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

The book The Resurgence of Central Asia: Islam or Nationalism? by one of Pakistan’s most gifted political commentators, Ahmed Rashid, is being published. The study explores the Central Asian countries that emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. On the research cover depicted the 2010 work by the Kazakhstani artist duo Yelena and Victor Vorobyev 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.

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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.

Vyacheslav Akhunov’s works on show in Venice

Vyacheslav Akhunov’s works on show in Venice

4 June – 10 October, 2016

Palazzo Fortuny in Venice is holding a series of exhibitions of private collections entitled Quand fondra la neige où ira le blanc [When the Snow Melts, Where Does the White Go?]. The exhibition’s aim is to examine the question: how has the role of the art collector evolved from the time of the great Renaissance collections to the present day? The first show from the series is dedicated to Enea Righi's private collection, which includes works by artists like Alighiero Boetti, Daniel Buren, Lawrence Weiner, Walid Raad, Thomas Hirschhorn, Philippe Parreno and Vyacheslav Akhunov. 

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Vorobyevs' "Petrifactions (Keyboard)"

Specially for the Smart Park in Naryn (Kyrgyzstan), built with the support of the Aga Khan Foundation as part of the University of Central Asia campus, Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev created a new monumental site-specific work, continuing their Petrifactions series. The Keyboard consists of a dozen granite blocks engraved with computer keyboard symbols. 

Said Atabekov at TEDxAstanaWomen

Said Atabekov at TEDxAstanaWomen

29 October 2016

On 29 October Astana hosted a conference dedicated to women TEDxAstana Women It’s about Time. Said Atabekov exhibited his photographs from his series Way to Rome and Korpeshe Flags as part of the conference art program. The exhibition included works from the series in which the artist explored the difficult role of women in the modern society.


Almagul Menlibayeva’s solo show Transformation at Grand Palais

Almagul Menlibayeva’s solo show Transformation at Grand Palais

17 December 2016 – 2 January 2017

In December 2016 Almagul Menlibayeva will present her new project Transformation conceived specially for Grand Palais’ Salle d’honneur. Exploring the elements of history, architecture and science, the video artist will propose a work addressing issues relevant not only for Kazakhstan, but to the globalised world, as well. 

www.grandpalais.fr/almagul-menlibayeva 

Almagul Menlibayeva in the 6th Daegu Photo Biennale

Almagul Menlibayeva in the 6th Daegu Photo Biennale

29 September – 3 November 2016

The 2016 Daegu Biennale is based on the theme “We Are from Somewhere, but Where Are We Going?”. The exhibition is inspired by creativity, experimental spirit, history, space and the environment of Asia. This year’s Daegu Photo Biennale focuses on the current global phenomena (such as transcending national boundaries and the massive flow of information) and their impact on Asian countries.

www.daeguphoto.com


Rustam Khalfin’s Eurasian utopia

Rustam Khalfin’s Eurasian utopia

30 September, 2016

On 30 September Moscow’s NCCA will present famous video works by one of the founders of Kazakhstani contemporary art, Rustam Khalfin, as well as documentary materials about the artist's main projects, including his colossal Clay Project installation and The Wishes Landscape. The artist's works will be presented by Yulia Tikhonova who сo-authored with Khalfin the video project Northern Barbarians.

Yelena and Victor Vorobyevs in ARTBAT FEST 7

Yelena and Victor Vorobyevs in ARTBAT FEST 7

3 - 30 September, 2016

The seventh edition of contemporary art festival ARTBAT FEST took place in Almaty. Yelena and Victor Vorobyevs took part in the festival's project Symbiosis held in the city’s Botanical garden. The artist duo presented their new installation Art (The Immortals) consisting of natural and artificial flowers. Their work was an illustration of the expression "Ars longa, vita brevis".


Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev will participate in the Aichi Triennale in Japan

Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev will participate in the Aichi Triennale in Japan

11 August – 23 October, 2016

Aichi Triennale is one of the few international art festivals, which aims to show creativity in all its aspects. The festival embraces not only visual art, but also moving images, music, dance, performance and opera. Triennale offers an opportunity to reconnect with nature and provides an open forum to discuss ideas.

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Yelena Vorobyeva's paintings in a group show in Astana

Yelena Vorobyeva's paintings in a group show in Astana

23 June - 23 August, 2016

An exhibition of contemporary painting from Kazakhstan Towards Future: Contemporary Heritage is opening at the National Museum in Astana. Yelena Vorobyeva will present a dozen of her paintings, including well-known canvases Ceiling (2010), Zero Equals Infinity (1991) and Blue Sky (Metal Sunshine) (2005), in which she explores the widespread use of window bars in the shape of the sun in the Post-Soviet region, the subject of Vorobyev couple's Day-Night (2006) and Sunsets and Sunrises (1998-2003) installations.


‘The Government Inspector’ by Nikolai Gogol at Deutsches Theater Almaty

‘The Government Inspector’ by Nikolai Gogol at Deutsches Theater Almaty

18, 24 and 26 June, 2016

These days in Deutsches Theater Almaty is taking place the premiere of The Government Inspector based on the play by the Russian classic writer Nikolai Gogol. The scenery and costumes were made by the artists Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev.

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Almagul Menlibayeva in a group show DIS/POSSESSED?

Almagul Menlibayeva in a group show DIS/POSSESSED?

10 – 12 June, 2016

DIS/POSSESSED? exhibition opens on 10 June in Zurich during the Manifesta 11. The show features works by Almagul Menlibayeva and nine other Kazakhstani contemporary artists. The exhibition invites to explore a new territory on possession and dispossession and to immerse into interlinked viewpoints and multiple climaxes, in which questions such as: “What possesses who?” are not as easy to answer as it might first appear.