The Kazak Artist Almas Nurgozhayev’s exhibition titled as “Flight (Uçuş)”and Yerlan Aituarov’s “A Turks Arrow (Türk’ün Oku)” including a total of 21 art pieces exclusively created for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts has been opened by Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy at the exhibition hall of the Faculty of Dentistry of Near East University.
According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy; Founding Rector of the Near East University Dr. Suat İ.Günsel; Founding Chair of the Managing Board of the Cyprus Turkish National History Museum Prof.Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul; Head of Institute, Deans, academic members, artists and guests attended the opening ceremony of the exhibitions. Furthermore, it was stated that Founding Chair of the Managing Board of the Cyprus Turkish National History Museum Prof.Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul, Kazakh artists Almas Nurgozhayev and Yerlan Aituarov, and Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy each made a speech at the ceremony.
Prof. Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul: “By developing with art, human beings use art as a means of self-expression”
In his speech, Founding Chair of the Managing Board of the Cyprus Turkish National History Museum Prof.Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul stated that art gives colour to life just as the light from the sun gives colour to flowers. Furthermore, he emphasised that by developing with art, human beings use art as a means of self-expression; such that language and art are an important tool in expressing the needs of people by constantly changing since the existence of humanity.
He further said: “By developing with art, human beings use art as a means of self-expression. The individuals engaged in art present their works in order to reflect the conditions of the day and to mirror the society. In this way, the artists actually direct the development of society with their works. The museums where the works of the artists are exhibited contribute to the development of humanity and the recognition of the countries. Today, the concept of modern museology, which is evaluated with its social, social, psychological and technological dimensions, undertakes a mission to educate the society and ensure its social and cultural development. Besides all these, the Cyprus Museum of Modern Art has a more difficult task than other museums in the world. Our museum will be able to unite the Turkish world with the art works it exhibits under the umbrella of Cyprus Modern Art Museum; and also is trying to contribute to the promotion of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus through art all over the world. This unique storm of art and unprecedented, creating the Renaissance in art, our founder Rector. We are grateful to the Günsel family including Suat Günsel”.
“As the Near East Family, we value art and museology as much as we value education”
Prof.Dr. Özkul: “As the Near East Family, we attach importance to art and museology as much as we attach importance to science. We have three museums that combine science, technology and art including Cyprus Car Museum, Modern Art Museum and Cyprus Herbarium and Nature History; allowing visitors to spend time full of science, technology and art within the campus of the Near East University. New museums such as Turkish Cypriot National History Museum, Maritime Museum, Blade and Sword Museum will be added to our existing museums in the near future. The modern building of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, which is rising with great glory, reminds us more and more that the countdown of the grand opening will be held on November 15th. Today, we present the exhibitions of the Kazakh artists Almas Nurgozhayev and Yerlan Aituarov to you. Kazakhstan, which is one of the important states of Turkish history, has been the epicenter of states such as Hun, Gokturk, Kipchak, Karahanli, Golden Army, and the cradle of Turkish tribes such as Kipchak, Oguz and Karluk. The rich history of Kazakhstan affected many Kazakh artists deeply and the artists reflected this richness in their works. Such that reflecting the Kazakh culture, Almas Nurgozhayev`s exhibition titled as “Uçuş (flight)” includes 9 pieces and Yerlan Aituarov`s exhibition titled as “Türkün Oku (A Turks Arrow)” includes 12 pieces. One of our artists Almas Nurgozhayev used figurative abstract expressionist techniques in his works; while Yerlan
Aituarov, depicted the traditional combat abilities of Turks and their struggle in wars, as well as the power of the arrow in the Turkish custom. Congratulations to the artists who will be presented with the Silver Key Honor Awards and I hope you will all enjoy the exhibitions.”
Kazakh artist Almas Nurgozhayev started speaking by greeting the protocol and guests and welcomed everyone to his second personal exhibition at the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts. Nurgozhayev then said that the title of his exhibition was “Uçuş (flight)” and that he tried to show the images of mythological sentors and the composition of the dynamics of sports games in his works. Furthermore, he said that the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts gave him a creative inspiration and made him learn the different aspects of modern art. He expressed much gratitude to first of all to the Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel who brought everyone together and to the project management, Sembigali Smagulov and Orazbek Esenbaev from Kazakhstan. He stressed that he was very grateful to all those who provided comfortable working conditions, support and care.
Yerlan Aituarov: “Museum of Turkish states is being created for the first time in human history”
Kazakh Artist Yerlan Aituarov said: “Currently, the museum of Turkish states is being created for the first time in human history. In the face of many Turkish people living in the vast lands of the Eurasian area, the fine arts characterize their vision and cultural aspirations in many world arts. 21st century, a new art page opens on the island of Cyprus. Thanks to the initiative of the Founding Rector Dr.Suat Günsel, he organized a magnificent project that would bring colour and new lines to the Turkish people in the world. We think that this is a big step in the vision development in the consciousness of the peoples of the world. I found the idea of a personal exhibition called “A Turk’s Arrow” since I wanted to leave the traces of the past and the traces of contemporary consciousness in the (arrow) dynamic movement of Turkish people. I wish that the Cyprus Museum of Modern Art will bring beautiful works to the world and humanity. ‘Beauty will save the world’”.
Bakan Hasan Taçoy: “It is a very different feeling to experience events in our lives through the expressions of artists.”
Minister of Economy and Energy, Hasan Taçoy, began his speech by stating that as soon they had entered the exhibition hall, they viewed a lot of things. He said that they saw the modern art museum and the marks that people have left at the modern art museum. He pointed out that it was quite a different feeling to experience the events in our lives through the lens of the artists.
He said: “When we take a peek into the Turkic world, migrations and wars have always been the subject and their depiction reminds us that the road to success is won by war. I appreciate all the work done. I look forward to the opening of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts on 15th November . As the state, we are really excited and are ready to give our full support.”
Silver Key Awards were presented and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held
Subsequent to the speeches, Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy presented the Silver Key Awards and certificates to the Kazakh artists Yerlan Aituarov and Almas Nurgozhayev. It was announced that the personal exhibitions will be available to visit until 17th January 2020 on weekdays during 08:00-16:00 at the exhibition hall of the Faculty of Dentistry of Near East University.