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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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Angels arrived in Prague.

The mega-canvas “One thousand angels and one painting” probably is largest picture that was exhibited not only in Prague, but even in Europe. The exhibition is being from 9th till 21st of July at the Incheba Praha Exhibition Centre.

The painting has area of more than 520 square meters, to the creation of which was used by more than a ton of colors. The canvas consists of thousands pictures and on each you will find an angel. Meanwhile every angel is no similar to the other.

Text and photos - Oscar Exner

The beauty and life

“The cultures of  East and West are quite different.  These cultures I try to combine in my creation - says the author of the mega-canvas. - When I had come to Prague, I saw and felt that all the same these cultures are very similar. I hope my angels say that's about it - the harmony of the world. And once I began to paint angels, to let people feel the beauty and joy of life”.

Twenty years of preparation

According to the most Lekim Ibragimov, a project idea came to him for about twenty years ago. And immediately, he began to work on the project for ten years. "It took me a lot of effort and tears" - said Lekim Ibragimov at the opening of the exhibition.

World Premiere

Organizers of project have chosen the first town for the exhibition - Prague. The next town, where she will be exposed - this is Madrid. Then she will go to Florence. Possibly that the mega-canvas will be travelled to the East, particularly to Kazakhstan. The highlight should be the exhibition in Moscow.

Note that by the decision of the artist, this project is a charity, and part of the sponsorship funds will be given to children disabilities who live in cities where the picture will be exhibited.

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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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