An exhibition titled “Uzbekistan-Egypt in the Eyes of Artists”, a part of Egyptian Culture Week, is to open its doors on March 26 at 6 p.m. at Tashkent`s Youth Creativity Palace. The exhibition has been organized by the Embassy of Egypt in Uzbekistan, Egyptian Culture Centre, Fund Forum, Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan, Behzod Institute of Arts and Design and Youth Creativity Palace. The works on display at the exhibition represent various types of fine and applied art, created by contemporary Uzbek and Egyptian artists, inspired by ancient history, world-famous architectural monuments, scenery, myths and legends, customs and rites of the Uzbek and Egyptian nations.
Uzbekistan and Egypt are ancient cradles of civilization which, at the modern stage, have a rich historical and cultural legacy and unique modern arts. On display are works by contemporary Uzbek and Egyptian artists inspired by ancient history, renowned architectural monuments, scenery, myths, legends, customs and rites of the Uzbek and Egyptian nations.
Uzbek artists who have presented their works include O. Muinov, A. Isayev, M. Fozil, A. Alikulov, Akmal Nur, R. Hudayberganov, O. Qozoqov, A. Ergashev, B. Obidov, K. Babayev, B. Hojimetov, J. Annazarov, D. Narzullayev, including students of Behzod Institute of Arts and Design. Among Egyptian artists are Muhsin Muhammad Attiya, Fatima Abu An-Nuvarij, Mervat Zaki Muhammad Ali Sharabash, Muhammad Ali Mahmud Nasra, Usama Al Suraviy, Ahmad Rajab Rizq, Said, Fatima Abdurahman Badaviy.
The works on display at the exhibition represent various types of fine and applied art. These include painting, graphics, sculptures, photo art, miniature, embroidery, wood carving, tapestry and children`s drawings. The distinguishing feature of the works is the diversity of genre which includes historical compositions, portraits, still lifes, etc. In addition, the works also feature stylistic diversity.
However, in spite of the diversity of genre, types and styles, all the exhibits depict the artists` love for their motherland, openness to the outside world, a desire to learn an ethnic culture, and an aspiration to strengthen and develop mutual ties.
Of special note are the links between the Uzbek and Egyptian nations that exited, as historians have stated, back in ancient times and the middle ages. After Uzbekistan became an independent country, these links received development in various spheres, including in culture, science and education. This can be exemplified by an Agreement between Behzod Institute of Arts and Design, Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan, and Helwan University as well as trips by Uzbek and Egyptian artists, their participation in collaborative and international cultural projects.
The exhibition in question reflects a particular milestone in the development of modern Uzbek-Egyptian cultural ties that contain a huge potential for future collaboration. Active contributors to the organization of the event include Cultural Attaché of the Egyptian Embassy, Doctor Ahmad Rajab Rizq; Doctor of Arts Kamola Akilova; curator of the exhibition, art critic Shoira Gulomova.