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2 Sep 2020

Exhibition timed to Uzbekistan’s Independence Day opens in Minsk

Exhibition timed to Uzbekistan’s Independence Day opens in Minsk

MINSK, 2 September (BelTA) – An exhibition of paintings and drawings by artist Vladimir Gladkov has opened at the CIS headquarters in Minsk in the run-up to Independence Day of Uzbekistan, BelTA has learned.

The exhibition feature paintings and graphics, including themed works, everyday sketches, portraits and landscapes. This exposition is a wide reaching survey of the way of life, history and traditions of people living in Central Asia, the region where Vladimir Gladkov was born.

Taking part in the opening ceremony was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Uzbekistan to Belarus Nasirdjan Yusupov. He noted that Belarus and Uzbekistan are linked by brotherly ties. “The fact that we timed the celebration of Uzbekistan’s Independence Day to the opening of an exhibition of the Belarusian artist who worked in Uzbekistan means that our nations maintain very close contacts and have long-standing friendly ties,” he said.

The ambassador noted that Belarus and Uzbekistan are interested in cooperation in absolutely all areas. “The economy plays a decisive role, though. Our economic cooperation is gaining momentum. If it were not for the pandemic, the figures would have been better, however we have managed to maintain momentum in trade even amidst the pandemic. At present 80 companies with Belarusian capital successfully operate in Uzbekistan. “Our economies do not compete with each other, they are complementary,” he stressed. “Another interesting cooperation area is personnel training. Belarus has always been famous for its higher learning institutions. The birth rate in Uzbekistan is very high and the demand for higher education is very high, too. Universities of Belarus and Uzbekistan have developed joint training programs for students from Uzbekistan. Starting this year, Belarus-Uzbekistan Technical University will be launched to train highly qualified engineers,” the diplomat added.

Artist Vladimir Gladkov was born in Dasoguz (Turkmenistan) in 1947 and was raised in Uzbekistan. Since 2002, Vladimir Gladkov has lived and worked in Minsk. However, his works are still influenced by flamboyant colors and national traditions of Central Asia.

The artist has held more than 15 personal exhibitions in Tashkent, Minsk, Athens. In 1988 he joined the Union of Artists of the USSR. His works are in private collections in Greece, Italy, Japan, Hungary, Germany, Australia, England, Russia, Uzbekistan, Belarus, in the Directorate of Art Exhibitions of the Ministry of Culture of Uzbekistan and many other places. The artist donated 32 paintings depicting the Aral Sea to various funds. The series is valuable in that it was painted from life, and the reservoir no longer exists.

The exhibition of paintings is complemented by an exhibition of art books from the funds of the CIS History Museum of the CIS Executive Committee and the Presidential Library of Belarus. The exhibition was prepared with the assistance of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Belarus.

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