Solo Exhibition of Moldakul Narymbetov
Kasteev State Museum of Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan
27 Feb – 21 Mar
The aim of the project is to save the name and artworks of Moldakul Narymbetov in the cultural memory of society.
Moldakul Narymbetov (1948 – 2012) was a Member of the Arts Academy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, member of the Artists' Union of Kazakhstan, winner of international awards and Zhiger reward. He worked in various genres such as installation, painting, sculpture, performance.
He is one of the founders of Kazakhstani contemporary art. The artist participated in many cities, republican and international exhibitions, in many projects by the SOROS Center for Contemporary Art Foundation in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He represented the Republic of Kazakhstan in many events in such countries as Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, USA, Italy, Russia, overall in more than forty countries. Also, he cooperated with Marat Guelman (Museum of Modern Art PERMM, Perm, Russia). He opened School of Modern Art in Almaty, participated in the festivals of contemporary art ArtBatFest 2010 and ArtBatFest 2011, and started preparations for ArtBatFest 2012 festival. After his death several installations were made from his drafts and installed at the ArtBatFest 2012 festival in his honor.
«He broke new ground in promotion of new artistic ideas. It is hardly imaginable that the legendary Kyzyl Tractor art group could ever function without him. He was a man of great originality and outstanding ambition. Catching up with the new technologies in art Moldakul never lost interest in painting. The subject of his paintings varied widely – from the narrative scenes of steppe life and experimental still life to critical social scenes. There come a time when his painting was invaded with a strange art material of car tires. The tire pieces were applied onto flat decorative pictures either to create extravagant ornamentation, or to imitate a baguette frame. Later, the tires gained some inherit worth. Reflecting on his national roots, Kazakh history and culture Moldakul used incredible material – rugged worn rubber tires. They were cut out in an inexplicable way, heated with a blowtorch and mounted on a wooden or metal frame; the tires were converted into original and expressive sculptural constructions» - From the article written by Yekaterina Reznikova, Ph.D. in History of Arts, Kasteev State Museum of Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Curated by Arystanbek Shalbayev, Vitaliy Simakov, Smail Bayaliyev (Kyzyl Tractor art-group, Kazakhstan)