Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories in Zürich

Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories in Zürich

7 March 2020 - 11 October 2020

Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories is the first in a series of two exhibitions that will explore the relationship between humans and nature. The art gathered in both shows scrutinizes the interactions between man and nature from a variety of angles and limns potential future scenarios of life on earth. The works on view in the first chapter draw attention to the ways in which the environment has been appropriated in the pursuit of power and resources, shedding light on the repercussions for both nature and social fabrics. They also interrogate conceptions of knowledge in the natural sciences that have been developed in the course of man’s power-driven appropriation of the natural world.

Curated by Heike Munder (director Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst) and Suad Garayeva-Maleki (director YARAT Contemporary Art Space). Among artists participating in the group show is Almagul Manlibayeva.

Yerbossyn Meldibekov's

Yerbossyn Meldibekov's "Transformer" in Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

1 May 2020 - 29 November 2020

Transformer, the project which Kazakh artist Yerbossyn Meldibekov has created as the Garage Square Commission, is the result of his research into the history of the monuments in one of Tashkent’s squares, which have changed nine times in the past 100 years.

Over the past 100 years the garden has had six different names and nine different monuments at its center. The first monument was to Konstantin von Kaufmann, a Russian military leader who played a key role in the conquest of Central Asia. It was erected under the Russian Empire. After the Revolution it was replaced by a Red Flag monument, followed by Hammer and Sickle, The Beacon of Revolution, statues of Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, a stele with the Program of the Communist Party, and finally, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a statue of Amir Timur.


Sekretiki: Digging Up Soviet Underground Culture, 1966–1985

Sekretiki: Digging Up Soviet Underground Culture, 1966–1985

12 December 2019 - 24 May 2020

Sekretiki (“little secrets”) was a popular pastime for Soviet kids. Showing your friends your collection of pretty objects buried in the ground under a piece of glass was an early experience of forming a friendship group, and looting such collections was an invasion of personal space.

Employing this game as a metaphor, Sekretiki: Digging Up Soviet Underground Culture, 1966–1985 presents Soviet underground art as a form of secret knowledge shared by a circle of friends and collaborators and requiring protection from the outside forces of ideological control and censorship. During the Soviet period, such secret activities were not limited to art but also included spiritual practices, from yoga to esotericism and alternative medicine. Among artists participating in the exhibition Vyacheslav Akhunov.


Second Lahore Biennale Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi

Second Lahore Biennale Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi

26 January 2020 - 29 February 2020

LB02 will critically explore dissonances between humans and our increasingly strained relationship with the environment. With a focus on the Global South, where ongoing social disaffection is being aggravated by the emerging effects of climate change, LB02 will bring together artists from across the world to engage with these pressing issues using sites throughout Lahore.  “Questions of identity, recognition, and difference are among the most urgent and globally resonant of our time,” said Hoor Al Qasimi, Curator of LB02. “In the Global South, colonial legacies and the rise of modern identities have hardened differences across ethnic, religious, linguistic, and national lines,” she added, pointing out that LB02 seeks to address this growing polarization by recuperating histories of coexistence, interaction, and solidarity in regions such as Asia. “The objective,” said Al Qasimi, “is to offer an expansive and generous vision of the future characterized by multiplicity and openness, rather than by homogeneity and closure.” Among the artists whose work will be shown in LB02 is Almagul Menlibayeva.


"Living memory" exhibition in Almaty Museum

28 November 2019 - 22 December 2019

Living memory is a project dedicated to the history, memory and overcoming of Stalinism in Kazakhstan. Collective monograph “Living memory. Stalinism in Kazakhstan: the Past, Memory, Overcoming ”edited by Zhulduzbek Abylkhozhin, Mikhail Akulov and Alexandra Tsai explores the history of the Stalinist repressions in Kazakhstan in the 1930s and 1940s, the memory of it and its understanding of modern Kazakhstani society. Among the artists participating in the exhibition are Said Atabekov, Bakhyt Bubikanova, Alexander Ugay.


"Shiryaevo Biennale: Central Russian Zen" exhibition in Berlin

27 October - 1 December 2019

Shiryaevo Biennale: Central Russian Zen transforms MOMENTUM into an artistic journey to Central Russia. Drawing from the photographs, videos, objects and installations of the Shiryaevo Biennale archive, this exhibition immerses audiences in an overview of the oldest active biennale in Russia and its creative evolution from the moment of its founding in 1999 until the present. Founded and run to this day by artists/curators Roman Korzhov & Nelya Korzhova, the Shiryaevo Biennale is focused around the principle of the "Nomadic Show", a processional exhibition through the ancient Russian village of Shiryaevo, on the banks of the Volga river. Over 180 international artists have participated in the Shiryaevo Biennale in the 20 years since its inception. Included in Berlin exhibition are artists Sergey Maslov, Rustam Khalfin and Yerbossyn Meldibekov.


