New Art Museum Opens in Tashkent

by Laurence on 9/1/2004

An interview with the director of the new Tashkent art museum, Akmal Nur, has been posted onFerghana.Ru . There are over 1,000 works of art, from ancient coins to paintings by A. Volkov, N. Karakhan, Ch. Akhmarov, A. Abdullayev, R. Akhmedov, Dzh. Umarbekov, B. Dzhalapov, A. Mirzayev, and S. Alibekov.

I’m sure the museum is interesting. While we lived in Tashkent, we found contemporary arts to be very impressive in Uzbekistan, thanks to academic training that all too often has vanished in America, and a small, very dedicated intelligensia. We were lucky enough to visit Alibekov’s studio and meet the artist. He paints in one converted room of his small apartment in a worker’s block of flats, and also has a very imprssive collection of Central Asian headgear. A native of the Ferghana valley, Alibekov’s wife and son help him to create his sculpture, paintings, and drawings — and he produces and directs amazingly creative prize-winning animated films, using manual equipment of early Disney vintage, as well as claymation techniques. His latest, entitled “Echogram” is now playing at international festivals. More information on Alibekov can be found here.

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