Art for the Peo­ple: Master­pieces Re­turn Home

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - CULTURE AND ARTS -

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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