A new series of exhibitions

A new series of exhibitions "The Missing Planet" has opened at the Pecci Centre in Italy

8 November 2019 - 3 May 2020

The Missing Planet is a new series of exhibitions that occur semi-annually, conceived by the director, Cristiana Perella and dedicated to developing the themes, time periods and languages of Centro Pecci’s collection, each time entrusting the curatorship of the exhibition to an invited curator. This time the exhibition curated by Marco Scotini is dedicated to Post-Soviet art and is entitled Visions and Re-Visions of 'Soviet Times' from the Pecci Centre's and Other Collections. Amongst artists participating in the exhibition are Vyacheslav Akhunov, Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev, Yelena & Viktor Vorobyevs, Said Atabekov


The fifth session of curator Viktor Misiano’s project

The fifth session of curator Viktor Misiano’s project "Human Condition", entitled "Biography: Model Kit", has opened in Moscow

13 November 2019 - 2 February 2020

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the National Centre for Contemporary art and the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center present the 5th session of the large-scale interdisciplinary project Human Condition, curated by Viktor Misiano. This year the theme focuses of the biography phenomenon – its place and importance in the contemporary culture. The exhibition Biography: Model Kit features videos, photos, installations and objects by 14 international artists, including Yelena and Viktor Vorobyevs with their series Necessary Additions. Home Archive


Astana Art Show

Astana Art Show

2 June - 10 August 2019

Astana Art Show will present three exhibitions: First Contact of young Kazahstani artists, Memories. Dialogues of Memory and an international show Racing the Galaxy.

This event will bring together about 70 artists - stars of world contemporary art from 20 countries. Among the participants of the festival are: Almagul Menlibayeva, Anvar Musrepov, Bakhyt Bubikanova, Gulnur Mukazhanova. The expositions will be held in the Palace of Independence, the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, in the TSE Art Destination Gallery of Modern Art and in the house of V. Kubrin, several art objects will decorate the urban space of Nur-Sultan city as well.

"Blood and Soil: Dark Arts for Dark Times"

14 June - 18 August 2019

A group show of 22 international artists, titled Blood and Soil: Dark Arts for Dark Times has opened in Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania. 

The exhibition follows some threads in contemporary art, such as using painting and performance to tell multi-dimensional stories. It also speaks to the importance of the underworld—the “chthonic”—and darkness as a semi-conscious articulation of lingering trauma, not least in Lithuania: the Second World War with the Holocaust and their aftermath. Rustam Khalfin's Clay Project is presented in this exhibition, curated by Anders Kreuger and Julija Fomina. 


"The Body: Digital Frontiers" exhibition in Moscow

7 June - 4 August 2019

A group show, titled "The Body: Digital Frontiers" has opened in Electromuseum in Moscow. This exhibition, curated by Aristarkh Chernyshev is dedicated to the relationship between the human body and technology. It features Anvar Musrepov's work "Fear of the Future".


REAL DEAL exhibition

REAL DEAL exhibition

29 May - 28 July 2019

REAL DEAL exhibition presents a duet of young Kazakhstani artists Anvar Musrepov and Nazira Karimova and the famous artist from French Guiana Tabita Rezaire.

Despite the obvious geographical and cultural differences, the works of Musrepov, Karimova and Rezare have much in common. Born in the Internet era, they explore the issue of spirituality and identity in the days of digital technology and the development of artificial intelligence, as well as the decolonial question that continues to penetrate and influence many aspects of our lives. This exhibition with the participation of Tabita Rezaire and Anvar Musrepov and Nazira Karimova is the third dialogue exhibition between Central Asian and foreign artists of non-Western origin, organised by Aspan Gallery.

REAL DEAL exhibition will be held in the EXPO, Villa Boutiques & Restaurants complex (Al-Farabi, 140a) from 29 May to 28 July 2019.

Nurbol Nurakhmet solo show

Nurbol Nurakhmet solo show "Split"

3 April - 12 May 2019

Aspan Gallery will present a solo show of young Kazakhstani artist Nurbol Nurakhmet. Nurbol Nurakhmet is one of the most prominent representatives of the young generation of Kazakhstani artists. Split exhibition, curated by Yulia Sorokina, will consist of several series made in different techniques - painting, drawing and collage. For the first time, Nurakhmet will present autolithography to the audience, an almost forgotten technique, thanks to which Kazakhstani artists became famous during Soviet times.

The Split exhibition will be held in the EXPO hall of the Villa Boutiques & Restaurants complex (Al-Farabi, 140a) from 3 April to 12 May 2019.

