Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev in ‘Our Stories’

Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev in ‘Our Stories’

4 December 2017

Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev’s video Smiley was shown during the 2017 edition of The Compiler Screenings titled Our Stories which took place in Basel. Thirteen stories told by thirteen video artists from Switzerland, Palestine, Iran, Turkey and Kazakhstan communicated the political, cultural and social complexities of our world with the common goal of bridging our communal interconnection while taking into account the many challenges affecting us, our landscapes, our travels and our relationships. 

The Compiler Screenings 2017 were organized by White Frame and Treibsand Online Exhibition Space. 

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Human Rights: 20 Years Later

Human Rights: 20 Years Later

6 - 20 December 2017

A group show of Kazakhstani artists Human Rights: 20 Years Later opens on 6 December at ARTMEKEN gallery in Almaty. The exhibition organized with the support of Soros Foundation Kazakhstan brings together 13 artists, among which are Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev and Yerbossyn Meldibekov. The exhibition curated by Valeria Ibraeva is timed to the world Human Rights Day celebrated on 10 December.

Something about Contemporary Nomadism

Something about Contemporary Nomadism

30 November 2017 - 14 January 2018

Aspan Gallery is pleased to present the first solo show of renowned Kyrgyz artists in Central Asia. Something about Contemporary Nomadism will include installations, video and photography of the artist couple from Bishkek Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev, including their programmatic Transsiberian Amazons (2005) and Brooklyn Bridge (2010), as well as the new works that will be shown for the first time. 

The show Something about Contemporary Nomadism will be held at EXPO Villa, Villa Boutiques & Restaurants (Al-Farabi 140 A) from 30 November 2017 to 14 January 2018. 

Shiryaevo Biennale. Central Russian Zen

Shiryaevo Biennale. Central Russian Zen

1 September - 8 October 2017

Central Russian Zen group exhibition opened in the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, part of ROSIZO. The exhibition was a metaphorical reflection on the experience of the oldest active international biennale of contemporary art in Russia, which has been held since 1999 in the ancient Russian village of Shiryaevo on the Volga bank, one of the most beautiful places of the Samara bend surrounded by the Zhiguli Nature Reserve on all sides. The Shiryaevo Biennale was intended and carried out as an international experimental project by famous Russian curators Nelya Korzhova and Roman Korzhov, the founders of the Samara Regional Public Charity Foundation The Centre for Contemporary Art with active contribution from Hanns-Michael Rupprechter and the Stuttgart Union of Artists from Germany as well as a group of artists from Kazakhstan headed by Rustam Khalfin and Sergey Maslov.

www.ncca.ru


Bakhyt Bubikanova in a group show 'Elsewhere'

Bakhyt Bubikanova in a group show 'Elsewhere'

6 - 10 October 2017

Bakhyt Bubikanova's works will be presented at Floodlight Foundation's first exhibition in London. The group show entitled Elsewhere brings attention to artists having a moment elsewhere but who have had little or no exposure in London before.


On Borders and Other Inventions

On Borders and Other Inventions

14 October - 12 November 2017

Aspan Gallery presents a new show On Borders and Other Inventions with Kazakhstani Said Atabekov and Malian Abdoulaye Konaté. Despite the obvious cultural and geographical differences, both artists explore the issues of borders, identity, and interaction of different cultures, religions and ideologies and work with traditional for their respecitve regions materials. This would be the first show of Aspan Gallery's series of exhibitions-dialogues between a Central Asian and another non-Western contemporary artist.


‘NotNotNot’ – Exhibition of Central Asian Artists

‘NotNotNot’ – Exhibition of Central Asian Artists

24 September – 15 October 2017

A group show of Central Asian contemporary artists NotNotNot opened at Asanbay Centre in Bishkek. Three main complaints most commonly expressed by artists are reflected in the exhibition’s title: "Not as I wanted", "Not according to the plan", "Not the right size". The show, curated by Ulan Japarov, brought together the works from Central Asian artists of different generations. Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev and Said Atabekov presented their new pieces, whereas the younger generation of Kazakhstani art scene was represented by Bakhyt Bubikanova.

