The stuff that dreams are made of – Arts and Crafts from Uzbekistan

24.11.22 Thu 19:00

Exhibition at Lobe from 24. 11 2022 – 4.12.2022 

Grand opening on the 24. 11 .2022 19 – 22 h

The visual arts have produced unique species and genres that enrich world art. You can get to know a selection in this exhibition, which juxtaposes magnificent Suzanis with masterpieces by Uzbek artists. The selection of works picks up on the visual habits of European art lovers without restricting the special features of Uzbek art. Look forward to paintings that reflect the life of the people, the unique nature, the spirit of the times and a certain image of Uzbek contemporaries. And let yourself be surprised: The works can tie in with European themes despite cultural, traditional and natural differences.


For when looking at them, it becomes clear on the one hand how many points of contact there are between German and Uzbek societies. At the same time, the pictures provide an insight into the history of Uzbekistan, its development during the Soviet era and its modern beginnings. There are also impressive parallels between the artistic and cultural development in Germany and Europe. The exhibited artists are representatives of a multinational, multicultural society. Bakhodir Jalal’s artistic approach strives for self-knowledge, for an understanding of the harmony between people and the universe. His paintings unfold like fantasy stories that reveal man’s place in this vast, revolving cosmos. Akmal Nur, in turn, is dedicated to the theme of love: rich colours and delicate tenderness fill every brushstroke of his luminous paintings.

This is contrasted by the magnificent suzanis – embroidered blankets and wall hangings – which honour the noble craft of Uzbek embroidery. The exhibition focuses on the special connection that suzanis create between women of different generations: on the one hand, suzanis are part of the dowry of girls in Uzbekistan, on the other hand, their making is an explicitly female tradition. The motifs of the suzanis stand for joy, fertility, long life, prosperity, good health and hospitality to the home, but are also meant to ward off the evil eye from the house and the family.

“With this exhibition, we want to show not only modern works, but also honour the great masters of the past who have so inspired the artists of today. Uzbek artists, firmly rooted in their centuries-old heritage and with the symbolic motifs of folk art in their blood, will create many more great works.”