Art for the People: Masterpieces Return Home
The time, which famous scientists dreamed of, has come. Today we are witnesses of how a grandiose project is implemented in Uzbekistan, which has no analogues in the world. The chance to get acquainted with its results will be presented on November 28-29, 2017.
The leading foreign and domestic scientists, heads of museums and libraries of Great Britain, Russia, Turkey, France, Czech Republic, Japan and other international organizations will gather in Tashkent these days. They will become participants of unique events that will unfold within the framework of the International Media Forum «Crossroads of Times: The Great Legacy of the Past Is the Basis of an Enlightened Future».
Probably, the reader could easily guess the consonance of this name, with the theses and appeals repeatedly put forward by the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev: «Education and enlightenment are the way to peace and creation»; «Education and Religious Tolerance»; «Enlightenment against ignorance»; «Today, as never before, attention to education is important»; «Enlightenment and education lead people to good deeds, goodness, tolerance» - all these ideas are naturally in harmony with the famous hadith, which reads: «Strive for knowledge from birth to death.»
Such a policy of the country's leadership inspired the organizers - the National Association of Electronic Mass Media of Uzbekistan (NAEMM) and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan - to touch an unchanged peculiar and important layer of the artistic memory of the people. This is a precedent, which ideally should bring something completely new to the scientific world and, undoubtedly, become a common human property.
Socially significant messages of the media forum resulted in his rich and very informative agenda.
HOW CAN YOU SURPRISE?
One of the main events will be the presentation of the project «Masterpieces of written monuments of the East», within the framework of which facsimile copies of priceless ancient manuscripts stored in foreign collections are published for their transfer to the collection of Uzbekistan. The first in this series were «The Koran from Katta Langar», «The Divan of Sultan Husayn Bayqara», «Rauzat-as-Safa» («Garden of Purity»), «Miragename», «Temur's Code».
Facsimile copies of these masterpieces kept at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Academy of Sciences of the Russian Federation and the National Library of France are made in a well-known printing house in Austria using a unique technology. They are created on the most close to the original types of paper with the use of natural gold inclusions. Copies are so luxurious that they are difficult to distinguish from genuine folios.
RETURN OF VALUABLES
The humanitarian event will be the transfer of these copies to the government and the people of Uzbekistan.
Also within the framework of the forum there will be a presentation and a solemn transfer to 136 museums and libraries from 49 countries of the next five books-albums published within the framework of the project «Cultural heritage of Uzbekistan». The sixth volume is dedicated to the unique samples of musical instruments and musical notes in the Collection of the Glinka Museum,
volume VII - to the most valuable monuments of the written heritage of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
volume VIII - to the collections of the State Hermitage, X volume - to the collections of the State Historical Museum and the All-Russian Museum of Decorative and Applied and Folk Art. For the first time in the series included an album dedicated to the cultural heritage, stored in the Savitsky State Museum of Art (volume IX), which will feature unique works of the Turkestan avant-garde.
FOR A WIDE AUDIENCE
In May 2017, the first five volumes of books were presented at the international congress «Cultural heritage of Uzbekistan - the way to dialogue between nations and countries».
The next five volumes from this series with applications in the form of documentary films will be presented during the media forum. Let us briefly dwell on their content.
The sixth volume is devoted to the musical heritage of Uzbekistan. The basis of this book-album is the description of the collection of musical instruments from the collection of A.F. Eichhorn is a military conductor and musical ethnographer. In addition, the book gives a description of the history of musical instruments in Uzbekistan, beginning with the Bronze Age (III millennium BC) and up to the present day. A unique application to the book will be a CD with rare records of national Uzbek classical music.
The seventh volume is about the meeting of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts. It presents one of the oldest lists of the famous work of Al-Biruni, «Monuments of past generations», collections of poems - divans of poets such as Agahi, Bisati Samarkandi, Bedil, Hafiz Shirazi, Sayido Nasafi, eight lists of Shavkat divan by Muhammad Iskhak Bukhari, divans by Shams Tabrizi and other authors.
The eighth volume is a well of unique finds from the collection of the State Hermitage. The album included the famous Ayrtam frieze - the stone relief of the 1st century A.D. Today, a fragment of the frieze, which once adorned a temple in northern Bactria, is kept in the State Hermitage. This volume presents the rarest works of medieval monumental and decorative art found in Toprak-kala and Varakhsha.
The ninth volume includes the collection of the State Museum of Arts of the Republic of Karakalpakstan named after I.V. Savitsky. It contains archaeological finds from ancient and medieval fortresses and fortifications located in the territory of Karakalpakstan, which are the objects of material and artistic cultures of the ancient Khorezm.
The tenth volume presented a collection of artifacts of Uzbekistan, stored in museums in Moscow. The book was based on exhibits of the State Historical Museum and the All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art in Moscow.
Combining the pleasant with the useful, the organizers decided to donate the sets of these books to the largest libraries, museums and educational institutions of the world and Uzbekistan. The forum guests will leave with a valuable acquisition.
TALK ABOUT PLANS
What is planned for 2018? One of the items of the program of the media forum will be discussion of albums and films, the publication of which is planned next year. These will be unique publications devoted to artifacts from Uzbekistan, stored in Britain, Russia, France, Turkey and Japan.
As the organizers noted, work on them will begin right within the framework of the media forum. The creative group of the project will discuss with the Russian art critics the planned publications about the collections of the State Museum of the History of Religion, the Russian National Library, the State Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography named after Peter the Great.
The plans include such bookalbums as «Numismatic collection of the British Museum», «Cultural heritage of Uzbekistan in the collections of the Louvre and other museums in France», «Book Art of Maverannahr» and others.
«MUSIC HAS TIED US»
Within the framework of the media forum, the documentary film «Uzbekistan: Newly Found Revelations», created jointly by NAEMM and «RussiaCulture» TV channel will be screened.
The culmination of the program will be «Evening of the musical art of Uzbekistan», which should leave unforgettable impressions. After all, they will be the first listeners of rare archival records stored on rolls in the funds of the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House) of the Russian Academy of Sciences in
St. Petersburg, which were recorded by Russian researchers on the Edison phonograph back in the 1920s.
For more than a century this collection has been kept in Russia. Now almost all the records are decoded and translated into digital format. A video version of this collection will be shown at the evening.
The project «Cultural heritage of Uzbekistan in the meetings of the world «continues its work. First of all, this is possible due to the attention paid by the leadership of Uzbekistan to the issues of careful conservation, enrichment and augmenting the historical, cultural and the intellectual heritage of the Uzbek people.