Karimov Foundation holds exhibition of prominent Uzbek artist Bobur Ismailov

10 Dec 2018

Karimov Foundation holds exhibition of prominent Uzbek artist Bobur Ismailov

IMG_6638A temple as an allegory for the human soul, an Amazon as the embodiment of the protector-mother and emancipation, Sufi parables and ancient myths – canvases by Bobur Ismailov spanning a whole spectrum in black and white are unfurled before us at an exhibition launched by the Karimov Foundation at the Tashkent House of Photography.

“Bobur’s pictures constitute a contemporary artistic interpretation of the Orient’s rich and ancient philosophy. His works touch the impenetrable depths of human psyche, presenting a blend of finesse and beauty, love and sorrow, dreams, stories and laughter where ancient culture merges with modernity.

IMG_6629“Bobur Ismailov is an artist and philosopher, illustrator, accomplished theatre artist, respected teacher and author of many successful creative projects both in Uzbekistan and abroad. Once seen, Bobur’s works stay with us for ever; they leave an indelible impression, providing us with images and stories to ponder for a long time to come. I have been lucky enough to follow Bobur’s creative process for many years. And his work is now an integral part of modern Uzbek art,” said head of the Karimov Foundation Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva on the occasion of the exhibition’s launch.

Any of Bobur Ismailov’s 50 paintings showcased at this exhibition could easily be imagined as a scene in a show or a still from a black-anIMG_6632d-white film, and it was the narrative-like quality of the pictures presented here that led to the choice of the exhibition’s title: Narratives.

Bobur Ismailov’s canvases featured at the exhibition are unburdened by many details, with few objects or figures, but they are full of philosophical musings. Speaking about the reasons behind his shift to the minimalist technique, Ismailov notes that forsaking intricate details and abandoning a profusion of colour allows him to concentrate on what is most important and to depict his images in the most laconic and expressive way.

The exhibition is on at the Tashkent House of Photography (4 Istiqbol Street) from 10 to 30 December every day (except Mondays), from 1000 to 1700.

The Karimov Foundation is a charitable organization founded in late 2016 by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva in memory of the first president and founder of the independent Republic of Uzbekistan.

Raising the profile of Uzbek contemporary visual arts and fostering a national school of art by holding exhibitions and other cultural events both inside the country and abroad is one of the primary goals of the Karimov Foundation.