Black swirls on blue

or green-blue background

Solo exhibition of Moldakul Narymbetov

Erarta Museum of contemporary art

30 Mar - 06 Jun


     Union of ancient cultural codes and symbols of modern civilization
     Works of the leader of the Kazakh art group "Kyzyl tractor"
     Painting, installation, sculpture, video with performances and actions


The name of Moldakul Narymbetov (1948-2012) is included in the list of artists who created the contemporary art of Kazakhstan in the early nineties and noughties and became iconic figures for Central Asia later.

Among other artists Moldakul Narymbetov was notable for his strong personality and rebellious charisma, which allowed him, already accomplished artist, to master creative new for the post-soviet space artistic forms: performances, installations, actions.

Narymbetov was the leader of the art group "Transavant-garde", created in 1990 in the city of Shymkent, and then renamed the "Kyzyl tractor". The members of the art group "Kyzyl tractor" tried to adapt avant-garde techniques of Western art to traditional attitudes of Eastern culture. In the basis of their artistic concepts is the appeal to pre-Islamic past of Kazakhstan is an ancient ritual, shamanistic rites, and to Sufi rituals. Key images become a wandering dervish in search of truth and harmony, or cumlaude shaman, by his meditative practice he is called to heal or to unite real and unreal, past, present and future.

The exhibition "Black swirls on a blue or green-blue background" at Erarta Museum will present the program works of Moldakul Narymbetov, reflecting the period of myth-making "Kyzyl tractor", called "transavangard shamanism". The visitor of the exhibition will see the works of the master, created by him in the period from 1989 to 2009 — paintings, installation, sculpture, as well as archival video with performances and actions of the artist.


The project manager — Leonid Kochetov.
The exhibition curator — Rosa Abenova.
The focal points of the exhibition — Malika Urazgaliyeva, Anar Mukhanova, Amina Gabdrashitova.

With the support of Eurasian Cultural Alliance. 

Eurasian Cultural Alliance Public Association

Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty

Nurmakov str, 79

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