ART PROSPECT – BISHKEK: GREEN ZONES – NEW BREATH

ART PROSPECT – BISHKEK: GREEN ZONES – NEW BREATH

22 - 24 September 2017

International Public Art Festival Art Prospect founded by a non-profit organization CEC ArtsLink will take place in Bishkek Botanical Garden in the end of September. The festival will feature artists and collectives from Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Ukraine and the USA. Artists and organizers propose to re-imagine and invigorate the Botanical Garden, using art, design and architecture tools, helping to organize a place for informal meetings of citizens of all ages and groups. This year’s festival edition is curated by a Bishkek-based artist duo of Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev. 

www.artprospect.org


Almagul Menlibayeva and Said Atabekov in 'Reconciliation. Memory of the steppes'

Almagul Menlibayeva and Said Atabekov in 'Reconciliation. Memory of the steppes'

2 - 16 September 2017

The project Reconciliation is an attempt to rethink the events of the civil war in Russia and abroad in a series of exhibition projects. The exhibition unites works by artists from Russia and Kazakhstan, and refers to matters of historical and collective memory, fancy trajectories of its development and transformations. Trying to locate and reconstruct the unspoken history of the civil war in Kazakhstan, the artists use different ways of experiencing human history and war. The project is a part of ArtBat Fest 8 and is on display at Almaty Art Centre..

Yerbossyn Meldibekov in “A Romance with Revolution”

Yerbossyn Meldibekov in “A Romance with Revolution”

18 August – 12 November 2017

An international group exhibition A Romance with Revolution opened at ACC Galerie in Weimar and at Pushkinskaya-10, Saint-Petersburg independent cultural center. 100 years after “The Red October” the show raises the topic of fascination for riot, revolution and revolt as well as for the heritage and heirs, lessons and consequences from epochmaking changes. A Romance with Revolution presents works by 19 artists from 11 countries including Yerbossyn Meldibekov. 

www.nationaltheater-weimar.de

Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev in a Group Show

Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev in a Group Show "A Global Table"

23 September 2017 - 7 January 2018

Bishkek-based artist duo of Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev will take part in a group show  A Global Table which will run in the Frans Hals Museum in  Haarlem.  This exhibition featuring old and new art will showcase the food still lifes of the Golden Age offering an alternative reading of these works as documents from the history of the Netherlands’ colonial and trade relations in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The show will be completed by the works of contemporary artists interested in world trade and the effects of colonialism. A Global Table will be on display through 7 January 2018. 

www.franshalsmuseum.nl/en/exhibitions/global-table

"The Resurgence of Central Asia: Islam or Nationalism?"

A new book by one of Pakistan’s most gifted political commentators Ahmed Rashid The Resurgence of Central Asia: Islam or Nationalism? is being launched. The study analyses the political and social landscape of the Central Asian Respublics that emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. On the cover Yelena and Victor Vorobyevs' installation One of the Ways of Leveling of the Horizon.

Suns and Neons above Kazakhstan

Suns and Neons above Kazakhstan

7 June – 29 October 2017

A group show of Kazakhstani contemporary artists Suns and Neons above Kazakhstan opens in YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku. The exhibition brings together seminal works of the 1990s and the early 2000s from 16 Kazakhstani artists including Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Almagul Menlibayeva, Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev, Rustam Khalfin and Said Atabekov. The show aims to deconstruct a romanticized image of Kazakhstan as a vast and largely unpopulated geography that for decades played upon the collective imagination. Suns and Neons above Kazakhstan will run through 29 October 2017.

www.yarat.az/en/discover/exhibitions/overview/suns-and-neons-above-kazakhstan-group-exhibition


