Exhibition held in memory of sculptor Marat Ainekov

Exhibition held in memory of sculptor Marat Ainekov

The faculty of the Kazakh National Arts University decided to present recognized masters’ works to its students. An exhibition in memory of the famous sculptor Marat Ainekov has opened at the university. The exhibition reflects the different stages of the artist's life. Ainekov is one of the few Kazakh sculptors who received a fundamental education. He graduated with honors from the Leningrad Repin Arts Academy with luminaries of the Soviet sculpture such as Veniamin Pinchuk and Mikhaill Anikushin teaching at the Academy. The sculptor could work with any material. He was a talented sculptor has managed to create stunning sculptures. 

 

Yermek ASSYLKHANOV, FINE ARTS PROFESSOR:

He worked in Art Nouveau style, not as an objectivist-modernist, but in styles of substantive modernism or objective abstraction. This is 19th century style from the time of Ernst Barlach, Auguste Renoir and Ernst Neizvesnyi. I would put him on a par with them. There is allegory, symbolic images, they can be seen. The most valuable thing is that he developed Central Asian images not European or Eastern-Slavic.

 

Aida RUSTEMBEKOVA, STUDENT, KAZAKH NATIONAL ARTS UNIVERSITY:

You can look at his sculptures and understand what an outstanding person he was. How beautiful his works are, which show the power of the depths of a person.

 

Marat Ainekov had worked in Turkey and Europe creating sculptures of famous figures of culture and politics. Among the famous works of the sculptor are the monument to Ataturk in Turkey, the memorial to the Second World War in Taldykorgan, and a statue of Abai on Clean Ponds in Moscow, which has become truly a cult place for local residents.

 

Yermek ASSYLKHANOV, FINE ARTS PROFESSOR:

He opened the inner image, the inner world of persons he portrayed. Look at the portrait of Zhanturin, a portrait of Indira Gandhi. If we look at Shakarim, we see his inner thoughts; inner philosophical thoughts are made visible. Any sculptor can demonstrate a resemblance but not personality. Ancient Romans and the Renaissance sculptors were able to do this. Here he performed this task with excellence.

 

The sculptor left not only priceless creations, but also a team of talented students. Intellectuals and colleagues propose to name one of the lecture rooms of the Kazakh National Arts University after Marat Ainekov where he had worked during the last years of his life and even to establish a scholarship in his honor.