Contemporary Art Center Hosts Forum Dedicated to Day of First President


Fascinating painting which was demonstrated at the Forum depicts woman in the Kazakh national dress.

ASTANA – The International Art Forum 2012 was held in Astana on November 15. The initiator and organizer of the forum, the Kulanshi Contemporary Art Center, dedicated the event to the Day of the First President of Kazakhstan marked on December 1.

Every year this forum involves artists, sculptors and designers from around the world. This year’s International Art Forum presented the work of four artists: Ron di Scenza from Italy, Mammad Rashidov from Azerbaijan and Asan Boronchinov and Yerzhan Yussupov from Kazakhstan.

The exhibition was opened by Kazakhstan’s Minister of Culture and Information Darkhan Mynbay. He thanked the Kulanshi Contemporary Art Center for organizing the event and highlighted the contribution of the private sector in the development of art in Kazakhstan.

Many guests who attended the event despite the bad winter weather, enjoyed the paintings accompanied by remarkable compositions of the Saz Keruen Band.

The sculptor from Azerbaijan was not able to attend the forum, but his sculptural installations of broken windshields surprised viewers with their uniqueness.


Visitors enjoyed the event accompanied by remarkable compositions of the Saz Keruen band.

Asan Boronchinov presented a series of paintings, “Colors on White,” executed in the style of tablet computer graphics.

Yerzhan Yussupov presented ten still life paintings of Kazakhstan and its capital. The young artist sought to convey the culture of the Kazakh people in his paintings.

The work of Italian artist Ron di Scenza was key to the programme. He presented a portrait of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and asked to give this gift to the head of state. Time Magazine has chosen this portrait for the cover of its issue devoted to Kazakhstan.

In addition to the portrait, di Scenza exhibited a series of paintings called “Dancing in the Dark,” created in the style of monumental painting. At first glance, these works seem to be alive. Dramatic lighting is a key attribute of di Scenza’s work and he employs it masterfully to evoke dark stages and spot-lit dancers. The artist also held a master class with students of the Kazakh National University of Arts and amateur artists. He was impressed by the talent of his new students, and promised to visit Astana again next spring.

“I’m very happy to be in Kazakhstan. I want to thank Leila Makhat (director of the Kulanshi Art Center) for this opportunity to show my work,” he said.

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