VIVA ARTE VIVA. The 57th Venice Biennale has opened

VIVA ARTE VIVA. The 57th Venice Biennale has opened

13 May – 26 November 2017

The 57th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia has officially started. This year’s edition titled Viva Arte Viva is curated by Christine Macel. Works of the leading contemporary artists are traditionally presented at the two venues – Biennale Gardens (Giardini) and Arsenale. National pavilions of 80 different countries are also open to the public. Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev represented by Aspan Gallery display their installation The Artist is Asleep (1996) at the Biennale’s main pavilion at Giardini. The artist duo’s programmatic work can be seen through 26 November.

www.labiennale.org


Aspan Gallery Group Show 'Painting Resistance'

Aspan Gallery Group Show 'Painting Resistance'

20 April - 4 June 2017

Aspan Gallery presents its first group show Painting Resistance in Almaty. The exhibition showcases the works by three Central Asian contemporary artists - Yelena Vorobyeva, Bakhyt Bubikanova and Valery Ruppel. All of them share a common interest in the themes of everyday life.

The group show Painting Resistance is on display at Villa Boutiques & Restaurants's EXPO Hall (140A Al-Farabi) through 4 June 2017.


Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev in the 57th Venice Biennale

Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev in the 57th Venice Biennale

13 May – 26 November 2017

Aspan Gallery congratulates Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev on being the first artists from Central Asia to participate in the Venice Biennale. This year's project curated by Christine Macel is titled VIVA ARTE VIVA and, according to Macel, is "an exclamation, an expression of the passion for art and for the state of the artist". Vorobyevs will present their installation The Artist Is Asleep (1996) in the biennale's main exhibition space in the Giardini. Last time the installation was shown in Vorobyevs' eponymous retrospective exhibition at the Kasteev Museum of Arts in Almaty in 2015, organised by Aspan Gallery and curated by Viktor Misiano

Sergey Maslov's solo show 'Astral Nomad'

Sergey Maslov's solo show 'Astral Nomad'

27 January - 31 March 2017

Sergey Maslov's solo show Astral Nomad has opened at the National Museum in Astana. The exhibition features rarely seen works from the collection of Nevzorovs Eastern Kazakhstan Regional Museum.

 'Limited Liability Pavilion 2.0' group show has opened in Kyiv

'Limited Liability Pavilion 2.0' group show has opened in Kyiv

21 December 2016 – 8 February 2017

A group show of Kazakhstani contemporary artists Limited Liability Pavilion 2.0 has opened in Kyiv art centre ‘Closer’. The exhibition continues Limited Liability Pavilion’s first edition which took place during the 2015 Venice Biennale and unofficially replaced Kazakhstan’s missing national pavilion. The show which unites different generations of Kazakhstani artists, including Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev, Rustam Khalfin, Sergey Maslov, Yerbossyn Meldibekov and Said Atabekov will be on view through 8 February 2017. 


Almagul Menlibayeva and Rustam Khalfin in a group show 'Urgent Conversations: Athens - Antwerp'

Almagul Menlibayeva and Rustam Khalfin in a group show 'Urgent Conversations: Athens - Antwerp'

31 October 2016 – 29 January 2017

The impulse behind the showco-produced by Athens National Museum of Contemporary Art and the M HKA Museum Antwerp,is the necessity of cultural dialogue on a global scale and within multifaceted Europe. The exhibition is structured around 22 notions with each time work of three different artists from the museums' collections in a dialogue around it, the total consisting of more than 70 works from 66 artists, including Almagul Menlibayeva and Rustam Khalfin. Urgent Conversations: Athens - Antwerp is running until 29 January 2017 at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens and will later travel to Antwerp.

www.emst_muhka.ensembles.org

Said Atabekov in a group show from the collection of UniCredit Bank in Milan

Said Atabekov in a group show from the collection of UniCredit Bank in Milan

20 December 2016 – 19 January 2017

The exhibition Look at Me! Da Nadar a Gursky: i ritratti nella Collezione d'arte UniCredit will showcase the most representative works from the collection of UniCredit Bank. The show, conceived as a review of photography from the end of XIX century to the present day, will feature 170 works from various artists, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, Gerhard Richter, Andreas Gursky and Said Atabekov.