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  • The Advisory Committee of the project is formed

    The second stage of the world tour of the mega-canvas has begun! The preparations for the exhibition at the Moscow Merchant Yard (Gostiny Dvor), which is going to be held during 12-15 August 2013, are going on at full speed.

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  • "The Path to Peace"

    Lekim Ibragimov has become a member of the International Art Exhibition "The Path to Peace" organized in honor of the 10th anniversary of the organization "Journey for Peace" (in the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization).

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  • The 1001 Art Project has applied to the Guinness World Records

    Guinness World Records Committee is considering the application of the “One thousand angels and one painting” project which was submitted last week to the art category.

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This is the beginning of the second stage of the "One Thousand Angels and One Painting" project world tour! 

The second stage of «Thousand Angels and One Painting» mega-canvas journey  has been completed and it is time to sum up.

From 12 to 15 August, everyone could come to Gostiny Dvor  in Moscow to witness the scale of the project and among the thousands of angels to find her . The second stage of the journey pattern in many ways surpassed the first. This is an unprecedented number of visitors, as well as close attention to such prominent media as EuroNews, Russia 24 , Culture , Russia Today, the agency Itar-Tass, and many others, art critics and art historians. Here is what they write about the project "One Thousand Angels and One Painting»

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About Project

DemoMagic tales from «One thousand and one nights» reached us from the remote past. With amazing perfection they reflect an extremely delicate understanding of the world by the peoples of orient, expressing this understanding by means of effortless wordplay. 
By virtue of the translation by Antoine Galland, Europe is acquainted with this greatest monument of verbal art of oriental peoples for more than 250 years. «One thousand and one nights» have largely influenced the world literature and art. Oriental tales were inspiring Charles Montesquieu, Christoph Wieland, Wilhelm Hauff, Alfred Tennyson, Charles Dickens, and Alexander Pushkin. A whimsical ornament of stories, profoundness and extremely delicate poetry of the tales used to be independent from time: in our century of information technologies they continue to attract and inspire painters. Thus, the project «Thousand and one painting» is in the same raw with the pieces of art flavoring the spicy aroma of «One thousand and one nights».

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Press release:

Press release:

Within the framework of the anniversary fair “20th Tashkent International Tourism Fair 2014” to be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, there will be an exhibition– exhibition of Mega painting of the artist Lekim Ibragimov, which was exhibited in Europe and Russia, and was recognized as one of the most significant 2012’s art projects in the world!

The guests of the city, people of the country, as well as connoisseurs of fine art will be able to see the extraordinary artwork demonstrating the Great Silk Road, plunge into the world of contemporary art of Uzbekistan and get a lot of emotions from the scale of the artwork.

It will be incredible discovery for the participants to see Uzbekistan’s tourism potential not only in architecture and folklore, but also in contemporary painting, as there are no analogues of such magnitude painting in Central Asia and Europe.

It is also surprising that the anniversary fair has coincided with the artist’s anniversary - 70 years! This incredible coincidence can be called historic.

This event can be considered as a promise to our future descendants in preserving the greatness of art and tourist potential of Uzbekistan.


Brief description of the project history

Lekim Ibragimov’s Art-Project “Thousand angels and one painting”

Europe 2012,Prague,Czech Republic

Lekim Ibragimov’s “Thousand angels and one painting” is probably the largest painting ever exhibited inPragueand inEurope. The exhibition was held from 9 to 21 July 2012in historical exhibition center Incheba Praha.

The total area of painting is over 525 square meters. Creation of this painting required more than ton of paint, 3 years of work on the original copy and 10 years in search of drafts. The canvas consists of thousands of pictures, and each has an angel. At the same time, no angel is similar to the other.

The project was supported by:


Ministry of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan, Russian Academy of Arts, Association of Public Unions “International Confederation of Artists Unions”, Office of the Mayor of Prague, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, State Museum of Arts named after I.V. Savitsky, State Museum of the East, Russia.



Informational support was provided by:


The exhibition of Lekim Ibragimov’s painting “Thousand angels and one painting” was organized in order to develop and acquaint the world society with the new direction of modern oriental painting, and promote modern art of Uzbekistan and Central Asia. Demonstration of the painting will open the new direction in painting with the shades of Uzbekistan’s color spectrum.


Project’s scale and mightiness;


The size of the canvas is 8 meters in height and 66 meters in length.

The painting was drawn on canvas by oil-paint – in accordance with all traditions of painting technology.

The artist names his creation as “visual epic”, an ancient song that will be heard in the cities where the exhibition is hosted. Along with the philosophical and lyrical thoughts, the project bears an important historical mission - demonstrating the art of the Great Silk Road from China to Europe.


2013, Moscow, Russia

During the period from 12th to 15th August 2013, the mega-canvas of the artist Lekim Ibragimov was presented to the public in Kremlin Moscow Gostiny Dvor.

