Event Details

 11-27 March 2016, Georgian National Museum,  Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Gudiashvili Street, Tbilisi, Georgia. www.museum.ge

Georgian National Museum Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts welcomes British artist Aigana Gali and an exploration of her Kazakh/Georgian roots to Tbilisi with a debut exhibition on March 11th, on view until March 27th. The Steppe fine art show will feature 26 large oil paintings by Aigana Gali that invite us to the barren lands of the steppe, Kazakhstan’s grasslands; a place she continues to long for.


About the show

Born in Kazakhstan, Aigana Gali’s first solo exhibition was held in 2003 at The Almaty Art Gallery – one of the largest contemporary galleries in Kazakhstan. Since then, she has been recognised as one of the brightest young talents of Kazakh modern art, and has made numerous successful group and individual painting and drawing exhibitions. Gali currently works and exhibits in London, UK.

The Steppe is an all-encompassing experience that invites viewers through paintings and sound into an extraordinary, boundless world. Award-winning BBC composers Olivier Behzadi and Jimmy Green have created a hypnotising mix of Turk and Central Asian contemporary music specifically written for the exhibition. Onlookers are encouraged to feel and connect with the art and appreciate the fragile balance between imagination and reality, spirituality and physicality, desolation and life. 

Gali strips away superfluous human constructions and re-centres on a core element that has survived through time: the Kazakh steppe. Historically the domain of tribal nomads, the steppe is ingrained with traditions, legends, mystical shamanism, and breath-taking landscapes, all symbolically interpreted by the artist. Gali explains

I’m a child of the steppe. When immersed within the barren lands, a deep feeling of nothingness washes over you, but it’s the perfect ‘nothing’. The knowledge of understanding one’s self is graciously met when immersed in such a place where only thoughts can fill the air around you, and you feel the true proportion of your personality against this enormous void. The paintings in this series are vibrations of space alongside silent resonances. They depict neither a particular space nor a precise landscape. Each work is an open possibility; an attempt to make visible a cosmogony of the steppe richly embroidered with timelessness and infinity. The absence of contours can suggest form; colours and mood change constantly according to the light.

Aigana Gali has been a long-time student of artist Oleg Pischev, and studied Fine Art at Almaty State University. After moving to London, she gained her Master’s Degree in Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in 2010 while working as an art councillor at the Kazakh-British Art Council. Over 100 works by the artist are held in private and public collections in Russia, Europe and Kazakhstan.

The exhibition will feature