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The house of the famous artist Abilkhan Kasteyev was gifted to the government by his family in March, 2004 to turn into a museum dedicated to the artist. That year was thought of as the year of Kasteyev and celebrations in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth were held under the auspices of UNESCO. The house museum opened February 17, 2014.

The building is a single story, mid-century house, now a monument to history and culture, constructed on the orders of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Kazakh SSR D.A. Kunaev in 1955 specifically for Kasteyev’s large family. In 1958, the artist and his family moved into that house, however in 1966 it was partially demolished and in its place a new home was built. A workshop was later added in 1968 where the artist created various works. Construction of the home was conducted by the main architect of the city of Almaty N. Orazimbetov. The house is located in the eastern part of Almaty on the Small Almatinka river on Bekhozhin street (formerly City Street). The house is preserved in its original form: a living room, 3 bedrooms, the art studio, kitchen, bathroom, veranda, and a garden attached to the house. The total area of the museum is 0.7 hectares, the total area of the house is 142.5 m2, of which the exhibition and exhibition area is 100 m2, the office area is 40 m2.

A. Kasteyev lived and worked in the house from 1958 till the end of his life - November 2, 1973. In the workshop, the artist created such canvases as “Sarbazy Amangeldy”, “Turksib”, “Kapchagai Hydroelectric Power Station”, “Kenen Azerbaev”, and numerous watercolor works. In the house artists, writers, poets, musicians, academics, students, countrymen, and many relatives gathered. They discussed art, urgent issues, and other pressing matters. The brightest members of the Kazakhstan intelligentsia were invited to this house: the composer Nurgisa Tlendiev, dancer Shara Zhiekulova, Uzbekistan artist Oral Tansikbaev, Kyrgyzstan artist Gappar Aytiev, cinematographer and director Iskender Tynyshpayev (son of the Kazakh public figure, member of Alashorda Mukhamedzhan Tynyshpayev), and many more. The famous Kasteev tea parties behind the samovar in the gazebo were not just for relaxing, they talked about art here, debated, discussed the latest achievements of culture, dreamed about the future of the country. This house received various foreign delegations: an American delegation led by Rockwell Kent, as well as delegation of artists from Armenia, Mongolia, and Hungary. The artists of the older generation were regulars of these creative tea parties: Khakimzhan Nauryzbaev, Moldahmet Kenbaev, Uke Azhiev, Sakhi Romanov, Aubakir Ismailov, Zhanatay Shardenov and many others.

In the House Museum exhibit, things from Kasteyev’s life are exhibited. Each exhibit is an object of the creative process or household goods: furniture, easel, household items, sketchbooks, drawers, handmade graphics made by A. Kasteev, photo materials, archival documents.

The A. Kasteev Heritage Research Center collects and studies the artistic heritage of Abylkhan Kasteev, enlightens and educates. A. Kasteyev’s House-Museum hosts various thematic events dedicated to the artist’s life and creative work. In addition to the permanent exhibition, exhibitions of children and youth art are exhibited, tours, and creative meetings with artists and other creative intelligentsia are held there.

Visiting Hours:
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Phone Inquiries - 291-89-08
Zhbanova Gulnur
House Museum A. Kasteyeva is at the address: Almaty, Bekhozhin Street, House 6-A