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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
27 November 2018 - 3 March 2019
The last exhibition, as part of the Focus Kazakhstan initiative, titled "Eurasian Utopia: Post Scriptum" is 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.
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.
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.www.tselinny.org
8 September - 4 November 2018
A group show of Central Asian contemporary artists, titled Phantom Stories: Leitmotifs of Post-Soviet Asia opens at the Lunds konsthall, Sweden.Phantom Stories: Leitmotifs of Post-Soviet Asia sketches a portrait of a region that keeps getting entangled in the "Great Game" between powerful others but is also often overlooked. Yet what the exhibition is really "about"- its leitmotif, in other words- is the elusive but decisive role of artistic agency for our understanding of the world in its obscurity and clarity. The show will feature Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev's Phantom Story and Alexander Ugay's Obscurations, curated by Yuliya Sorokina and Anders Kreuger.