Consisting of a total of 120 artworks exclusively prepared for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts by six Uzbek artists, six solo exhibitions were opened by Nazım Çavuşoğlu, Minister of National Education and Culture

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Consisting of a total of 120 artworks exclusively prepared for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts by six Uzbek artists, six solo exhibitions were opened by Nazım Çavuşoğlu, Minister of National Education and Culture

Six solo painting exhibitions that feature 120 artworks specially created for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts by Uzbek artists Sardor Allbergenov, Erkin Bozorov, İlhomjon Otanoyev, Urinboy Khamdamov, Alisher Khamdamow and Umarbek Rajaboy were opened by TRNC National Education and Culture Minister Nazım Çavuşoğlu.

The Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University released that the opening ceremony was realized with the participation of TRNC National Education and Culture Minister Nazım Çavışoğlu, Near East University Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel, vice rectors, directors of the graduate schools, faculty members, artists and guests.

The opening remarks of the exhibitions were delivered respectively by Professor Tamer Şanlıdağ, Uzbek artist İlhomjon Otaboyev and Nazım Çavuşoğlu, Minister of National Education and Culture.

Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ: Their names will remain written forever on the bricks that make up the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts
Indicating that within the scope of Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts project Near East University presented Alasia awards to the artists, who left their marks in art, in five fields of art including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics, Professor Tamer Şanlıdağ underlined that Alasia Awards, which comprise Ibn al-Haytham Award, photography masters award, Fergani Award, painting masters award, Khwarizmi Award, printmaking masters award, Ibn Tufail Award, sculpture masters award, and Al-Biruni Award, ceramic masters award, were presented to artists in honor of the great Muslim and Turkic philosophers, who lived in the 9th and 12th centuries and changed the direction of the world with their discoveries. He also indicated that Dogdurbeg Nurgaziyev Award was presented to the future promising young artists along with the other Alasia awards in honor of the decedent Kyrgyz state artist Dogdurbek Nurgaziev.

Stating that they had come together to realize the opening of six solo exhibitions that feature 120 artworks prepared exclusively for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts by Uzbek artists Sardor Allbergenov, Erkin Bozorov, İlhomjon Otaboyev, Urinboy Khamdamov, Alisher Khamdamow and Umarbek Rajaboy, Professor Tamer Şanlıdağ extended his congrats to all artists deemed worthy for Dogdurbek Award and underlined that their names would remain written on the bricks that make up the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts.

Prof. Şanlıdağ: “Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts will unite the world of art in Cyprus”
Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ: “Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, which brings together artists from many countries, provides freedom in creativity and unites the world of art in this geography, is a 6 storey building situated on 20 thousand square meters indoor area. This monumental building houses a total of 14 halls consisting of a foyer hall with a capacity of 1300 people, 4 permanent collection halls, 2 temporary collection halls, 2 photography exhibition halls and 3 sculpture collection exhibition halls. Besides, the museum houses a cinevision and conference hall with a capacity of 120 people for conventions and symposia concerning the world of art as well as studios and labs for analyzing and restoration of rare artworks, special light and audio infrastructure, photography studio, photography and restoration lab, expert offices, cinevision studios and hall, meeting rooms, air-conditioned warehouses for the protection of the special works, and repair and maintenance workshops. Along with all these, a fully equipped library to shed light on the history of art, archives and souvenir sections are available.”

Professor Şanlıdağ; “Nearly 1500 artists from abroad took part in Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts Project”
Underlining that almost1500 artists from abroad participated in the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts Project, Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ stated that many workshops had been held within the scope of the project and consequently 212 exhibitions, including the present ones, were opened within the last year. Expressing that the number of works produced for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts exceeded 20,000, Professor Şanlıdağ stated that together with the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, which will open its doors on 15 November 2020, a total of 7 museums including the Car Museum, Herbarium and Natural History Museum, the National History Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Knife and Sword Museum and the Miniature Car Museum will be in service of the art-lovers at the Museum Zone on the university campus. “The number of materials for all the museums that will operate on campus has reached 100,000 in total. I would like to express my gratitude to all of our artists, and especially to each individual member of Günsel family, for their unique contributions to carry this significant project into effect. I greet all you with love and respect” noted he.

Speaking on behalf of the Uzbek artists whose exhibitions to be opened, Ilhomjon Otaboyev began his remarks by greeting the protocol and guests. “Today, we have gathered here to open our solo exhibitions. We feel the happiness of sharing this special moment with you. Many artists has shared their views on this stage and extended their appreciations, and we agree with all the words said so far on this platform. On behalf of our art group “Art-Zemin”, I would like to express our sincere appreciations. We are grateful for your providing us with opportunity to be on your beautiful and hospitable land, meet and work with other artists. As our “Art-Zemin” group, we discovered the new world, found new friends, and for us these moments are unforgettable. İt wasn’t said in vain that beauty saves the world. We are sure that the beauty to be gathered under the roof of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts will fulfill that mission. I wish the God will shed the unfading light and endless energy for everyone who has endeavored to unite the great Turkic world. once again, I would like to extend our sincere and infinite gratitude to the Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel for his forward looking vision in launching such a significant project” said he.

“We do great things on a small island. It’s a very arduous path, it requires strength, it needs sacrifice and above all, it requires a forward looking vision”
Underlining that it hadn’t been the first exhibition opening ceremony that he attended, TRNC National Education and Culture Minister Nazım Çavuşoğlu stated that it was a distinguished happiness for him to participate in the opening ceremony of the exhibitions of Uzbek artists representing friendly and brotherly people. We do great things on such a small island. It is a thought far above the scale of our geography. This is a very arduous path, it requires strength, it needs sacrifices, and above all, it requires a forward looking vision to be shared with others to ensure collective progress towards the goal. The Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, which will unite the Turkic art and culture under its umbrella, provides us with the opportunity to touch the experiences of the ancient philosophers of the Turkic peoples as well as to imbibe the joy of the master pieces created by new talented Turkic artists. There is no such a meeting anywhere in the Turkic world. I would like to thank Suat Hodja (NEU Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel) for accomplishing this. You carry your feelings and thoughts here from the lands you come from. There are thoughts and paintings that I am very impressed with. If the question “Where is the Turkic Art Center” is asked to the Turkic world, I think, the reply will likely be “the whole Turkic world is in Cyprus, at Near East University”. I would like to thank all artists and everyone who contributed to this project” noted he.

Dogdurbek Nurgaziew Award was presented to the artists, exhibition ribbons were cut…
Following the speeches, DOGDURBEK NURGAZIEV Award, which is an award that presented to the future promising young artists in honor of the decedent Kyrgyz stateartist Dogdurbek Nurgaziev, was presented to each of the Uzbek artists Sardor Allbergenov, Erkin Bozorov, İlhomjon Otaboyev, Urinboy Khamdamov, Alisher Khamdamow and Umarbek Rajaboy by TRNC National Education and Culture Minister Nazım Çavuşoğlu. The exhibitions will be open to visits at the exhibition hall at Near East University Hospital between 08:00-16:00 hours on weekdays until 27 December 2019.