An art exhibition “Earth-Space” has started in Nur-Sultan. It will be held from August 24 to September 26, 2021 at the NUR ALEM Future Energy Museum. More than 25 works by famous Kazakh artists from the State Museum’s Fund named after Abylkhan Kasteev are presented here, united by the theme of space, utopias and dreams. More details in the photo report by the correspondent for BaigeNews.kz.
The theme of space runs through works by several generations of Kazakh artists, painters, graphic artists and sculptors. Art connoisseurs will have a unique opportunity to plunge into outer space by artist Sergei Kalmykov, to get acquainted with works by artists from the seventies – Kamil Mullashev and Alexei Stepanov, executed after Yuri Gagarin’s escape into orbit. Even the era of independent Kazakhstan – a global world where private flights with Space X rockets have already become possible.
“The purpose of this exhibition is to show what Kazakh cosmism is. We want to acquaint art connoisseurs with works by Kazakh artists who were interested in the theme of space and the earth, from the Soviet era to independent Kazakhstan. Each of them put their own semantic load in Therefore, “Visitors will be able to familiarize themselves with the paintings and analyze which buildings and events have become a reality. We see that some artists painted huge balls. In connection with this, this exhibition will be held in the NUR ALEM area, “said Vladislav Sludsky, co-curator of the exhibition.
One of the first to address the space theme was a supporter of the Russian avant-garde Sergei Kalmykov. According to Vladislav Sludsky, Kalmykov had the ability to “see special worlds”, to enter into dialogue with representatives of other space and space civilizations.
“Sergey Kalmykov’s work is reminiscent of the actions of modern comics. At the time, it looked like you were not really versed in art. Because many artists drew Lenin’s grandfather. But Kalmykov preferred to draw strange cats and pictures of horror stories. That was all. linked to the theme of space and the earth, as well as his imagination, that is, in the early 20th century, the idea of cosmism largely determined the artistic system discovered by Kalmykov, where the “star bowl” becomes the most important semantic unit. “said Sludsky.
Aleksey Stepanov became another master in whose work the space theme received a systematic development. He was the only Soviet artist to have official access to the Baikonur Cosmodrome. He created a significant number of works made in the technique of tempera painting, whose space is filled with the vast expanses of the universe and spacecraft.
Reference: Baikonur Cosmodrome is the first and also the largest functioning cosmodrome in the world. It is located in the Kyzylorda region of Kazakhstan: between the city of Kazalinsk and the village of Zhosaly. Its area covers 6,717 square kilometers. Baikonur was founded on January 12, 1955. Two years later, the spaceport was put into operation and used until the collapse of the Soviet Union on December 26, 1991. After that, the cosmodrome was transferred from union property to the jurisdiction of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Baikonur complex is now leased by Russia.
The planetary scale of Abdrashit Sydykhanov’s work is also manifested by the complex relationships between spherical bodies and mysterious embers. The artist depicted the inhabitants of other galaxies as sun-haired characters of ancient rock carvings.
A special place in the theme of space exploration is occupied by the artist Kamil Mullashev. The objects in his paintings are depicted against the backdrop of the endless Kazakh steppes. The artist said that he traveled all over Kazakhstan to paint a triptych, which contains three compositions “Above the White Desert. Soil and Time. Kazakhstan”, “Youth. Soil and Time. Kazakhstan”, “Grain Harvest. Soil and Time. Kazakhstan” . The exhibition presents the first composition.
“The theme of space for artists and creative people is special. Space is an inspiration for us. Everyone sees the sky, the stars and the moon differently. Therefore, the works are very different from each other. After all, everyone has their own drawing technique. I painted my triptych in 1978. During this time I thundered the Soviet Union with its achievements, which I tried to reflect. I traveled all over Kazakhstan. I was inspired by the culture of our people. I was very impressed by the endless steppes of Korgalzhyn. I lived here for three months and saw the starry sky every night. We also saw “how rockets were fired from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. I wanted to capture all this,” Kamil Mullashev explained.
In his works, the artist Alexander Rorokin tries to reveal the spiritual essence of nature and learn its secrets. He creates complex paint-plastic structures and develops the basis for Sterligov’s cup-and-dome system.
“This is a unique painting by Rorokin, where he used the Sterligov technique. It takes 15-20 minutes to understand what is depicted in the painting. This is a bowl-dome system, with which the artist depicted a yurt, a comet and nature. Here we see a combination of space and traditional life, “said Sludsky.
A significant part of the exhibition introduces works by prominent Kazakh graphic artists: Aman Bakhtygaliev, Nikolai Gaev, Temirkhan Ordabekov, Evgeny Sidorkin. Each author presents his or her own individual vision of space exploration, primarily through images of people launching rockets, scientists, brave cosmonauts conquering the sky, and watching their contemporaries flee.
Today, this idea has not lost its relevance and significance and continues to be a source of inspiration for modern masters. The exhibition includes works by Bulat Mekebaev, Shamil Guliyev, Yesimgali Zhumanov. Each of them gives their own vision and understanding of the cosmos and the earth.
In an attempt to understand the structure of the universe and the basic laws of nature, the sculptor, architect, artist and scientist Saken Narynov creates unusual works of art. At the heart of his search is the study of the latest scientific developments in the field of astrophysics, mathematics, topology and quantum physics. Each work forms a symbolic model of the universe, where intelligence and plastic expressiveness interact.
“Through Kazakh art we tell the history of the whole world, because the future is the territory of the common, while the past often exists only through personal experience. Which almost immediately turns the future into the past. We plan to present this exhibition in other countries. Kazakh artists’ works are very fond of foreign art lovers “, summed up the speaker.
Since time immemorial, man has dreamed of overcoming the earth’s gravity and making a cosmic journey. Some still managed to fulfill their dream. For example, on July 11, 2021, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson traveled to the edge of space on his company’s ship. Later, 57-year-old Amazon founder Jeff Bezos made a similar flight. On July 20, 2021, he, along with his brother Mark, 18-year-old Dutchman Oliver Demen and 82-year-old pilot Wally Funk, left the earth and returned to it after about 10 minutes.
Now more and more companies are interested in space tourism. One of them is the company Space X, which produces space technology. Its founder is the American entrepreneur Elon Musk. Baikonur Cosmodrome is also interested in this industry. Billionaires Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos were invited to the launch in October. A spokesman for Roskosmos said that letters of invitation to billionaires had already been sent.
Photos: Aneli Mazhitova