The inhabitants of Astana are offered to throw themselves into outer space. Photo reportage from the exhibition

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 of famous Kazakh artists from the Fund of the State Museum named after Abylkhan Kasteev are presented here, united by the theme of space, utopias and dreams. More details in the photo report of the correspondent of

The theme of space runs through the works of several generations of Kazakh artists, painters, graphic artists, sculptors. Art connoisseurs will have a unique opportunity to plunge into outer space by the artist Sergei Kalmykov, get acquainted with the works of artists of 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 like. We want to acquaint art connoisseurs with the works of Kazakh artists who were interested in the theme of space and Earth, from Soviet times to independent Kazakhstan. Each of them put their own semantic load in the image. Therefore, “Visitors will be able to familiarize themselves with the paintings and analyze which buildings and events have become reality. We see that some artists painted huge balls. In connection with this, this exhibition is held within NUR ALEM, says Vladislav Sludsky, co-curator of the exhibition.

One of the first to take up the space theme was a follower 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 land and space civilizations.

“Sergey Kalmykov’s works resemble the plots of modern cartoons. At that 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. It was all connected to the theme of space and Earth, as well as his imagination. That is, at the beginning of the 20th century, the idea of ​​cosmism largely determined the artistic system discovered by Kalmykov, where the “star bowl” becomes the main semantic unit. funny pictures,” said Sludsky .

Aleksey Stepanov became another master in whose work the space theme received a systematic development. He was the only Soviet artist who had official access to the Baikonur Cosmodrome. He created a significant number of works made in the technique of tempera painting, the space of which is filled with the vast expanses of the universe and spacecraft.

Reference: Baikonur Cosmodrome is the first and also the largest working 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 the property of the union to the jurisdiction of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Now the Baikonur complex is leased by Russia.

Even the planetary scale in Abdrashit Sydykhanov’s work is manifested by the complex relationships between spherical bodies and mystical glow. The artist depicted the inhabitants of other galaxies as sun-haired characters from ancient petroglyphs.

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 background of the endless Kazakh steppes. The artist said he traveled all over Kazakhstan to paint a triptych, which includes three compositions “Above the White Desert. Earth and Time. Kazakhstan”, “Youth. Earth and Time. Kazakhstan”, “Harvest. Earth 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. Under this time, the Soviet Union thundered 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 saw also how rockets were launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. I wanted to capture all this,” explained Kamil Mullashev.

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 Here see we a combination of space and traditional life,” Sludsky said.

A significant part of the exhibition introduces the works of prominent Kazakh graphic artists: Aman Bakhtygaliev, Nikolai Gaev, Temirkhan Ordabekov, Evgeny Sidorkin. Each author presents his own individual vision of space exploration, mainly through images of people launching rockets, scientists, brave cosmonauts conquering the sky and watching the flight of their contemporaries.

Today, this idea has not lost its relevance and importance 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 provides its own vision and understanding of the cosmos and the earth.

In an attempt to understand the structure of the universe and the fundamental laws of nature, sculptor, architect, artist and scientist Saken Narynov creates unusual art objects. At the heart of his search is the study of the latest scientific developments in the fields of astrophysics, mathematics, topology and quantum physics. Each work forms a symbolic model of the universe, where intelligence and plastic expressiveness work together.

“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. The works of Kazakh artists are very fond of foreign art lovers,” the speaker summed up.

Since time immemorial, man has dreamed of overcoming Earth’s gravity and making a space 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 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 representative of Roskosmos said that invitation letters to billionaires have already been sent.

Photos: Aneli Mazhitova

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