Exhibition on the "Spirit of the Great Steppe" in Bursa
The painting exhibition "The Spirit of the Great Steppe" organized in cooperation of the International Organization of Turkic Culture TURKSOY with the Metropolitan Municipality of Bursa and the Abilkhan Kasteyev State Museum of Art of Kazakhstan was inaugurated in the Merinos Congress and Cultural Center of Bursa on November 26th, 2018.
The opening ceremony of the exhibition held in the gallery of the Migration Museum gathered TURKSOY Secretary General, Ambassador Dusen Kasseinov, the Museums Coordinator of the Metropolitan Municipality of Bursa Yaşar Elmas, the Director of the Department of Culture and Arts of the Metropolitan Municipality of Bursa Aziz Elbas, the Representative of Kazakhstan to TURKSOY Askar Turganbayev, the Press Officer of the Kasteyev State Museum of Art Clara Isabayeva and the Assistant Director of the afore-mentioned museum Nurjan Satıbaldı along with the Director of the Museums' Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Bursa Muhterem Çevik and many amateurs of art.
Bursa: The Cradle of Civilizations
In the opening speech he delivered at the event, TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov said that TURKSOY carries out activities aiming at the worldwide promotion of the culture and art of Turkic peoples and added that this exhibition will contribute to the further rapprochement between Turkey and Kazakhstan. Ambassador Kasseinov who further said that Turkic peoples have left undelible traces in world histry for centuries added:“ We are holding yet another event to promote Turkic culture and art in Bursa, the cradle of civilizations. Turkic peoples have left undelible traces in world history for centuries with their rich culture and civilization. It is our highest duty to introduce this rich cultural heritage to you through the universal language of art. Painting is undoubdtedly one of the most beautiful arts which allow us to transmit the cultural heritage of our common civilization to future generations. This exhibition features paintings by the most important artists of Kazakhstan from 1960 onwards until today and it will be yet another precious opportunity for us to discover our rich cultural heritage. I hope that this exhibition will bring about fruitful results for Turkey and Kazakhstan and contribute to the further rapprochement of our respective countries and peoples.”
The Coordinator of Museums of the Metropolitan Municipality who also delivered a speech expressed his happiness as to the fact that these unique works of art will be exhibited in Bursa. Mr. Elmas who also added that the gallery of the Museum has been allocated to the Directorate of the A. Kasteyev State Museum of Art further said: It is a great pleasure for us to be hosting this exhibition of ethnographic works illustrating Kazak culture and the culture of migrant peoples of the Great Steppe. Indeed, it is a strong contribution to the promotion of the history and cultural heritage of Kazakhstan in Turkey. In cooperation with TURKSOY, the Metropolitan Municipality of Bursa has allocated the museum and gallery of the Merinos Congress and Cultural Center to the A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts for the organization of this exhibition for a period of two weeks."
The Press Officer of the Abilkhan Kasteyev State Museum of Art Clara Isabayeva who also said a few words on the occasion of the inauguration of the exhibition stressed the importance of the fact that this exhibition featuring artefacts and items illustrating the nomadic lifestyle of the Kazak people as well as ancient and contemporary Turkic traditions take place in Turkey and extended her gratitude to the Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality of Bursa Alinur Aktaş for his support.
The exhibition featuring 32 paintings by the most renowned artists of Kazakhstan depicting Kazak culture and the nomadıc culture of the Great Steppe will be open to visitors in the museum and gallery of the Merinos Congress and Cultural Center until December 10th, 2018.