NUR-SULTAN – The Great Steppe History travelling exhibition opened July 13 in an exhibit centre in Taldykorgan in the Almaty Region, reported Tengrinews.kz.
“The idea of the exhibition was inspired by the ‘Seven Facets of the Great Steppe’ article. What is the world’s perception of the peculiarities of the people living in the arid zone in the centre of the Eurasian continent for centuries? What is the difference between the Asian continental feeling and the European sea sensation? What values did horse riding people bring to the world bank of human culture?” said organiser Dinara Amangeldina.
The travelling exhibit features more than 100 works of 12 artists including Askhat Akhmedyarov, Said Atabekov, Alibay Bapanov, Smail Bayaliyev, Saule Dusenbina, Almagul Menlibayeva, Moldakul Narymbetov, Rashid Nurekeyev, Arystanbek Shalbayev, Vitaly Simakov and Saule Suleimenova. Exhibition curators Liza Akhmadi and Yulia Sorokina were present for the opening ceremony.
Among the objects are Dusenbina’s “Pillows,” a set of airbags depicting batyrs and other animals. The display, stretching from floor to ceiling, focuses on the problem of mass deaths of wildlife. “Grandmother’s Eyes,” by Akhmedyarov, is a sequence of eye-shaped cauldrons extended along several rows. It expresses the artist’s memories of visiting his grandmothers in the village and their excitement and care each time they saw him.
The exhibition also features lectures and master classes. It will continue through Aug. 13.
Great Steppe History was featured earlier in two other cities and will be travelling to additional regions. It is significant as one of the first exhibitions of its scale to reach the country’s more remote areas. The exhibit was organised by the Almaty Region Akimat (administration) as part of Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s Seven Facets of the Great Steppe programme.