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NEWS AND EVENTS
September 16, 2014
Masterpieces We Have Not Seen Yet
Collection of works by the People’s Painter of Uzbekistan Aleksandr Volkov is true riches of the Savitsky State Museum of Arts of Karakalpakstan. Namely with these art pieces are associated the cares and efforts of the museum workers for the last several months. “Aleksandr Volkov, whose works to date kept in museums of Russia and other countries, and sold out in major auctions around the world at a good price, is more than a genius. And the collection of his works kept in the museum is priceless,” noted in her interview the museum director Marinika Bobonazarova. “In the 1960s the founder of our museum Igor Savitsky procured the canvases of the painter, and museum started to form a new section of fine arts.”

One section in the museum displays the Volkov’s creativity. His drawing technique is amazing. He created canvases in ‘mosaic’ and ‘crystalline’ styles, as well as the paintings as if they were ‘woven’ from separate colored stripes, made of national Uzbek fabrics. Special place in the creativity of the artist occupied monumental canvases.

“Twenty five canvases put on display within permanent exhibition is only a part of the Volkov collection. In tote we have a hundred works of the prominent artist, many of which have never been displayed,” emphasized Marinika Bobonazarova. “70 canvases put on display in the recently opened exhibition ‘Vortex of Silk Colors.’ Meticulous work has been done with funds.”

Visitors of the exhibition could get acquainted with the canvases of the artist that are exhibited for the first time. Those include graphic works – ‘Self Portrait’, ‘Little Boy with a Burro’, ‘Quail’, canvases – ‘Composition.

Resting on the Way’, ‘In Teahouse’, ‘Village in Mountain’, ‘Cotton Crop’, ‘Springtime Sowing’, ‘Railroad Construction’, ‘Combating Rough Roads’, ‘Meeting of Team Leaders’, ‘River Valley’, ‘Woman with Blue Shawl in front of Carpet’, ‘Uzbek Woman with Red Kerchief on Her Head’, ‘Man’s Portrait’, and others.

The exhibition represents not only the works of Volkov, but proficiency of restorers. A group of specialists together with colleagues from Moscow and the International Organization ‘Restorers without Borders’ restored 18 canvases of the artist. And, they are on display now. Among those canvases there are those presented by Aleksandr Volkov, a son of the painter, at the opening of the exhibition. The museum collection gets replenished with a landscape canvas depicting a boy with ball under a tree with a village on the background, and a canvas reflecting diligent work of production workers. These works got stored in the museum.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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