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June 2013

At the Call of the Heart

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I’m sure that paintings are collected by people who are not only well-versed in fine arts, but also love it from the bottom of their hearts. In the case of Makpal Karibzhanova, the President of the Sports Dance Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a restaurateur and a woman about to present her first book on healthy nutrition to the general public, my belief was right on. Love of the arts has been cultivated in Makpal’s family since childhood.

“I grew up in a family where fine arts were regarded with awe. My father regularly went to Moscow and Leningrad on business trips, and brought home paintings by Soviet artists. I often accompanied him on those trips to enjoy the paintings at the Tretyakov Gallery or the Hermitage. Today, my collection (about 50 paintings) includes paintings by Sergey Kalmykov, Zhanatay Shardenov, Salikhitdin Aytbaev, Mikhail Shemyakin, Andrey Selenin, Semyon Chuikov, contemporary American artists, and artists of the CIS countries.

In the Almaty Choreographic School, where I studied, we were taught the history of theater and culture, music and fine arts, which I love with all my heart. Perhaps that love influenced my choice of a life partner. My husband is the son of the famous artist Taboniyaz Karibzhanov, a member of the Artists Union of the USSR. His paintings are in the A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan and are objects of our family’s pride. A grandfather left us some of his paintings as a legacy that we cherish a lot.

Just like paintings of my cousin Kanat Nurbaturov, a famous sculptor and artist. Paintings come to the collection in different ways: we buy some paintings while strolling through cities on foreign trips, something is given by friends, but I can say that each one is in the collection at the call of the heart. There is a gift painting from the famous Kyrgyz artist Gapar Aitiev. He helped Taboniyaz Karibzhanov, an ordinary boy from a village, who was very fond of painting, to enter the university in Tashkent. By the way, Semyon Chuikov, a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR, once blessed our grandfather on the path of creativity. The artist saw our grandfather’s drawings as he passed by the house with charcoal drawings on the walls (the future celebrity had no pencils or albums at that time), they met and Chuikov wrote a letter of reference. These stories are a part of our spiritual heritage.”