Kazakh Modern Art Well Received by French Public

The exhibition of contemporary painters, sculptors and carpet artists, “Shanyrak, Canopy of Heaven,” which was presented in the framework of the international project “Building Bridges between East and West,” was held recently in Cannes.


According to an interview given by the Project Manager of the exhibition Larisa Inzhudzhyan to the “Liter” newspaper, the arts of Goulfairous Ismailova, Marat Bekeyev, Edouard Kazarian and Andrey Noda have attracted much interest.

The exhibition was held in the Central Exhibition Hall Miramar on the famous Croisette Boulevard, where according to artists every picture is a masterpiece. And since Cannes is a centre of tourism and international festivals, the works of art by Kazakh painters and artists gained attention from art lovers from around the world.


According to Inzhudzhyan, this large-scale international project is based on the main principle of art, which is the preservation and transmission of human traditions and the raising of cultural cooperation to a higher level. She stated that an exhibition of this scale devoted to the contemporary art of Kazakhstan has never taken place before on the Cote d’Azur. This is why the opening day of the exhibition has been called an extraordinary event in the history of Franco-Kazakh relations by local journalists.

The exhibition has stirred as much enthusiasm among critics as it has among audiences. Art lovers had an opportunity to address their questions to artist Marat Bekeyev and sculptor Edouard Kazarian. The artists were asked about techniques used in the showcased pieces as well as the thoughts and ideas reflected in their works.


Initiated by the MPL and Ismet public funds and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, this project was well received by the French public. In his opening speech, Mayor of Cannes David Lisnard said that he is a fan of Kazakh art. Speaking of the idea of ​​the project at the opening day, he said: “Kazakhstan is represented in Cannes as a young, dynamically developing country looking into the future. Therefore, the compositional focus of the exhibition is clear. It is made on the achievements in the field of fine art.”

He also expressed his desire to present more Kazakh artists to the French public.

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