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New York holds an exhibition of Kazakhstan's art group as part of Rukhani zhangyru programme

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18 October, 2018, 11:03 328
New York holds an exhibition of Kazakhstan's art group as part of Rukhani zhangyru programme

About three hundred works of the Kazakh art group Kyzyl Tractor are exhibited: paintings, drawings, monumental sculptures, spatial objects, installations, archival photos and video performances. On the opening day, October 14, Kyzyl Tractor showed one of its famous performances — “Cleanup.”

 

From October 14 to November 30, a retrospective exhibition “Collection of Thoughts: Creating Stories” of the art group Kyzyl Tractor, which is part of the Focus Kazakhstan project and the special program of Asia Contemporary Art Week is taking place, BNews.kz reports referrign to an official website of the Kazakh Prime Minister.    

It should be noted that the participants of Kyzyl Tractor, who have been actively working on the art scene of Kazakhstan since the beginning of the 90s, are the founders of the trans avant-garde movement. The group was founded by a teacher and follower of the school of spatial-structural composition Vitaly Simakov. During its existence, the group has changed several names: “CaA group”, “Shymkent - Transavangard”, “Structural school of C.” In 1995, at the suggestion of Moldakul Narymbetov, they took the name "Kyzyl Tractor," which, according to the author, was supposed to go round the whole world. 

Photo credit: art group 'Kyzyl Traktor'

Members of the group, despite the independent creative path of each of them, often combine their works, as in this exhibition “Collection of Thoughts: Creating Stories.” The exhibition examines the individual creativity of each artist in different periods, creating cross connections and a new context for their works. 

Kyzyl Tractor is known for its rethinking and the use of nomadic, Sufi, and shamanistic philosophies, which in the practices of the group are closely intertwined with the social and political changes taking place in the region. The constant movement in which the nomads are located, the popular narrative of the 90s, as well as the sacralization of natural materials - wood, wool, felt, textiles are often present in group performances along with the use of hand-made folk instruments: shan-kobyz, dombra and drums.

Photo credit: art group 'Kyzyl Traktor'

The central place in the exhibition is occupied by the painting of M. Narymbetov - an artist, a poet, a philosopher and a key figure of the Kyzyl Tractor group. The works of M. Narymbetov for the exhibition were provided by the Eurasian Cultural Alliance, and hundreds of other exhibits were collected from the workshops of artists themselves, museum and private collections in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. 

Photo credit: art group 'Kyzyl Traktor'

The name of the exhibition “Collection of Thoughts: Creating Stories” refers to the thesis of the exhibition curator Lisa Ahmadi, who calls the artist the first collector outside the art market, which is also the main concept of the Asian Contemporary Art Week 2018. 

Photo credit: art group 'Kyzyl Traktor'

Asian Contemporary Art Week is a dynamic educational and curator platform that brings together leading New York and Asian art institutions, museums and galleries to present large-scale experimental exhibitions, innovative projects and various dialogues.

The Focus Kazakhstan project was organized by the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports in the framework of the implementation of the program Ruhani Zhangyru. The project manager is L. Kochetov, the project curator is R. Abenova. Assistant to the curator of the exhibition — Vlad Sludsky. Members of the group: Moldakul Narymbetov (1948–2012), Vitaly Simakov, Abilsaid Atabekov, Smail Bayaliev, Arystanbek Shalbaev.