The Museum of Fine Arts is currently exhibiting works by Turkmen artists as part of the year designated as 'Turkmenistan: A Land of Neutrality'. Notably, the exhibition is taking place in the atrium, where most of pieces on permanent display are consonant with the theme of 2020.
The exhibition features the following paintings: 'Musicians' by Izzat Klychev, 'A New Song' by Evgenia Adamova, 'Lyale Bagshi' by Rakhman Umarov, 'An Orchestra Conductor' by Khaly Annacharyev, and a sculpture entitled 'A Harvest Festival' by Muhammed Yuzbashev, among others. They are seen as a painterly rhapsody celebrating the Turkmen people's traditions of hospitality, their peace loving spirit, openness and considerate attitude towards their historical cultural and spiritual heritage. Among the works are Annadurdy Almamedov's 'In Magtymguly's Native Land' depicting young women with a book of poems by Magtymguly, and Rakhman Umarov's 'Nyazli' that portrays a beautiful young woman looking at a fully opened tulip.
Annasoltan Khojaeva's painting 'Aymurat Jan' calls up symbolic associations. It shows a charming little boy dressed in fine national clothes and with a snow white sheepskin hat on his head. The boy's winning smile and twinkling eyes symbolize the spirit of the times.
The exhibition also presents an impressive array of pottery work. On show are several original pieces with an underlying philosophical message by People's Artist of Turkmenistan Solmaz Mukhamedova; a pottery vessel artfully created and painted in a patchwork design by Gulyara Babaeva; a composition consisting of four Oriental style painted minarets, a decorative dish and a goods laden camel are associated with travels along the Silk Road.
A felt rug craftily made by Ayna Saparova is similar in spirit to the ceramic composition. It depicts a nomadic family moving to a new location with a cat walking in a dignified manner next to a camel. The cat's confident moves indicate that it is used to accompanying the family traveling from place to place. The rug, which boasts warm hues and abounds with meaningful symbols, highlights an inextricable link between humans and nature, reflecting the continuation of traditions in folk crafts.
Source: Turkmenistan: the Golden Age Online Newspaper