Dogdurberk Nurgaziev, the owner of Kyrgyzstan State Order and Silver Key Honour Award of Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts and whose name is on the list of founders of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, died on August 9, 2019. The exhibition consisting of the artworks of Nurgaziev, held in memory of the painter by the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts at the Exhibition Hall of Faculty of Dentistry is opened by the Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy on September 19, 2019.
According to the information provided by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the exhibition is held in memory of the Nurgaziev on the 40th day of his death, who died on 9 August 2019 and is a Kyrgyzstan State Order holder, one of the founders of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts and owner of Silver Key Honour Award. It was stated that in addition to his excellency Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy, Founding Rector of Near East University Dr. Suat İ.Günsel, Dogdurbek Nurgaziev’s son Erbol Dogdurbek, Vice Rectors, Deans, Academicians, artists and guests attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition.
It was pointed out that Vice Rector of Near East University, Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ, Dogdurbek Nurgaziev’s son Erbol Dogdurbek, and Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy each made a speech at the opening ceremony.
“Great artists have no country! They have also no world; They belong to the space, to the universe, to anything infinite!”
The opening speech of the exhibition was made by the Vice Rector of Near East University Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ who began his speech by quoting Hippocrates words said thousands of years ago “science and art have along life”.
He reminded everyone that Dogdurbek Nurgaziev died on 9th August 2019 and the current exhibition was being held on the 40th day of his death to honour him; the owner of Kyrgyzstan State Order and Silver Key Honour Award of Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts. Furthermore, Prof. Şanlıdağ pointed out that Dogdurbek Nurgaziev’s son Erbol Dogdurbek was also present, and he expressed his sincerest condolences to everyone in Dogdurbek Nurgaziev’s family. Moreover, Prof. Şanlıdağ emphasised that Nurgaziev was included in the list of founders of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Artts. He also stressed that Nurgaziev was one of the most appreciated and loved artists of Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel. He said that Nurgaziev's name and his works will live forever in the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts. Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ ended his speech by quoting Alfred de Musset: “Great artists have no country! They have also no world; They belong to the space, to the universe, to anything infinite!”
Erbol Dogdurbek: “My name is Erbol…I am Nurgaziev Dogdurbek's son…”
In his speech, Dogdurbek Nurgaziyev’s son Erbol Dogdurbek said: “I would like to start by expressing gratitude to Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel for realising this exhibition on behalf of our family. My name is Erbol, I am Nurgaziev Dogdurbek's son. We were not working at his art gallery but rather living there. Although he, my father, always seemed simple and concise, as a teacher, he contributed to the development of Kyrgyz art and fine arts by educating many young artists. I have come to realise how he- as an artist- was a significant figure. He was a splendid father, and a husband. He was also a friend, a caring grandfather, a respected teacher, a colleague and a brilliant person. Once again, I would like to thank Dr. Suat Günsel for the support and attention he provided. May Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts develop further. May god give everyone a life-long health, fortune and loving life.
Hasan Taçoy: “The Longer the Artist's Works, the Longer He Lives”
Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy: “This is a very emotional moment for me because I was at the opening ceremony of Dogdurbek Nurgaziyav's personal exhibition in July and right now, we are commemorating him on the 40th day of hi death. A death at the age of 64 is actually a very early death for an artist. He has left his life and energy in his own works, and the longer his works live, the longer he will be kept alive. We are honoured to have Dogdurbek Nurgaziyev's work in our country. After meeting such an artist and shaking his hand, it would not be appropriate to miss this exhibition. Thus, this is an important moment for me.”
In addition to the above, Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy said: “Our artist is one of the founders of the great idea, the great treasure, the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts. It is a very different feeling to commemorate him and keep him alive. It takes fidelity to commemorate him. We've experienced this over and over. Dr. Suat Günsel has provided many opportunities for a small individual whom was left behind due to the destruction of a family following a recent disaster at sea. Soon after this unfortunate loss occurred. Immediately afterwards, Dr. Suat Günsel declared that Dogdurbek Nurgaziyev will be kept alive via Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts. On this occasion, I wish patience to the family, and I wish God's mercy to the late Dogdurbek Nurgaziyev.”
Dogdurbek Nurgaziyev’s bust was opened, the opening ceremony ribbon was cut…
Subsequent to the speeches, the deceased artist’s Dogdurbek Nurgaziyev’s speech which he made at his personal exhibition held in Near East University exhibition hall on 11th June 2019 was projected. Then, Dogdurbek Nurgaziyev’s bust was opened and the opening ceremony ribbon was cut by the Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy, Founding Rector Dr. Suat İ. Günsel and Nurgaziyev’s son Erbol Dogdurbek; and the exhibition was explored.
Who is Dogdurbek Nurgaziyev? Dogdurbek Nurgaziyev was born in 1955 in the village of Chon-Kizil-Suu in the Isik-Kul district of Kyrgyzstan. After graduating from Frunze College of Art in 1978, he graduated from the Department of Monumental Painting of Moscow V.İ. Surikov State Fine Arts Academy in 1985. In 1997, he received his PhD from the Kyrgyzstan Academy of Fine Arts. Nurgaziyev is a member of the Union of Artists of the Kyrgyz Republic and is a People's Artist of the Kyrgyz Republic. He is a board member of the National Academy of Fine Arts in Kyrgyzstan and a member of the International Academy of Creativity. He has participated in many national and international projects and exhibitions and has held 9 solo exhibitions in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Germany, France, and the United Arab Emirates. His artworks take place in State East Fine Arts Museum of Peoples in Moscow, Russia Nations Palace, in Geneva, Switzerland National Fine Arts Museum, and in museums and private galleries and collections in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Canada, Italy, Japan, France, Norway, Turkey, the Netherlands, Korea, Switzerland, China, Germany, the United States and Luxembourg.