminent poets and thinkers were awarded diplomas. On the exhibition opening day a calligraphy master class was delivered.

 

February 15 – March 3, THP

Graduates of the THP art studio that has already been there for 11 years, were able to share their vision of the world through their camera lens at a reporting exhibition held at the Tashkent House of Photography.

Among the 100 works there were portraits, landscapes, still life, etc., authored by G. Avanesyan, T. Kamilov, D. Kayumova, A. Manucharova and other photographers.

 

February 17 – March 17, FAGU

Solo exhibition “Wanderer” was held in memory of Medat Kagarov, an outstanding artist and Academician of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan. His metaphorical world has an impressive philosophical depth and originality that absorbed centuries-old spiritual culture of Central Asian people. In every work of the master (“Oriental Melody”, “Difficult Road”, “Taraziy The Poet”, “Family”, “From childhood. Holiday”, etc.) one can sense his presence, his soul… Perhaps that is why his art is so mesmerizing, and the characters on his canvases – the eternal wanderers – keep searching for love and light, following their creator.

 

February 21 – 15 March, CEH

Solo exhibition of Azamat Khatamov delighted its visitors with the display of sculptural compositions and graphic art. The exposition was a wonderful gift not only to the audience, but also to the master himself, celebrating his 60th anniversary this year.

The works of Khatamov, who for many years has been teaching at the Behzad National Institute of Arts and Design at the department of sculpture, stand out for their remarkable plasticity, ease and originality, demonstrating the artist’s ability to communicate the subtlest nuances of human sentiments, as evidenced by the titles: “Meditation”, “Frustration”, “Bliss”, “Motherhood”, “Daughter”, “Flexible”, “Women’s Talk”, “Lecturing”…

 

February 21, Beit Lebanim Art House, Holon (Israel)

With the support of the Inter-Parliamentary Friendship League of the Israeli Knesset, an Uzbek Culture Night was organized to celebrate the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and the State of Israel. The concert hall lobby turned into a photo-gallery, “Uzbekistan: Past and Present”, and hosted a stand showing items of applied arts and crafts. As part of the event, there also ran an exhibition of Uzbek artists Sh. Shamansurov, “The Land of Captivating Beauty”.

 

February 22, Haryana (India)

On the initiative of the Ministries of Tourism and Foreign Affairs of India, the Indian State of Haryana hosted the 26th festival of folklore and handicrafts called Surajkund Crafts Mela. The participation of our country’s representatives marked the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and India. At the festival Uzbekistan was represented by a folk performance company from Khorezm Province, as well as by an exhibition of applied arts and crafts.

 

February 28 – April 28, FAGU

Organizers of a unique exhibition called “The Buddhist Heritage of Uzbekistan” – the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, the Institute of Art History, the National Bank of Uzbekistan, the Fine Arts Gallery of Uzbekistan, and “Uzbekistan-Japan” Friendship Society – presented artefacts discovered in Surkhandarya Province during the ten years of archaeological research carried out by Uzbek archaeologists and a scholar from Japan Kyudzo Kato.

The exhibition showcased fragments of temple murals (clay, pigment), statues of Buddha and Devatas, bone chess pieces, jars and jewellery made of bronze, glass and stone, as well as other artefacts dating mainly to the I-III centuries AD.

 

March 2-15, CEH

The now traditional exhibition “Vesenniy Vernisazh” marking the International Women’s Day celebrated on the 8th of March, which was organized by the AAU and the Art Exhibitions Directorate, demonstrated about 200 items. Among their authors are women-artists Vera Nechaeva, Rimma Gagloeva, Iskra Shin, Dilorom Mamedova, and Nigora Latypova; ceramists Ludwiga Nesterovich, Nazira Kuzieva, Natalia Domantsevich, and others.

During the opening day there also ran a personal exhibition of a renowned woman-painter Galina Mordvintseva; her works include “Brichmulla”, “Bogustan”, “Bouquet of Chrysanthemums”, “Lilacs”, “Water-Spring”, etc.