In order to fix the new world records in the nominations of “The largest painting in the world” drawn in the canvas with oil-paint by one artist and “The largest number of angels in a single painting”, the General Director of International Russian Records Registration Agency “Interrekord” Vlad Kopylov with his team were invited to Moscow, where they determined and set two world records!

About the Author:

Lekim Ibragimov - Professor, People's Artist of Uzbekistan, academician of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan, Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts, delegate to the World Congress of Artists (Paris, 1998).

This worldwide recognized Master has won the recognition of art critics and public for his unique, incomparable artworks. All his creative work is permeated by deep connections with the ancient, pre-Islamic culture ofAsia. According to arts critics, his style is a synthesis of ancient traditions ofSamarkandpaintings, calligraphy of South-easternAsia, ancient Turpan frescoes, Eastern miniatures and European monumental painting.

Creative achievements and international recognition

Lekim’s paintings have been exhibited in many prestigious museums and art galleries around the world, including:

  • StateMuseumof Oriental Arts (Moscow,Russia)
  • StateMuseumof Arts ofUzbekistan(Tashkent,Uzbekistan)
  • Museum of Eastern Asia (Budapest,Hungary)
  • NovosibirskStateArt Museum(Russia)
  • StateMuseumof Art named after A.Kasteyev (Almaty,Kazakhstan)
  • Gallery of theCity HallofTaufkirchen(Germany).
  • Since 1976, Lekim Ibragimov has been active participant of republican, all-union and international exhibitions.



“Lekim is a great artist. Having glorifying the roots of Turfan’s ancient culture, he modernly and originally draws our attention to the essence of eternity, breaking the basics of the East’s outlook”.

Anatoly Kantor, arts critic, Honored Artist of Russian Federation, President of the RussianAcademy ofArt Criticism. 2003,Moscow.

“L.Ibragimov’s sources of inspiration are ancient miniatures of Central Asia. The dominating features of his artwork is mainly flickering, soft and warm colors, combined with rich cool shades of colors, giving composite emphasis on the artworks. Lyrical and poetic works of Uzbek artist reflect the mysticism and wisdom of the East”.

Olga Ivanova, arts critic, Doctor of Arts, research worker of theRussianStateHermitageMuseum.2007,St. Petersburg.

“His art has no imitation. We cannot find direct analogies with any of the most famous masters. His art pierced with respect to the classics, remains independent, original, as it is filled with personal outlook peculiar to Lekim only”.

Raphael Taktash, Doctor of Arts, Honorary member of theAcademy ofArts ofUzbekistan. 1998,Tashkent.

“Lekim has reached such an intensity of art resolution, which approaches him to the best representatives of classical modernism”.

Ingrid Zimmerman, arts critic. 1993,Germany.

Lekim Ibragimov is an artist, who gained worldwide recognition by his artworks, became a real discovery for us and therefore we grant him the status of the Honorary Member of Russian Academy of Arts.

Zurab Konstantinovich Tsereteli, Academician, People’s Artist of theRussian Federation, President of theAcademy ofArts.




Awarding the status of Honorary member of theRussianAcademyof Arts

Awarded by Zurab Konstantinovich, President of theRussianAcademyof Arts

Irina Aleksandrovna Antonova,

Director ofMuseumofA.S.Pushkin

and Elena Zurabovna Tsereteli,

Director ofArtGallery

at Lekim’s exhibition opening ceremony


The Book Inside Me. A thousand angels of Lekim Ibragimov

Леким ИбрагимовMega-canvas by Lekim Ibragimov that has already bewitched the most part of Europe, weighs 22 tons, its area is 528 square meters, 8 meters high and 66 meters long. Installation of the “Angels” takes four days, and for fastening of the picture is needed two and a half kilometers of steel cables.

ВVery impressive dimension of this artistic rarity is not the main advantage of the canvas. Each of the thousand paintings, of which the art object consists, represents a separate story composition written in beautiful calligraphy.

To the workshop of Lekim Ibragimov I was led by the story of the project “1,000 Angels and One Painting” and, of course, to ask the main question, when the art object will appear full-length at home, in Uzbekistan?

But about all in order...

About Author

Surprisingly, but Lekim Ibragimov had no prerequisites for beginning his creative activity and becoming world-famous. He was born in 1945 in a small village (Kichik Dehan village of the Uygur district of Almaty region in Kazakhstan) in the family of ordinary school teachers. There were no museums or art clubs in the area where he lived. However, his parents were investing their souls in fostering Lekim. His father was fond of reading and this hobby has defined the live of his son. In the books brought by his father, Lekim, being a boy, managed to discern his true vocation. His complicated path to become the artist has started when he began copying the book illustrations. It was followed by designing the wall newspapers during his school years school. And when, Lekim decides to stake it all. So, in 1962 he goes to Almaty trying to enter the art school. It was not surprising that he has failed the exam: I just was not prepared, explains Lekim.

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