"Beyond Fragmentation" exhibition in New York

11 January - 28 February 2019

Beyond Fragmentation: Contemporary Collage from Central Asia is an exhibition of Central Asian contemporary artists, organised by Aspan Gallery in collaboration with Sapar Contemporary gallery in New York. 

Beyond Fragmentation exhibition follows "All the World's Collage!" shown at Aspan Gallery in 2018. Among the participants Vyacheslav Akhunov, Alexander Ugay, Bakhyt Bubikanova, Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev and Saule Dyussenbina. 


"Bad Jokes" in Astana

16 February - 7 March 2019

ARTMEKEN and Platforma gallery with a support of Soros Foundation and UN Office for Human Rights in Central Asia are organising an exhibition, titled Bad Jokes, dedicated to 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Works by Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev, Bakhyt Bubikanova and Nurbol Nurakhmet are shown at the exhibition, curated by Valeria Ibraeva. 

Videoart at Midnight Festival '18

Videoart at Midnight Festival '18

14 December -16 December 2018

Videoart at Midnight Festival celebrates 10 years and shows video art of 100 artists, in collaboration with the institutions of the Berlin art scene. This unique, collaborative festival of artist moving-image will testify to the international significance of Berlin as creative hub for artists working with film and video. Almagul Menlibayeva's short film, Gathered in Moscow will be shown at the Festival, among other films.



"Bad Jokes"

6 December - 26 December 2018

ARTMEKEN Gallery with a support of Soros Foundation and UN Office for Human Rights in Central Asia are organising an exhibition, dedicated to 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Works by Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev, Bakhyt Bubikanova and Nurbol Nurakhmet will be shown at the exhibition, titled Bad Jokes, curated by Valeria Ibraeva. 


Eurasian Utopia: Post Scriptum

Eurasian Utopia: Post Scriptum

27 November 2018 - 3 March 2019

The last exhibition, as part of the Focus Kazakhstan initiative, titled "Eurasian Utopia: Post Scriptumis intended to acquaint the South Korean audience with the artists of Kazakhstan. Surveying the work of nearly 30 Kazakh artists from the 20th and 21st centuries, the collaborative group show aims to highlight a ‘local modernity’, a modernism fueled by international, oftentimes unwanted, ideologies and strong ties to traditional, historically repressed, Kazakhstani culture. In this vein, the exhibition closely follows the theories of Rustam Khalfin – considered to be one of the fathers of contemporary art in the region – and his artistic adaptation of the “glocal”. Works of Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Said Atabekov, Yelena and Victor Vorobyev, Alexander Ugay, Bakhyt Bubikanova and Nurbol Nurakhmet among others are shown in this exhibition. 

Exhibition is curated by Yuliya Sorokina and Eun Young Shin and takes place at the Suwon IPARK Museum of Art in South Korea. 


All the World's a Collage!

All the World's a Collage!

1 November - 2 December 2018

Aspan Gallery presents a new group show dedicated to the art of collage: All the World’s a Collage! 

Collage became one of the main artforms of the Cubists, Dadaists and Pop artists. It also plays an integral part in Central Asian contemporary art. Even though the traditional collage of Picasso and Braque has not lost its relevance, in the 21st century collage has diversified and expanded, with contemporary 'collage' assuming various forms. This exhibition features six artists from Central Asia, including Vyacheslav Akhunov, Bakhyt Bubikanova, Yelena and Viktor Vorobyevy, Alexander Ugay, Saule Dyussenbina and Gulnur Mukazhanova,  all of whom make active use of collage in different ways and with different goals.

The show All the World's a Collage! will be held at EXPO Villa, Villa Boutiques & Restaurants (Al-Farabi 140 A) from 1 November to 2 December 2018.

"At the Corner: City, Place, People"

14 September - 4 November 2018

The exhibition project Beginning, held at the former Tselinny cinema theatre is to be the first event acquainting visitors with the new Center of Contemporary Culture, whose opening is planned for 2020. The three parts of the project – architectural, artistic and cinematic – are closely related to the history of the building and the architectural context of the city.

One part of the project, entitled At the Corner: City, Place, People, is to be held in the space of the former nightclub which was built into the Tselinny building in the early 2000s, and is devoted to the contemporary art of Central Asia. The exhibition, created by Aspan Gallery founder Meruyert Kaliyeva, brings together contemporary artists of different generations and presents both works already known to the public and specially created site-specific projects that interact with the cinema space and explore the “urban fabric” of Almaty. Among the participants Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev, Rustam Khalfin, Alexander Ugay, Bakhyt Bubikanova and Nurbol Nurakhmet.