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Ancient Nomad: Yuristanbek Shygaev at Andakulova Gallery, Dubai

"Bride from Louvre," 2009, by Yuristanbek Shygaev (1957), Acrylic on canvas, 193x96cm, Andakulova Gallery
(Courtesy: Andakulova Gallery)

Now open is solo exhibition of traditional works by Yuristanbek Shygaev. The display is presented by the Andakulova Gallery, where the exhibition, titled “Archaic’s Echo,” will be displayed in Dubai until July 7, 2018.

The upcoming exhibition will not follow the traditional framed canvases display. Instead, visitors will be encouraged to explore the colorful and monumental scrolls that demonstrate not only the quick hand and poetic soul of the ancient nomad, but also the amazing craftsmanship of the artist-experimenter who created his own "encyclopedia" of semi-abstract signs. These signs are strikingly close to the original archaic ones. However, Shygaev does not repeat or pastiche them. He extracts the most important part — the ability of the ancients to express their connection to the world with meaningful concepts.

Indeed, a deep and serious interest in the old folk tales and epics of the Kyrgyz people has become the basis of Shygaev’s creativity, since this is where he reveals his wide understanding and deep philosophy of ancient nomad tribes. Shygaev started developing his own style by studying traditions of Turkic nomads and grasping the lifestyles and ways of ancient thinking. However, during his artistic experiments, he discovered an astonishing “modernity” in the techniques of the nomadic archaic; so he began a dialogue with his ancient culture, based on his own experience of modernism.

Yuristanbek Shygaev is an iconic figure of Kyrgyzstan’s contemporary art scene. Besides his own creative work as an artist, he has been a Director of the State Museum of Fine Arts named after G. Aitieva in Bishkek, Republic of Kyrgzystan, for many years. He has successfully represented the art scene of his Republic in many museums and art galleries worldwide. He has been awarded with many titles and prizes, such as Honored Worker of Culture of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan; Laureate (1st prize) of the “Asia-Art” Biennale (Tashkent, 1997); Gold Medal of the 9th Asian Biennale in Dhaka (Bangladesh); Laureate of the “Lifetime Recognition” International Award; Laureate of the State Prize named after Toktogul; and Honored Member of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts (Moscow).

The exhibition will be on view from March 6 through July 7, 2018 at Andakulova Gallery, Damac Power Towers, Unit 18/P4, DIFC, Dubai, UAE.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.