29 September, 2015
To coincide with the artists’ mid-career retrospective at the A. Kasteev Museum of Arts in Almaty Aspan Gallery has published the artists' first monograph edited by Viktor Misiano. On29 August Aspan Gallery has presented the book and hosted a panel discussion on Vorobyevs' art with the authors of catalogue essays – an art-critic Andrei Fomenko (St Petersburg), culturologist Alexey Ulko (Samarkand), and curator at M HKA Anders Kreuger (Antwerp). The publication will also be published in English.
27 August – 27 September, 2015
Aspan Gallery has presented Yelena and Viktor Vorobyevs’ ‘The Artist is Asleep’ exhibition, second show from its series of monographic exhibitions of leading contemporary artists from Central Asia. Apart from The Artist is Asleep installation the show features 25 large-scale installations, including highly critically acclaimed Bazaar (1990s-2006), Photo for Memory… (2002) and Kazakhstan. The Blue Period (2002-2005), as well as new projects presented to public for the first time, such as the Ornamentaliser (2010) and Smiley(2015). The exhibition was curated bi Viktor Misiano and generously sponsored by Kazakhstan investment company ‘BATT Holding’.
16 November 2014 – 22 February 2015
Almagul Menlibayeva's work will be shown alongside Ilya Kabakov, Vadim Zakharov, Dan Perjovschi and Irwin Group at Eastwards: Freedom, Borders, Projections curated by Dr. Brigitte Franzen and Josephine Mangedoht.
Yelena Vorobyeva and Viktor Vorobyev will be presenting their installation Neo-Totalitarianism as part of a group show The Beast and the Sovereign at Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, exploring how contemporary artistic practices question and deconstruct the Western and metaphysical definition of political sovereignty. The exhibition is curated by Hans D. Christ, Iris Dressler, Paul B. Preciado and Valentín Roma and is co-organised by the Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, where it would travel from 16 October 2015 to 15 January 2016.
12 February - 29 March, 2015
Yerbossyn Meldibekov's first solo museum show "Eternal Return" has been called the most important cultural event in Almaty for many years. The exhibition was co-organised by Aspan Gallery and ForteBank and curated by Viktor Misiano, the curator of the first Central Asia Pavilion at Venice Biennale in 2005. The show is installed in the museum's permanent collection and includes Meldibekov's early projects and new works created specifically for the exhibition.
6 February - 19 April, 2015
Meldibekov's video project Pastan will be exhibited at the Grammar of Freedom/5 Lessons. Works from ARTEAST 2000+ Collection show at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, which will feature more than 60 artists and art collectives, with works ranging from the 1960s to the present. The collection was assembled by the Moderna Galerija in Ljubljana, Slovenia and is the first museum initiative to focus on the work of postwar avant-garde Eastern European artists in a broader international context. Among other exhibited artists Marina Abramović, Ion Grigorescu, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, Dan Perjovschi and Mladen Stilinović.
6 December 2014 - 8 March 2015
The works by artists from Kazakhstan Almagul Menlibayeva, Said Atabekov, Yelena Vorobyeva and Viktor Vorobyev and Yerbossyn Meldibekov will be shown in a group show La vie est une légende e.cité - Almaty/Kazakhstan at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg, organised in collaboration with Association Apollonia. Curated by Dimitri Konstantinidis, Daria Evdokimova and Estelle Pietrzyk.
30 September 2014
Meldibekov's personal exhibition in Hagen will accompany 3rd Cultural Conference of Ruhr Culture and Climate Change. Curated by Dastan Kozhakhmetov.
The organisers wanted to emphasize the role of performance in recent art, with live actions, video, kinetic art, figurative painting and sculpture exploring the use of the human form to express cultural, social and political ideas, and the central role of artists in articulating experiences specific to their localities. APT8 includes more than 80 artists and groups, an ongoing program of artist performances and projects; a conference as part of the opening program; extensive cinema programs; publications; and activities for kids and families. Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev have presented their Necessary Additions. Home Archive series in the triennial's main project, and have also realised a new interactive installation for the APT 8 Kids section. The triennial is taking place at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane until 10 April 2016.
09.05.15 - 22.11.15
Almagul Menlibayeva will be presenting her new site-specific ten-channel video installation Fire Talks to Me commissioned by Baku-based non-profit contemporary art organisation Yarat for The Union of Fire and Water, a parallel project for 56th Venice Biennale. The exhibition will take place at the Palazzo Barbaro, a former residence of Giosafat Barbaro, a Venetian ambassador who travelled to and wrote extensively on Central Asian cities and the court of Shah Uzun Hassan in the 15th century. Curated by Suad Garayeva.