Solo exhibition of Moldakul Narymbetov
National museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan
27 Oct 2017 - 25 Jan 2018
The National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan jointly with the NPO Eurasian Cultural Alliance opens a solo exhibition of the artist Moldakul Narymbetov "Aruaqtyn tüsi" on October 27th. The exhibition is held within the framework of the museum project "History of Contemporary Art of Kazakhstan in personalities". The exhibition will feature the most vivid and significant artworks of the master, including paintings, installations, video performances with the artist's participation, as well as a documentary film about M. Narymbetov’s work.
The curator of the exhibition is Vladislav Sludskiy, co-founder and artistic director of the annual international festival of contemporary art ARTBAT FEST (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Roza Abenova, head of the Center for contemporary art of the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and art group "Kyzyl Tractor".
Moldakul Narymbetov (1946-2012) was the key figure of the art-group "Kyzyl Tractor" (1990), which made a great contribution to the development and popularization of contemporary art not only in Kazakhstan but also in the Central Asian region. Moldakul Narymbetov was noted for his bright individuality, rebellious charisma, which enabled him, already a painter, to boldly master creative artistic forms. His shamanistic myth-making is archaic in form and modern in content, which allows us today to speak of him as an original artist who was able to find and express his identity clearly.
Sculptures of old rubber auto-tires of Moldakul Narymbetov are known far beyond Kazakhstan and known as the iconic works of his career. Per example, the mixed media sculpture “The Scarab" is a figure of a beetle rolling a huge ball of dirt backwards. The work refers the viewer to the ancient myth about the scarab beetle - the symbol of the Sun, personifying the idea of eternal return, labor and creativity. For Moldakul - this is the symbol of modern civilization, which today does not only create new ones, but recycles centuries-long cultural values. Among other meaning hidden in this project, the artist reflects on the environmental problems of the day.
The art group "Kyzyl Tractor", which includes artists Smail Bayaliyev, Said Atabekov, Vitaliy Simakov, Arystanbek Shalbayev, continues to successfully develop its characteristic line of research on the mutual influence of traditional cultural values and values of civilization. The art group's practices are characterized as distinctive, original, authentic and what is more important influential not only in the local context but in a wider global processes that the art history goes through in the modern society.