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2018.09.26 Wed - 2018.10.20 Sat
Opening Exhibition
Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, Kreuzberg, 10997 Berlin
Opening Hours
Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 – 19:00, and by appointment.

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Focus Kazakhstan: Bread & Roses, Four Generations of Kazakh Women Artists
[Press Release]

OPENING: 25 September at 19:00 – 22:00
SYMPOSIUM: 30 September at 15:00 – 18:00
EXHIBITION: 26 September – 20 October 2018


Kunstquartier Bethanien
Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin
Exhibition Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00 – 19:00
Closed Mondays

Curated by David Elliott, Almagul Menlibayaeva, and Dr. Rachel Rits-Volloch.
Organized by MOMENTUM

Part of the Focus Kazakhstan series of exhibitions in Berlin, London, NY, and Suwon Korea, organized by Roza Abenova, Head of Contemporary Art at the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

FEATURING: Anar Dauletbek Aubakir, Lidya Blinova, Bakhyt Bubicanova, Gania Chagateyeva, Natalya Dyu, Vera Ermolaeva, Zoya Falkova, Aisha Galimbayeva, Tatiana Glebova, Gulfairus Ismailova, Krёlex zentr (Maria Vilkovisky & Ruthie Jenrbekova), Gaisha Madanova, Aigerim Jumagaliyeva Mazhitkhan, Almagul Menlibayeva, Gulnur Mirzagalikova, Gulnur Mukazhanova, Katya Nikonorova, Saule Suleimenova, Gulmaral Tatibayeva, Lena Vorobyeva.

The Focus Kazakhstan Berlin exhibition “BREAD & ROSES” examines the work of four generations of Kazakh women artists, created from 1945 to the present. The exhibition with over 20 artists, and its related artist residency programme, offers a fresh perspective on both modern and contemporary Kazakh art and culture. The history of the Soviet Kazakh SSR with the rapid development of the Republic of Kazakhstan since its foundation in 1991, have created a melting-pot of ideas and influences between east and west that are expressed dynamically in its contemporary art.

Suggesting a broader model for considering the history of art made by women in other post-Soviet and post-colonial contexts, Focus Kazakhstan Berlin: BREAD & ROSES is curated by David Elliott, Vice-Director and Senior Curator, of the Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou; Dr. Rachel Rits-Volloch, Founding Director, MOMENTUM; and artist, Almagul Menlibayaeva.

Focus Kazakhstan Artist Residency Exhibition
FEATURING: Anar Dauletbek Aubakir, Liliya Kim, Aigerim Ospanova, Beibit Serikkululi Assemkul, Ykylas Shaikhiyev, Saule Suleimenova, Gulmaral Tatibayeva
Showing works by 7 artists created during their 2-month Artist Residencies at MOMENTUM, this exhibition is a reflection upon Berlin through Kazakh eyes. These works, produced during the artists’ first trips to Berlin, and for some their first trips abroad, encompass a cultural dialogue between their traditions and the condition of the contemporary nomad. Dealing with topics ranging from wartime histories to personal histories, today’s refugees and migrants to the nomadic migrations of the artists’ grandparents, the Focus Kazakhstan: Artist Residency Show exemplifies the talents of young artists never before seen in Berlin. Focus Kazakhstan: Berlin is a 6-month cooperation between MOMENTUM and the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan resulting in two parallel exhibitions taking place at the Kunstquartier Bethanien on 25 September – 20 October 2018.

Focus Kazakhstan Berlin: BREAD & ROSES and the Artist Residency Show, from 25 September to 20 October 2018, organised by Momentum Worldwide at the Kunstquartier Bethanien Art Center, are part of the Focus Kazakhstan initiative implemented by the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan in association with the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan within the framework of the programme Ruhani Zhangyru. Focus Kazakhstan, a cultural initiative to bring contemporary art from Kazakhstan to an international audience, is comprised of four different exhibitions, each with varying artists and curators, taking place between June 2018 to March 2019 in Berlin, London, Jersey City (USA), and Suwon (Korea).

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