Art Roundup – September 2012

Here you go, folks: things arty in September from around the world to do with the erstwhile Russian/Soviet empire or its diaspora.

First off, we have an exhibition of Kazakh artists of the 1960s at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Associated with the twentieth anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between Kazakhstan and the host country, this exhibition has works by Abylkhan Kasteyev, Nurbek Tansykbayev, Gulfairuz Ismailova, Aisha Galimbayeva, Sergey Kalmykov as well as talented contemporary artists such as Agym Duzelkhanov, Alpysbai Kazgulov, Erbolat Tulepbayev, Dulat Aliyev, and Marat Bekeyev. The venue is the G. Aitiyev National Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek, and the exhibition runs August 21 – September 4, 2012. Hurry!

In Moscow’s Central House of Artists, we have Art Moscow presenting an International Art Fair between 19-23 September, 2012. This is part of Moscow’s Week of Art which promotes modern and contemporary art.

In Saransk, the capital of the province of Mordovia, is an exhibition of art ‘Russia – My Motherland‘ to celebrate the thousandth anniversary of the unification of Mordovia with the Russian empire. ‘It is designed to fully comply with the notions of tolerance, mutual understanding and respect between the Finno-Ugric, Slavic, Turkic and other peoples of our multinational country.’ It runs from August 23 to September 30, 2012, and will contain more than 900 examples of the finest art from the various regions of Russia. At the Mordovian Republican Museum of Fine Art.

In Barnaul’s State Art Museum of the Altai Region is an exhibition titled ‘Marc Chagall – Biblical Subjects‘, organised from several private collections based in Germany. This is connected with the 125th anniversary of the artist’s birth, and the Year of Germany in Russia. Barnaul is in Siberia, so it takes quite some getting there, but surely no distance is too much to see some of Chagall’s rarest works – his illustrations for the Bible, which he began upon a Parisian publisher’s suggestion in the 1930s, and which were printed in Paris between 1956-60. The exhibition is from August 23 to September 17, 2012.

Meanwhile, in Prague, an exhibition of contemporary Uzbek art will run September 12 – 14, 2012, at the Uzbek embassy. You can see works by the likes of Yulduz Farrukhzoda and Gulzor Sultanova.

In Edinburgh’s Scotland-Russia Institute is an exhibition ‘Soviet Grand Designs‘ (August 4 – September 22, 2012) of works from the collection of John Barkes.

All the way across the Atlantic and half of the USA is The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis. They are celebrating their tenth anniversary this year and are holding ‘A Decade of Russian Art and Culture‘ from August 18 onwards, an exhibition of works by post-World War II artists, as well as examples from the permanent collection. In parallel, there is an exhibition of Nikolai Fechin and another of Soviet photography. Pearls beyond compare!

And in London (woo-hoo!) there will be an exhibition at Christie‘s of the early works of Alexander Volkov ‘Of Sand and Silk‘ between September 4 – 21, 2012. It is the first exhibition of his works outside Russia and Central Asia.

I’m sure there’s more, but this should do for now, what?


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