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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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LEKIM IBRAGIMOV: « I talk with an angel inside me. What will the soul say? »

Epigraph:      I was born in the terrestrial body.

                     Spirit of mine, where are you from?

- How would you describe your creative activity?


- I would leave this complicated task to the art critics and historians. However, many of them have common opinion that my creative activity is a fusion of cultures, and of eastern and western traditions. As far as I am concerned, I prefer to focus my attention on the process of creation, which takes a lot of time. Creative impulse can be evanescent, but true oeuvre can only be created when such an impulse is continued for thirty or forty years.

- What are your sources of inspiration?

- My main source of inspiration is the ancient art of the East, but I am also searching for it in the contemporary European art. During my student years I have been closely studying the oeuvres of such French painters as Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin. An amazing thing is that while each of them was pursuing his personal career of artist, he was also showing preference in some national culture in which he was particularly interested.

«Thousand angels and one painting»: a new dawn in the history of painting

The Project «Thousand angels and one painting» is a giant oeuvre of a world-famous painter Lekim Ibragimov, whose artistic style is distinguished by the original manner of self-expression. The works of this painter are recognized for their poetical delicacy, fragile and often almost transparent brush strokes, richness of color nuances and tonal elaboration. The creative activity of the master is closely connected to the ancient oriental culture of Central Asia, which has helped him to gain a deserved recognition of the spectators.

Canvas of more than 528 square meters in size was inspired by the legends and events of the past, which have kept a right to be considered immortal. The art-project «Thousand angels and one painting» is an incarnation of the centuries-old wisdom, reflected in the well-known oriental tales from «One thousand and one nights» and in a magic of their numerical symbolism. The painter embodies in his oeuvres some kind of the desire to raise the veil of secrecy and mystical knowledge, of the charming beauty of the traditional oriental art, full of mystery and energy..

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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