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Nazarbaev Featured In 'Largest Post-Soviet Painting'

This painting featuring President Nursultan Nazarbaev in the hall of the Kazakh Humanitarian Law University in Astana has yet to be officially revealed, officials say.
This painting featuring President Nursultan Nazarbaev in the hall of the Kazakh Humanitarian Law University in Astana has yet to be officially revealed, officials say.
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbaev is being revealed as the central figure of the biggest painting in Kazakhstan, and according to the artist, the biggest in all the former Soviet region.

At 3.45 by 8.75 meters, the painting will be unveiled on the campus of the Kazakh Humanitarian Law University, a private school that belongs to Nazarbaev's longtime friend, Maksut Narikbaev. The two studied together in Ukraine in the 1950s.

According to the artist, the painting took nine months and nine days to finish. It depicts the opening of a new university building in 2008 in Astana. Accompanying Nazarbaev and Narikbaev is Astana Mayor Imangali Tasmagambetov. As they emerge from the building, a girl in a red national costume releases a white dove, the symbol of peace.
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by: Golden Elvis from: Anonymous SSR
September 19, 2012 01:47
The witch in red would probably be more effective if she was in blue. Just sayin'. If she wanted to represent Kazakh republic and not Kazakh SSR.

Also, the two guys jamming out on either side are great. This painter should do some work in Macedonia. Five stars *****

by: Bill from: Dushanbe
September 20, 2012 03:31
Classic Kazakhstan--always looking for the biggest/largest/newest, even if it is something ridiculous! Nomads..

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