 

March 5-18, THP

“Flowers and Colours of My Life” was the title of a solo exhibition of Shoirahon Kuzieva, whose works found their deserved place in many museums, galleries and private collections both at home and abroad. More than 50 paintings and drawings expose the artist’s rich inner world, her thoughts and feelings inspired by the lyrical and a little sad beauty of Autumn (“Autumnal Courtyard”), childhood days (“Back to Childhood”), flowers and scenery dear to her heart, and love for all things beautiful (“The Bird of Happiness”).

 

March 7-20, THP

On the eve of the International Women’s Day marked on the 8th of March a photo exhibition “Images of Spring” displayed 140 photographs of amazing beauty, glorifying the woman, joys of motherhood, and the awakening of nature that symbolizes the renewal of life. The authors (among them Gayane Avanesyan, Nadezhda Riksieva, Maria Avakumova, Alexander Kanaki, Abdugani Jumaev, Rustam Sharipov, Konstantin Minaichenko, and Nicholai Khan) are members of the Photographers section of the Artists Union of Uzbekistan, graduates of art photography studio at the THP, and young amateur photographers.

 

March 14-24, CEH

“Navruz 2012″, the now traditional festival of handicrafts organized by the AAU and the Art Exhibitions Directorate, displayed the works of craftsmen representing famous schools of monochrome and polychrome ceramics, embroidery, printed textile, musical instruments, and plaster carvings (ganch). The festival exposition featured over 160 pieces wrought by famous artists of the late 19th and 20th centuries, namely chitgar Usto Abdurahman Abdugafurov, Usto Usman Zufarov (musical instruments), ganchkor Usto Tashpulat Arslankulov, ceramist from Shakhrisabz Usto Abdukarim Hazratkulov and others who have made a unique contribution to the development of the country’s applied arts and crafts and transferred their knowledge to their children, grandchildren and students. A small display presented items from almost every regional school of Uzbek ceramics, including Rishtan, Gijduvan, and Khorezm, as well as contemporary embroidery of various traditional schools of Uzbekistan.

 

March 19 – April 9, ICSC

Photography exhibition “Tohoku Region: Recovery for a Better Future” was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Embassy of Japan to Uzbekistan, and the AAU with the support of the International Caravanserai. 113 works included in the display, as well as a documentary film presented on the opening day, recorded the magnitude of the tragedy of March 11, 2011 in Japan, and also showed selflessness and dedication of rescue teams from around the world who helped the people of Japan to overcome the consequences of the natural disaster. The photographs show scenes from the life of the survivors (“Precious picture recovered from the house debris”, “Three separated sisters found each other in the evacuation centre”, “Cherry Blossoms on the streets turned into ruins”). Part of the exposition introduced the audience to the beauty of the Tohoku Region, its ancient architectural monuments, customs and traditions of the Japanese people.

 

March 23 – April 5, THP

More than 70 works were displayed in “I Paint My Songs” exhibition of Alexander Kamensky, photographer, member of the Artists Union of the AAU, poet, performing artist and traveller who participated in a number of photo exhibitions in Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine, and represented his photographs at international tourism fairs in London, Paris, Madrid and Berlin. These works include “Bonfires of Sunsets”, “Apricot Blossom”, “Road to Eternity,” “Crimean Etude”, “Golden River. Arctic Circle”, “The Two”, etc. Kamensky keeps travelling far and wide, as he used to do – to Kamchatka, Kolyma, the Arctic Circle, Central Asia, the Crimea, Carpathian Mountains and the Caucasus. His current interest in photography emerged as an addition to poetry and music.

 

Acronyms:

AAU – the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan

CEH – the Central Exhibition Hall

FAGU – the Fine Arts Gallery of Uzbekistan

THP – the Tashkent House of Photography

ICSC – the International Caravanserai of Culture

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