The largest collection of artworks of Kazakhstan is in Almaty, in the Museum of arts named after A. Kasteev. An art gallery named after Shevchenko was founded back in 1930s and received rich gifts from museums of Moscow and Leningrad, which still form the basis of Russian and West European art collection.
However, since then the expositional facilities and priorities have changed dramatically. Thanks to tries of both the masters who twisted their fortunes with Kazakhstan (such as the painter Kalmykov and sculptor Itkind) and artistic generations born and brought up here (led by the patriarch of Kazakh art Abylkhan Kasteev), today the museum has the unique collection that cannot be found in any other collection in our republic.
So, if someone wishes to look at the total range of Kazakhstani painting, graphics art, sculpture, and applied arts – from primitivism and social realism to avant-garde and other “isms” – he may see it in its entirety only here. And there is one more important thing – the museum lives the vigorous museum life. That is why each visit here means the certain meeting with something fresh and new.