Contemporary art by Kazakhstan's Almagul Menlibayeva

Few people know that Kazakhstan is home to prominent artists that pioneer the contemporary art movement. One of them is Almagul Menlibayeva, a Kazakh artist whom splits her time between Kazakhstan and Germany.

Almagul was born in 1969 in Almaty, Kazakhstan . She is renowned for her unique ability to experiment with various forms of art, such as painting, performances, graphic art, installations, and videos. In the 1990s, her paintings rose to prominence in Kazakhstan, winning government prizes. The regional recognition inspired Almagul to expand her artistic horizons by moving from painting to performance art, filming and installations.

Her works place a special focus on women and their roles in pre-Soviet and even Shamanistic origins.

Inspired by animism, shamanism and her Soviet-Russian education in avant-gardism, most of Menlibayeva’s works take place against the backdrop of the beautiful Kazakh steppes, demonstrating the dramatic landscape stretching into the horizon.

Menlibayeva’s art gained wide international recognition and exhibitions at such prominent venues as MoMA, (New York), the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among many others. Her artwork was also acquired by the Louis Vuitton collection. Menlibayeva received the prestigious Kino Der Kunst award in 2013 for her Transoxiana Dreams (2011).

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