Art Life Chronicle
18 September - 10 November
The Tashkent House of Photography held an exhibition titled "Subculture Project". Almost 150 works prepared by P. Kim, A. Shishov, A. Shadieva, E. Zarushko, M. Gamburgskaya, A. Karpenko and F. Askarkhojaev express characteristic features of contemporary youth subculture. The most common device employed by the exhibition participants is to play around a discord that surely exists between characters in the photographs and what they believe to be grey day-to-day life.
25 September - 8 October
A reporting exhibition of the applied art section "Transformation-2009" presenting over 50 works by the masters of contemporary applied arts of recent years (ceramics, embroidery, tapestry, batik, porcelain) was held at the Central Exhibition Hall. Intertwined avant-guard styles and trends in the cultures of East and West offer an inexhaustible source of inspiration for creating extraordinary items.
25 September - 15 October
The Tashkent House of Photography at the "Art-Caravan" exhibition dedicated to the 2200th anniversary of Tashkent City demonstrated the works of artists from Russia and Uzbekistan. 55 items of painting and graphic arts were created during their joint trip to the mountainous regions of Kashkadarya Province. Creative cooperation of the masters of brush from the two countries was made possible by an agreement between the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan and Yaroslav regional branch of the Artist's Union of Russia, facilitated and supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Russia and the Embassy of Russian Federation to Uzbekistan, as well as the Tashkent City Hall and the leadership of Yaroslav Region.
29 September - 13 October
An exhibition titled "China in the Eyes of Photo Artists from Uzbekistan" dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China was held at the Tashkent House of Photography jointly with the Council of the Society for Friendship and Cultural Connections with Foreign Countries and the Embassy of the PRC. Photographers from Uzbekistan presented China in all its beauty and diversity. The exhibition is an evidence of ever strengthening links between Chinese and Uzbek people in many areas.
A personal exhibition of Ruzikhon Jalilova, a young woman artist from Fergana, titled "The Flowers of My Land" was organized by the Art Exhibition Directorate of the Academy of Arts and displayed about 30 paintings showing landscapes, still-lives and architectural sites of Uzbekistan. Turning to the artistic experience of the past grants a particular national colour and expressive ethnic originality to her works.
The Tashkent House of Photography organized an exhibition dedicated to Khudaibergen Divanov, the founder of the Uzbek national art of photography and film-making. Divanov is a true promoter of photography and cinematography. His works are filled with true love for the people and history of Khiva.
The V International Contemporary Art Biennale dedicated to the problem of urbanism in its anthropological and cultural/philosophic aspect took place in Tashkent under the slogan "Urban Philosophy: Anthropological Landscape". The organizers of the Biennale were the "Forum for Uzbekistan's Culture and Art" Foundation, the Academy of Arts, UNESCO Office in Uzbekistan and the Tashkent City Hall. More than 90 leading artists and art critics from many countries and over a hundred artists from Uzbekistan took part in the Biennale.
27 October - 7 November
"The Nomad" - a personal exhibition of Yuristanbek Shygaev, the People's Artist of the Kyrgyz Republic, held at the Fine Arts Gallery of Uzbekistan, was dedicated to Chingiz Aitmatov. The exhibition was organized by the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Republic of Uzbekistan together with the Academy of Arts and the Fine Arts Gallery. It displayed 57 works of the renowned artist, including painting, scrolls and drawings.
The Ikuo Hirayama International Caravanserai of Culture hosted a memorial evening dedicated to the prominent artists of Uzbekistan A. M. Kurzin and A. V. Nikolaev (Usto Mumin). It was organized by the "Shakhidlar Khotirasi" charity foundation, the Museum "In the Memory of Oppression Victims", the Academy of Arts, and the Ikuo Hirayama International Caravanserai of Culture.
29 October - 22 November
Stefan Koppelkamm's exhibition "Local Time" dedicated to the 20th anniversary since the fall of the Berlin Wall was organized by the Tashkent House of Photography together with Goethe Institute (Tashkent). The exhibition shows changes that occurred in the cities of East Germany and in the East Berlin after 1989.
The first personal exhibition of Svetlana Tsoy, "The Insight", held at the Central Exhibition Hall displayed the works she created over the past few years, including portraits, landscapes, still-lives and decorative collages. All works of the woman artist are characterized by romantic mood and lyricism where her love for nature is combined with powerful inner energy and aspiration for the light.
6 November - 18 December
An exhibition of a well-known German artist Gunter Jukker, "Gunter Jukker. The Suffering Man - 14 Ways of Consolation", was held at the Fine Arts Gallery on the initiative of Goethe Institute (Tashkent). The idea of the exhibition is to have a integrated piece of art and draw in its framework one's own vision of life and suffering, and, using subtle symbolism, to show basic powers driving the reality - aggression, wounds and destruction, which one meets with the gestures of reconciliation, radiating peace and consolation.
17 November - 17 December
The Palace of the Young People's Art was a venue of an art exhibition titled "The Cradle of Arts" marking the 80th anniversary of the Republican Vocational Boarding School of Arts, the main objective of which is to educate highly professional gifted young people.
19 November - 2 December
Exhibition titled "The New Women. Uzbekistan. XX Century" displaying photographs from the collection of Marfua Tokhtakhojaeva was organized in the Fine Arts Gallery by the UNDP Office in Uzbekistan. The exhibition was dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the liquidation of all forms of discrimination against women. The exhibition presented 100 photographs from the family albums of the leading ladies of Uzbekistan, namely Dinara Kary-Niyazova, Alo Khojaeva, Zulfia Muminova, Manzura Agzamova, and Dilbar Rashidova.
The Tashkent House of Photography hosted a photo exhibition "Celebrating Children's Rights" organized by the UNICEF Office in Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Public Education as part of marking the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on children's rights. The exhibition is the result of a joint project run by the two institutions with an aim to train children in the art of photography. More than 30 works were displayed, selected among 600 photographs made by children from Mercy Homes and schools of Tashkent and Bukhara.
25 November - 4 December
The Tashkent House of Photography was a venue of a poster exhibition titled "From the Fall of the Berlin Wall to Unity" presented by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Uzbekistan and scheduled to mark the events of 1989. The exhibition displayed about 30 posters dedicated to the last months of the existence of German Democratic Republic, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of the two parts of Germany. The exhibition was prepared by a foundation that studies the dictatorship of the United Socialist Party of Germany in cooperation with the Herty charity foundation and support from the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Germany.
By Natalya Shagalina